Travel Quote Tuesday | A Sun-Drenched Elsewhere

“Now more than ever do I realize that I will never be content with a sedentary life, that I will always be haunted by thoughts of a sun-drenched elsewhere.” ~ Isabelle Eberhardt

In my everyday home life I’m a very sedentary soul. Of course I go places, my current daily work commute between North London and New Malden not to mention pootling around to visit family and friends. But I don’t walk much, as both my day job and this blog require a lot of desk time.

When I’m travelling, I’m a totally different animal and I love nothing more than to explore new places, and to get out there and see all the sights. Our travel style is still fairly gentle – we don’t try and cram too much into each day, giving ourselves time for leisurely meals and coffee stops, and to sit and observe and enjoy. But for us, a holiday is very much about getting out to see the world and finding all those ‘elsewheres’. We aren’t sunbathers but a sunny blue sky is always a bonus!

Alentejo vineyard view in autumn, with quote overlay from Isabelle Eberhardt

This beautiful autumnal scene was taken in Portugal’s wonderfully gastronomic Alentejo region earlier this year; at this moment, I was standing on the terrace of one of the many modern wineries looking out over their vineyards and surrounding fields.

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35 Comments to "Travel Quote Tuesday | A Sun-Drenched Elsewhere"

  1. Dannii

    I can totally relate to this. Sometimes I think I just want to rest and then I get wanderlust.

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  2. Jessica Norah

    It is kind of interesting because as a travel blogger I am less active than I was in my prior career (psychologist) as I spend even more time sitting around in front of my computer and travel now is normally work related. Before I did much more active stuff in my free time, now I spend it writing posts and editing photos! Kind of ironic 😉

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    kaveyeats

    Yes, I know what you mean, what with a desk job at work, and time spent at my desk at home to blog, it’s certainly more sedentary than is ideal!

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  3. kaveyeats

    Ooh intriguing, I have travelled to some colder places and I love the snowy landscapes, but I still want it to be sunny… I don’t mind it being cold though!

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  4. Dany

    Same for us, when we are at home we love to just feel lazy and enjoy the coziness of our place, when we’re on the road we can’t stay still!

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  5. Medha

    I love that quote! And we have pretty much the same travel style as yours – we do like to explore a lot yet leave enough time for leisurely coffees and meals. Sometimes just walking around, getting lost, finding hidden places, is so amazing. When I’m back home, I probably am the laziest person. I love coming back home from work and just relaxing everyday. But this routine has to be broken by frequent travels!

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  6. Erica

    Such a lovely quote, and definitely one I can identify with! I’m constantly out and about and my partner jokes that I’d be happier living out of hotels (he’s rights) 🙂

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    kaveyeats

    Haaa, I can do that for a fairly long stretch but I do start missing home after a while!!

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  7. Nic

    This is us for sure, after travelling for 18 months we returned home from Christmas and despite it being great to see everyone and see home, we realise even more that we can’t just stay here!

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    kaveyeats

    I would love to travel for more extended periods and need to work out how best to make that happen!

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  8. Edoardo

    I can understand what you mean. While at home I am the same as you are, when I travel I feel more energetic, I dunno why, maybe we are a human being with a nomadic DNA.

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  9. Michelle

    With the weather in London being what it is at the minute, I certainly don’t blame you! I try to get my 10,000 steps a day but all I really want to do is stay indoors all day long with a hot drink 😉

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  10. Damien McGuigan

    I think at home we are creatures of habit. When we are travelling we are taken away from routine and the normal and we can do as we please. It is a shame we cannot take that attitude and have it in our everyday life too

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  11. Samantha

    Such a great quote! Now that I’ve explore a little bit of the world, I’m just itching to continue exploring. I don’t think I can ever live a still life ever again. There’s so much to get up and see!

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  12. Eric Gamble

    Though I love this quote because it definitely describes me, I often wonder if it worries Darcee that “I realize that I will never be content with a sedentary life” because I know she would love to settle down one day while if I had it my way, I would leave and never return if possible. In my world it is slightly different too because I live in New Orleans where there is always something going on thus I am not sedentary at all but even an active home life can become rote and monotonous. I guess that is why I love travelling. It is constantly moving and evolving.
    Ugh my restless spirit

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    kaveyeats

    We’ve never travelled long term so we’re kind of settled but with constant itchy feet, which works for us but I would like to do some slightly longer trips (2-3 months) at a time if we can make it work.

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  13. Marcelle

    It’s so important to take in the surroundings on travels without hurrying from one place to the other. Many travelers have bucket lists and cram as much places into their holidays as possible. We don’t. Like you we enjoy to sit and watch, observe the everyday life in another country with curiosity.

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  14. Carmen Edelson

    I know what you mean because I feel like quite a different person when I’m out exploring the world! I actually tell people that I feel like the best version of myself when I’m traveling. Also, great quote! I totally agree with Isabelle Eberhardt 🙂

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