Date a girl that travels

Jan 4, 2013 | Family travel, Global travel

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She spends her weekends jetting around Europe, her holidays trekking through Uganda in search of gorillas, volunteering in a school in Ghana or lying on a beach in Sri Lanka. She spends her evenings reading travel books, watching travel movies or following travel bloggers on Twitter. She might appear to be independent and solitarily happy but, in reality, she would really like that perfect companion to be able to enjoy all of these things with.

She is inquisitive, curious, and intelligent; after all travel is the best form of education. She can talk for hours about her travel tales and with her passion and enthusiasm, you will never get bored. She is open minded, flexible and adaptable; if she can pee in a squat toilet in Vietnam or stay in a hostel with dozens of unwashed backpackers in New Zealand, tolerating your untidy bedroom is a piece of cake.

She has watched the sunrise over Angkor Wat, watched elephants in the wild in Kenya and dipped her feet into the top of Niagara Falls. A girl that travels knows how to appreciate the beauty in this world. She never loses site of the good things in life. She will be ever appreciative of those little notes you leave her when you go to work or the ‘I’m thinking of you’ texts you send her with nothing but a kiss.

Date A Girl That Travels

A girl that travels never gets bored, in fact quite the opposite-there are not enough hours in the day! She recognises every opportunity for fun, excitement and adventure! Keen to experience new and unusual things, whether home or abroad, she wants to take you along with her. From skydives, to mountain trekking to volunteering to build houses in Ethiopia, her sense of adventure is limitless and you will never get bored with her!

She doesn’t want expensive gifts. She doesn’t want three wardrobes and dozens of pairs of shoes. She is not materialistic. There is no need to spend lots of money on a girl that travels, rather buy her some incense sticks to remind her of the smells of Bali or some Milo hot chocolate to bring back the tastes of Australia. Or better still, take a nice picture of you and her travelling and frame it, she will appreciate that so much more than a new necklace.

She can look good, beautiful even, and on occasion she will dress up for you. But she is most comfortable in her vest top and shorts, hair tied back and freckles prominently sitting across her nose. Her hair is bleached from the sun and skin tanned and freckly. She sports numerous tatty looking bracelets around her ankles and wrists that she has collected from across the world. She is a traveller and she is beautiful.

She is happy and enthusiastic, loving and giving. She may be away a lot, but she will never forget you. You might not hear from her in days, but she writes about how she misses you in her diary, she tells the backpackers in her room all about how wonderful you are, she thinks of you before she goes to sleep. She will try her best to get to a place with wifi, so that she can send you that whatsapp message or call you on Skype. She misses you.

She won’t mind if you’re running late for a date, because she realises that sometimes the journey is more important than the destination. Heck, after travelling in India, she knows that ‘tomorrow’ is a perfectly fine time to get things done. Life is no rush, it’s often the slower, simpler pace of life that is more enjoyable, she won’t rush you, so don’t rush her.

So is she worth it? She most definitely is! She might seem a challenge to pin down, or to arrange a date with, but if she likes you, she will pull out all the stops to make sure it happens. A girl that travels has seen so many places and met so many people, so if she likes you, you should grab the opportunity with both hands! She has dated the romantic Parisian, the fun-loving Australian and the sensual Brazilian, so if she has chosen you, there must be something special there! Don’t let your insecurities or jealousies get in the way, if she likes you, she will always come home to you and, for once, she might even look forward to coming home too.

Travelling is a journey of self discovery; often learning as much about yourself as you do about the destinations you are visiting. She loves to travel, but if you play your cards right, she just might love you that little bit more. And perhaps that next romantic Goan sunset can be admired by you both… Date a girl that travels and your life will never be the same again.

Like this post? You might also be interested in my more recent post MARRY the girl who travels!

36 Comments
    • blackfrogpublishing

      That’s awesome! And that’s my dream girl – I’m lucky that I’ve met her, and still got her!

      That’s what happens when you break the rule of never getting involved with you tour leader…(I was the driver) 🙂

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  1. Gareth Sear

    My ideal date – we can talk and dream of travel. But will it be the same type of travel?? What you doing weekend after next? 😉

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  2. Martin

    wow!! the ideal girl friend for me, still looking for her, though… beautiful post, thank you=)

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  3. Melanie

    Oh Hayley. This is brilliant. So right out of my own head that I will likely post a link to it in an upcoming blog entry I’ve been working on about a similar topic.

    Currently, I’m a bit tired of being the strong solo traveler woman that everyone thinks is so brave. I’d love another soul next to me to watch that sunset. Calling that into my life for 2013.

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    • Hayley

      I’m glad you liked it! I think many female travellers will be able to relate, if you post a link that would be fantastic! I’ll look forward to reading yours too! 🙂

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      • madamjo

        Thank you for this, the story of my life!

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  4. Jessica of HolaYessica

    Nice post! I especially like that you mention being too busy arrange a date with….I’m definitely guilty of that one! Happy travels.

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  5. Anita

    Fantastic writing Hayley! Love the post 🙂

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  6. Jeff @ GoTravelzing

    Where do I find one of these? I guess I need to travel more because apparently they are out there.

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  7. Aggy

    I so so love this post! Wonderfully written 🙂

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  8. Pablo

    I’m with Jeff on this one, where can I meet some women like this? Maybe I should take the final plunge, ditch the job, and make traveling my life 🙂

    Great Post!

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  9. Journeys and Travels

    this girl must be so busy travelling to be noticed. 🙂 great write up.

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  10. Sarah Aria

    Im sharing this on my blog! I loveeeeeeeeed it!!!!

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  11. Andy

    I found one, and added bonus is she can bake too!!!

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  12. atul

    Ahhhhaaa…………
    H A K U N A M A T A T A……………………………
    but it’s very difficult to find someone like this but not impossible at all..

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  13. Thor

    Wow, but if she travels that much, I m sure she doesn’t care about the house and your house will look like a messed place coz doesn’t matter how much u organise she will make a mess in prepration of next travel. She isn’t for a guy who likes to keep his house tidy.

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  14. Amandas_Wanderlust

    This is beautifully written and so true! I have to make my boyfriend read this to remind him how lucky he is lol!! I only wish he had a passport so that he could travel with me!!!

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    • Hayley

      Haha you should definitely remind him

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  15. Katelyn Thomas

    Exploring the world with someone who loves to travel is so much fun. Hope you find your soulmate!

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  16. Kathy - Walkabout Wanderer

    Wow I love this post! I have so many problems with men due to me being so independant and traveling so much. You have hit the nail on the head.

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  17. Sydney Fashion Hunter

    What a lovely post. Although as a girl that travels I still covet a good pair of shoes!

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  18. Aparna

    Could not agree more! Beautifully written too, thanks for sharing!

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  19. thetravelpockets

    Great post! I love the lady that travels! I also love meeting people of all races and gender that travel 🙂

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  20. Daniela Frendo

    This is so sweet (and true)! I’d also love to read a post about dating a guy who travels 🙂

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  21. ivannar89

    This is really quite a beautifully written piece. Captures all the most precious moments of travel and all the strength accumulated.

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  22. Eva Casey

    Now I just need to find me a man who travels! 😀 You’re spot on, though, with this one. Us traveling girls are pretty awesome!

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  23. GeekGirlGoes

    I LOVE this!! What a great description of girls who travel, this really hit home with me! Maybe if I share this around some more, someone will take notice and date me!! haha

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  24. alex

    I agree with a lot of your post. In that the character traits you mention are good things to see in a partner. But I would like to challenge your ideas a little bit. Many of these traits can be found in people who are adventurous locally, who go out and meet people who are different to them in their own communities and who make an effort to improve the lives of their neighbours instead of ignoring them.

    I’m assuming many long-haul flights are involved in your adventures. If we all traveled in this way the damage to the planet would be huge. Actually we need to be encouraging people to take fewer flights going forward. The impression from your post is that travelling is essential to developing these qualities – its not. Living a full, well-rounded life and keeping an open-mind are all that’s needed. You can do this in one place!

    Please don’t see this message as being judgemental towards you! I just can’t see the sense in advertising this lifestyle as a good idea. For the sake of future generations we actually need to encourage staying local with maybe one well-chosen long-haul trip taken every 2-3 years.

    p.s. you write very well and I got here via the Huffington Post article

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