5 Weird Things I Love About Travel

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Jessica Peterson

5 weird things i love about travel

There are a lot of reasons to love travel — escaping your routine, experiencing a new culture, food — but that seems fairly obvious. Instead, these are the unexpected things I love about travel.

Hotel Baths

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I am a hot shower addict and a bit of a spa junky. The bath kind of makes the room as far as comfort and luxury goes. If a rustic room has a great outdoor shower, I’m in! Hot showers are one of the few things that ease my neck tension and travel definitely contributes to flair-ups. My favorite showers have been at Rock Island in Negril, Jamaica, Santi Mandala Resort in Bali, and the Skycity Marriott in Hong Kong. Oh, and what’s better than a luxurious hotel bath? An airport shower! I regularly travel 24 hours at a time to/from Guam, so when I have a long enough layover, I rent a shower at the airport. Hong Kong, easily one of the world’s poshest airports, and Tokyo, both have shower rentals. You can get an hourly rental of a tiny room with a bed at Tokyo’s Narita Airport.

Gorging on in-flight entertainment

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I am an aspiring travel filmmaker, but long before I wrote my first script, I was a film junky. It starts pretty early in life for most of us — my dad is a huge film buff. I grew up in the ’80s so TV was a big part of my life too. I’m not ashamed to admit that I still watch network television (Cooking competitions? Oh, yeah.). That being said, I don’t mind spending 14 hours in an airplane (okay, I mind a little) as long as the guy next to me doesn’t stink or snore and the in-flight entertainment has plenty of options. I’ve discovered some of my favorite movies at 30,000 feet. I’m that passenger wide awake at 3 a.m., on the edge of my seat during the climax of “Whiplash” while everyone else is knocked out. Sleep can wait when there is great in-flight entertainment!

Power walking through the airport

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Disclaimer: I don’t love exercise. That is, I don’t like working out in a gym. I like to be on the move. I like to have a destination. As you already know, my kind of workout is climbing a volcano or trekking through the forest to see wild orangutans. Perhaps that’s why I like striding through long, air-conditioned airport terminals — I’m heading somewhere in particular and I’m burning calories. I like long stretches of walkway and even airport architecture. Sometimes, I even like airport food! Wait, this was supposed to be about exercise…

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Photo Editing

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The thought of editing thousands of photos actually delights me. (I shoot everything RAW, so I have to edit every single photo I post. Overachiever much?) Photo editing is like reliving the trip. I see things in my photos that I may not have observed in the moment. The smells, sounds, and feelings of the place come back to me. The more I photograph, the better I get, and I have a sense of pride when I see a well-composed landscape or a revealing candid. Believe me, sitting at a computer isn’t my idea of fun in general, but if I’m photo editing, the hours pass quickly. This is part of why I enjoy travel blogging so much!

Coming Home

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I’m an overachiever, so I will overextend myself to accomplish a great itinerary. Add to that the fact that about 99% of my travel is budget travel. I travel hard and I often travel far and long. (Around the world in 40 days? Sure!) This makes me positively giddy about coming home. Once I get to Narita Airport (and I always end up in Narita on my way to Guam, my home), I’m delirious with exhaustion. I am mentally counting down the hours until I can reconnect with my kitties and my bed. I love stepping out of the Guam airport after 24 hours of travel in freezing cold airplanes and feeling the first wave of humidity come over me (it’s always 85º F with 90% humidity in Guam). I like swinging open the front door to see my cat’s reaction to me. I like emptying my suitcase and watching her play in it. I like transitioning from my tiny Macbook to my ginormous iMac. I like home-cooked meals (okay, if only for the first few days). Yes, I appreciate home more the longer I’ve been gone.


What weird things do you love about travel?

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Jessica Peterson

Jessica Peterson is a travel filmmaker, photographer, and journalist. She released her first documentary film about indigenous culture on Guam in 2016, after having lived nearly 7 years on the Pacific island. Jessica is currently on the Great American Roadtrip in her Airstream trailer.
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  • Rebecca Morris

    This is great! I actually really love long flights or just flying in general. To me it’s the start of an adventure so it’s all exciting plane trip and all. Plus you can watch movies for 15 hours and not feel guilty 😉

    • Thanks, Rebecca. I don’t think I’ve met anyone who loves flying that much, except maybe a pilot! And yes to guilt-free movie-watching!

  • I love walking through airports too! And I totally agree, coming home after traveling is one of the best feelings in the world!

  • I agree with the in-flight entertainment! I always bring books, but never read, cause it’s such a great time to catch up on my movies 🙂

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  • Yes, this is SO true! I’m learning to whip out my camera every chance I get when I travel so that I can get better at photography– the organic way!

  • Very true, nothing beats a relaxing hot shower, or even a cold one! Something I never thought I’d actually want to have until I went to Central America. For those few minutes I wasn’t sweating, it was bliss! 🙂