Spending some time browsing this headline, most of the articles I came across were more like self-help-advice columns, offering that sincere cliché: “if it’s meant to be, it’s meant to be” – cringe! For someone who is usually inclined to use ‘fate’ as a conclusive ending to things that have no real explanation, even this comment made me grimace; as though someone seeking an ever-more romanticised version of the future could rely on this unanswered quote.
I realise now what I was looking for: epic tales of falling in love and frolics on the road. Instead I stumbled across a somewhat more serious approach to what could have been a brilliant collection of personal memoirs gone public.
Clearly I wasn’t looking in the right place and so to Amazon I browsed. It was here that I gladly bought Brief Encounters: Sex, Love and Travel, a collection of short stories put together by Lonely Planet. May I recommend this read to anyone who is seeking a read on a subject that seems too emotional to discuss publicly, yet familiar enough to smile at in recognition.
I’m glad I get to feel like this – said she
The search engine wasn’t a total miss; a beautiful story from author Nancy writes “A bicycling kind of love story” that gives a gutsy glimpse at what life can be like even when you don’t follow society’s ideals. Nomadic Matt, a booming travel writer, has published a great read by Anygelina “The challenges of love on the road” offering a realistic approach to advice and experiences of falling in love and falling in lust on your adventures. Something most of us can relate to even on our 2 week holidays.
On a personal note, the last year has shown a mixture of personalities and bodies that I have fleetingly enjoyed or willingly stayed in touch with. Nomadic Matt writes quiet accurately when he says:
Destination relationships give travelers a chance at human contact – but without all the messy emotions that so often get involved. There’s no baggage. There’s a clear start and end date
I suppose the quote “if it’s meant to be, it’s meant to be” is trying to get back to simplicity, trying almost desperately to find a way of explaining that there is no answer but a rough shrug of letting go. Let it be and allow yourself to fall whenever you can…. What do you think?