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The Downside of Travelling Long-Term.

I have heard about it. 

I have read about it.

I have been waiting for it.

Finally, it has hit us!

We have got tired.  Really tired.  Tired of moving. 

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That time in the life of most full-time travellers. If they were honest with themselves.  Mind you this isn’t the end of doing housesitting and fulltime travel.  It is a stage that we have not yet experienced before, and it needs to be dealt with sooner than later.

We have got to the point that everything is “just another” place, another church, another historic site.  The thought of heading down the road to do another 800km roadtrip, a planned visit to another town, becomes “just another”.

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That “just another” feeling started to hit us when we arrived in Istanbul, a very busy and in your face sort of city, freezing temperatures and a shortened time to explore due to a stomach virus which of course is another “common” occurrence during travel.

Don’t get me wrong we were glad that we had the opportunity to visit Istanbul plus another experience of Turkey.  It just wasn’t the way we had planned.  We expected more of ourselves.  Which of course is life, isn’t it!

This is not about grumbling about things, it’s my acknowledgement to you all that long-term travel even executed reasonably slowly is not all a bed of roses.

Then came the final nail in that balloon of enthusiasm.

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A planned trip in between two housesits for the same people, over here in Turkey.  We had 6 days.  The Grand plan was to head over to Galloppi, and the thought suddenly became very unappealing.  To be honest, I was disappointed with our lack of energy and enthusiasm.  Then with more research, we found that many of the monuments had been defaced, with another report stating that they were being restored.  It was another reason not to go.  Then the thought of two days of travel to spend less than 1 day at the destination.  Buggar that we thought!!

It’s more productive to find a solution.  It is my way of dealing with that BLAH feeling

It was time for acceptance of these feelings as it is usually a combination of events and reasons to have negative thoughts with a way of life that is generally enjoyable and will be enjoyable again.  It’s a short-term thing.  We just need more time to be still.  Which we have at the moment.

Time to have time to do nothing, to do the mundane.  Appreciate the simple things in life.  Ignoring those annoying thoughts, “you must go and do SOMETHING”, that come uninvited upon waking up in a different environment.

Okay time for action, in a slow way of course.

Activity relating to doing what we want to do not what is expected of us.  It will be longer walks along the beach together. Doing the “circuit” around the countryside walking Tequila, the dog to her favourite watering hole.  For me, it is writing up our travel stories and reading blogs from bloggers I love connecting with, who give me inspiration on a daily basis.  Who makes me smile and think. For the Squire, he has his own way of having time out, learning new “stuff”, which is mostly working with numbers than words.  Of course, it is time just to be in the comfort of each other’s company.  Thinking of what we have enjoyed during our time travelling together.  To looking forward to sharing an adventure on the canals in the Netherlands during late summer with friends from New Zealand.

The connecting of people we know and making new friends along the way is very much an essential and enjoyed aspect of our lives.  Especially connecting with family and friends back home, we do indeed miss them.

You do need to be a particular type of person to enjoy long-term travel.

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We are that type of people, as we are independent, flexible, we are able to deal with constant change and are able to spend time alone and also, enjoy each other’s company.  Having a goal is so important.  We do have one.  It’s to see and experience more of this diverse world we live in, to meet people and care for their animals, to housesit.

One day in the future there will come a time, where constant change and flexibility that goes with long-term travel will no longer hold the magic that it once did.  Travel will always be a part of our lives, though not to the extent it is now.

Until that time and that decision arrive, we will take time out when needed and continue on our journey as contented housesitters and travellers.  As the positives still outweigh the negatives. Who now and again just need to slow down and do nothing at all.  At the moment, it means to merely smell more of those blossoms from citrus trees that are currently in full bloom.

It’s Springtime.

A time for new growth and to learn from old.

To look ahead to all the new things we have yet to experience.

Of course, after this interlude of downtime and smelling the flowers so too speak!

THE DOWNSIDE OF TRAVELLING FULLTIME 2

 

125 thoughts on “The Downside of Travelling Long-Term.”

  1. This is such an honest reflection on the problems of continuous travel. I am the opposite sort of person, travelling to one place for a reason then scuttling back home! What makes your blog so rewarding to me is that you do have a purpose, and yours is not a life unexamined. All your adventures are a bonus! I hope you will carry on being kind to yourselves.

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  2. I hear you. Moving around all the time is hard work! That’s one of the reasons why we like housesitting so much. Then we do all the ‘normal’ things, like grocery shopping, cooking, lounging on the couch. As they say – change is as good as a rest.

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  3. I have wondered a few times after reading your amazing posts, Whether sometimes you do get tired of it. I totally understand you. Even though you love to do something, & I think it relates to most things in life, you still need to step back from it sometimes just to recharge & keep a check on whether you’re still enjoying & appreciating your chosen paths. It’s great that you do still love your travels 😊

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  4. Oh dear, have you hit the wall? You might just need to be a little kinder to yourselves. Just because you can go out and see everything or do everything doesn’t mean you should, does it? We put so much pressure on ourselves sometimes with what we ‘should’ do then we feel guilty when we fall short or we wear ourselves out getting there. So you’re going to sit and look out the window for a few days. The world won’t end. Give yourselves permission to wallow a bit. When you’re ready, those places will still be there.
    I admire your endurance, its more than I could do. Take care. xx

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      1. I’m glad you’re ok. I understand how small things can add up to feeling like it’s all too hard. We’ve had moments of that in our journey on the farm but, given a little time to hunker down or spoil ourselves, they’ve passed. And look, we’re still here. 🙂

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  5. Sometimes we do simply have to take a break. I haven’t done full-time traveling, but I have lived abroad for a year or two at a time, and that got tiresome, especially as I didn’t love the job that was the reason for my being there. Finding a new way to live our lives is sometimes called for. We can renew and experience a new period of self-discovery. 🙂 ~ Cathy

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  6. Hubs and I are just now investigating Class B travel vans so that we can start exploring more of this country. We will keep our home, and so that we will always be able to come home to recharge. Thanks for pointing out how important that is, and I’m really glad you recognize your own need to decompress…I enjoy following your adventures, and they inspire me! ~ Lynn

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  7. Sometimes you just need to re-energize and take a bit of time out. I really enjoy coming along with you on your travels, but can imagine that occasionally it gets a little much. Enjoy your rest and quality time together. 🙂

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  8. I definitely idolise the lives of people who travel full time, so it’s kind of refreshing to read it from the point of view from someone who understandably gets tired from time to time. I think sometimes you just need a break from a constant life of travel.

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  9. Oh that nagging feeling to do something! I think it’s so important to take time out and be still and do nothing in life. We need that time to recharge ourselves not just physically, but mentally too. I’ve had that “tired of travelling” feeling after just 4 weeks of travelling about. I’m ashamed to say me & HIM cancelled a trip to Yosemite park as we both “couldn’t be bothered”. We’d seen and done so much throughout our trip around the US and this was right at the end and we just wanted to chill. We’ll visit it another time.

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  10. I imagine it must be an amazing experience to see all these different countries and cultures, but the constant moving would become tiring. At least you’ve identified it and can continue to be mindful of your feelings. That way, if the time comes that you no longer want to kove about as much you can devise a plan. Plus, there is something really nice about sitting and doing nothing!

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    1. It is very hard to sit, think and do nothing for most people. I especially find it hard. No doubt why blogging is such a great outlet for me and more constructive than most things we can do on the WWW. Plus one I can do on the move. We have a wonderful place to relax in, so we are very lucky!

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  11. I totally get this. I sometimes find myself longing for the magnificence of the mundane and the comfort of routine. What gets me through is knowing that I have choice. I can stop this sailing odyssey whenever I’m ready. The ‘everyday’ will be waiting to welcome me home. To keep myself ‘afloat’ in the interim, I do as you suggest – carve out a little sameness in my travel life by choosing a bit of stillness and over 24 x 7 touring. Love the balloon picture 😄

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  12. I can imagine how almost constant travel could get tiring. Even though you stay for a while in each location, it’s not your personal “nest.” We enjoy traveling for 4 – 6 weeks at a time but, after that, we usually want to go home to what is familiar. I think you are smart to consider slowing down a bit and not feel like you have to act like a traveler every day. Instead, give yourselves permission to act like residents.

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    1. Janis, today is a day of just sitting on my backside, after of course we walk Tequila 🙂 We have a couple of weeks of relaxing before our flight to the UK. I wanted to highlight a different side to travelling, as I have previously mention we have no intention of stopping what we are doing. The positives still outweigh the negatives 🙂 Looking forward to reading about your next trip!!

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  13. How wonderful to feel that type of tired! I would love to be on the other end of that fatigue. I know that the grass is always greener but, doesnt that mean that you’ve accomplished a lot? Great post!

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  14. It’s so important to acknowledge the bleugh as well as the hurrah. Doubtless you will infuse yourselves with more enthuses soon but in the meantime I hope the blues pass quickly (and the tummy upsets 🙂 )

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  15. The norm is still here in our little country down under so far away….it will still be here when you are ready to feel the comfort of it when you are unable to do what you are doing now…you are right taking a spell and a deep breath will energise you again to feel the fun of it all.
    Thinking of you both.
    Glenys and David

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  16. I hope you get over the ‘just another’ feeling soon. I can only imagine how tired you are after following along on your adventures for a while. The world is wonderful but burnout is not so!

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  17. This was a great read. I’m not extensively well-traveled, but when I go somewhere abroad, I always go for at least three weeks. That’s nothing compared to travel full time, but I can see how it can get to be exhausting!

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  18. As somebody that has always lived in the same town, the same house even! and has only travelled a little your life sounds so exciting yet exhausting to me. I would love to see more of the world, but like you say, take it easy, take it all in. Those views you always capture… stunning!

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  19. Wow, as you publish this post, I have one that’s scheduled for tomorrow about our travel anniversary this week – leaving Australia and being on the road for 4-years.

    Although I only returned to Australia because I had to for a few weeks twice in 4 years, I don’t miss a lot about it…yet. I can relate to what you’re feeling though.
    Different circumstances whilst travelling present differing challenges, and sometimes you just don’t need challenges. You do need to stay in one place for a bit to rest and reassess.

    Many think that housesitting is relaxing and very easy but I’ve found you tend to do even more when it’s not your house, especially if there’s a menagerie to look after . It can be a lot of work and not much rest time.

    When it becomes “just another place” then you know, it’s time to go home for a break, even if it’s only for a month or two. 😉

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    1. Happy Anniversary Nilla, which I knew about 🙂 Housesitting does require a certain amount of work, though we feel relaxed enough. I think it was more of getting over a stomach bug and not getting good sleeps. It is passing and we will be back in NZ in Oct for a few weeks. Though dog walking and home cooking during our housesits with beach walks is all we need for the next week. Then it’s the UK. Which we are looking forward to and other things. The post really was to highlight that no matter what lifestyle you choose everyone has a negative as well as a positive. Luckily the positives outweigh the negatives, so all good NIlla. We have yet to come and annoy you in Italy 🙂

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      1. I remember you had a stomach bug that seems to be hanging around for a bit. My partner had a serious one for most of nine months back in 2011 whilst in South America. Returned to Australia and they couldn’t find anything wrong – very strange. He lost serious weight.

        You’re always in the cold for winter – need to do something about that. 😉

        You’re right. There are positives and negatives to everything in life. Ha, ha, everyone comes and annoys us now that we’re here! 🙂

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        1. My stomach bug lasted about a week unlike your partner, poor thing!! We had most of our winter in Southern Spain, only a few weeks roadtripping through the snow then France. Less snow hopefully next winter. The way the weather is playing up, you try getting a part of the world where the weather isn’t unpredictable 🙂 Let me know when you find it LOL

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  20. Suzanne, as many other bloggers already mentioned, travel can get you down, but I admire you for all you have accomplished and done up till now, and now it’s time to slow down and smell the roses for a while, and then pick it up again (your suitcases) as you feel it suits you both.

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  21. I don’t travel the way you do – but I do travel regularly and I know I get homesick. I just need to go back to my own place for a month or so and chill. I’m not sure I’d want to house sit just because I like that ‘nest’ of home

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  22. I can relate. Since 2002, I traveled between Hawaii (the islands of Oahu, and Molokai) and California, for 14 years — working, shoeing horses! I would be two weeks over there, then four weeks to live my life here at home. At first it was so wonderful, exotic, returning to my beloved previous home of Hawaii and back to my native California — the very best of both worlds! But over time, I made my choice. Two years ago this month, I flew seven boxes of hammers, horseshoes, anvil . . . home. And I am very happy here in the mountains of Southern California :)) Most of my friends are in Hawaii, still. But I call them on the phone, and save the exhaustion of driving to the airport and all that is involved with that kind of travel!

    I remember the fear that set in when I realized all the travel was losing its luster. I knew how much I had wanted it, how hard I had worked for it, the sacrifices I had made . . . I took an extra two years, really, to finally call it quits (and I’m very glad I didn’t rush it — everything just organically finished up).

    Now that I’m home, and I’ve had some time to reflect on it all, I think we are not supposed to stay the same our entire lives, but rather there really is a time a season for certain adventures. The great news: It’s all mine! I did it! I made 120 round-trips; swam in the aqua ocean hundreds of times; helped countless horses; made friends/acquaintances/connections that uplifted my soul and filled my heart, even now.

    Life is a humbling experience. All of our accomplishments are precious beyond measure. No one can ever take them from us. But like graduation from high school, college, they too, have a limit (that we are often unaware of!). The good news: wherever we are — at travel, or humbly at “home” in the town of our choosing, our rich experiences are all still here, alive, within us :))

    Check out my awesome daughter, EllaHarp — https://ellaharp.com/ — who is doing a mini-tour on Oahu right now! I see her sketches of the North Shore, I see her photos and I know that she’s in the water, bodysurfing . . . and I smile! I know where she will eat (Cafe Haleiwa) and I know the smells and the flavors and the flowers and the texture of the sand and water . . . I know it so well, I can return there with just a thought! :))

    Best to you!!!!!! Dawn

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  23. THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME! We traveled for the entire month of June and have continued to take lots of trips this year. We’re in Tahoe and will go to Portland in a few weeks. After every trip, I look forward to routine and the comforts of home.

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  24. I think these feelings are inevitable now and then Suzanne. Especially if anyone’s feeling off colour too. That’s when you need downtime to recover and find the mojo before it becomes a chore. Wrong word maybe, but I think you will understand the sentiment. Any good hobby or enjoyment will always encounter a drop off it the minds not on its game. Chilling out and downtime from hectic schedules is the best therapy here you can explore the feelings properly and talk about them. Then get that map out again. I think you’ve said it in responses here too, battery recharge! No crime in that and you do get about a bit!

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  25. I’m sorry you are feeling this way, Suz. But, it is to be expected. I am very familiar with this kind of exhaustion. As a travel-addict, it hit seriously, after our eight-year sailing adventure. Because of this challenging lifestyle and the last year being close to hell, I was done with travel (there was no attraction at all anymore) for the first time of my life!

    Slowing down and sitting in a comfortable, convenient place helps. In your situation, I was going to suggest a long-term house sit, where you could regroup and do the things you like, taking it easy, following a satisfying routine. But, it looks like that’s exactly what you are doing. The reason we have not had that feeling you describe for a while now, is due to our long-term house sits and rare road trips. It’s all about balance.

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    1. Thanks, Liesbet, yes basically it is all about balance. We are definitely not ready to stop doing what we love and that is exploring the world and housesitting. Just need to slow down for a few weeks and say that it is alright not to go off sightseeing when we don’t want to!! I knew you would understand 🙂 x

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  26. I am at that stage now, in a much smaller way. Still working full-time but when I travel I would rather cover less distance and soak up more atmosphere. If that makes sense. Stay in a place longer and enjoy the restaurants, art and people. Not hopping on a train/bus every other day. Enjoy your blog very much and your honesty.

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  27. I think it is more healthy to realise what you most enjoy doing with your time, rather than visiting places that you only heard of when you researched that place… I mean you should never have to feel you are obligated to visit the local sights, just because they are there.

    My favourite posts are your local walks with various happy doggies. I hope you continue to enjoy that!

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  28. It’s great that you can appreciate all that you’ve done and still have the wisdom to know that you need to slow down a little. Life’s about balance after all. Enjoy the lull and the slow down. I’m sure your great love will never be far away.

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  29. Hi Suz, As a long-time traveler myself I was very eager to pour into this post. I’m actually reading it between packing two suitcases and a post box; soon to leave France for Greece. It is a great post; especially the reminder to smell the citrus trees. For me, after six years of passage making on a sailboat, in addition to being tired, at times I was also afraid if threatened by storms and other hazards at sea. Now that I’m traveling on land I sometimes miss boat travel and other times am happy I can slow down to my own pace a bit less dependent on weather. I’m really looking forward to reading this another time and am also hopeful you will have a followup as new growth and learning unfolds.

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  30. I can see how this could happen, Suzanne – it would be much sooner for me I’m sure. But staying home in the same place gets to be a drag, so it happens for homebodies, too. I like your honesty about it. I can relate to the pressure to do something when we enter the summer season in Maine. If I stay inside to read a book on a nice, sunny day, I feel like I’ve committed a sin! Haha!

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  31. I guess it is a bit like that when feeling when you have eaten out in wonderful restaurants, but now crave beans on toast at home! I am living my travels (now that I won’t ever be able to go in person) through wonderful blogging friends like you, Suzanne…..will you be in the UK for the bloggers bash? If not let me know when you are in London…..C x

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    1. Oh thanks, Claire, I will let you know next time we are in London. I wish I was able to go to the Bloggers Bash, unfortunately, in the beginning, the committee had to change the dates, which meant we had already organised a housesit. Yes, you are totally right regarding the baked beans on toast, actually one of our favourite Sunday night feasts 🙂 x

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  32. I’m always so impressed with you and your husband, Suzanne!!! I like having routine and a home-base, and I’m not sure I could continuously travel. Even for people who love to be continually wandering and traversing the world, I can completely understand wanting to have some “down time”. Plus potential bugs and viruses can wear you down! Thanks for sharing this perspective of travel ☺

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  33. This is the one of the reasons I could never travel long-term as for me, part of the thrill of travel is the anticipation, the break from the mundane that fuels our wanderlust and the time to plan. I applaud you for recognizing the potential for burn out before it starts to really affect your physical or mental health x

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    1. Em, I have am re doing my message to you. The first was written when I was trying to answer as many before the storm got worse! So, we still get have the thrill and anticipation of our next travel plan. I think this feeling I had or are still feeling is after a stomach bug and basically just a need not to feel the pressure to go and see things. Just came back from a walk along the beach and feel so much better. Looking forward to spring and summer delights in the UK. NO matter what lifestyle we chose I think this happens to us all. This feeling happened when we were in our brand new house, so there you go 🙂 You may go fulltime, who knows what you may think in 20 years time? 🙂

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  34. Having just been poorly following a trip away I know exactly how you feel when ill. I think you’ll fall back in love with it all though. Sometimes the road becomes a little rocky so take a wee break and come back fresh. We all love reading about your travels x

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  35. I felt so sad when I read your post Suzanne, mainly because I could relate – just a little. But like all things – those blahs will definitely pass. Maybe it’s time for a change from Europe…. but then springs just starting there, and soon you’ll be seeing the rebirth that comes as everything renews itself with lush spring growth. And the those lovely, long summer days will be hot on the heals of spring. Yes, those blahs are certain to be very fleeting I’m sure.

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    1. Absolutely Orla, we will definitely have the buzz back in a week or so. Never to lose the desire to explore! All positive things in life have a downside of some sort. What we do there are more positive aspects to it, just this week need to address our energy levels. xx

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