When I see or hear of someone being a full-time traveller, my original thoughts were “wow, that’s amazing” and “what a life!”. Those were my initial thoughts prior to embarking on this travel journey. Now, after 7 months of being a full-time traveller myself, my impressions have changed.
Travelling full-time is hard! It’s not all rainbows and unicorns. Daily life stresses still exist, believe it or not. We still need to pay our bills, ensure our taxes have been filed and decide on when or how I’m going to cover up the grey hairs that are starting to peak through.
But, I guess like most things in life, there are pros and cons. I get to see and experience so many new things. Now, I really have a ‘story’ to tell about my life to all my nieces and nephews, hoping that they care to even hear about it.
On the other hand, I miss out on so many celebrations and family events. I’m even beginning to miss my belongings; having minimal things that fit into a suitcase gets pretty tough at times.
This confirms the fact that life is all about having the right balance. We need to be able to enjoy what we love (ie. being a traveller and seeing the world), while spending time and making memories with family and friends. Even the daily grind of work!
We have been away from home for 7 months now. That’s a pretty long time! And, not only myself, but Ernest also, is looking forward to being back home and back to normal “life”.
What You See Isn’t What You May Think
You heard it from me, that sometimes what you see may be different from what you may think. Sure, we’re having a blast seeing different places and doing things that may be out of the norm, but most days we’re longing to be home and back to ‘normal’ life.
We’re definitely still very much appreciative for this whole experience. We worked hard and made decisions which has led us to this journey. But now we know, that being full-time travellers isn’t exactly what we thought it would be.
Balance is the key to happiness and living a fulfilling life. Read more about my thoughts on balance here.