I think I want to give up my location independent lifestyle….
Oh no! What’s happening to me?
In the last few weeks I have transformed from a globe-wandering, business-obsessed, adventure seeking, wine-loving flex-pat into someone entirely different. The new me put my foot down and demanded that we return home early from our round the world extravaganza a few weeks ago. I’ve heard myself say that I never want to set foot on a plane again. I can’t stand the thought (and cannot even look at photos) of the country that begins with ‘A’ and is home to cuddly marsupials. Despite having just set up a new website at www.luxuryandboutiquehotels.com, hotels hold no appeal for me. For Chris, it’s like he suddenly finds himself married to someone else.
So what has changed?
Well, the fact that we are expecting a baby might have something to do with it. Suddenly everything has turned on its head.
The advantages of a break
To be fair, I don’t think travel is usually on the top of anyone’s agenda who has spent much of the last 3 months with their head over the toilet. But still, is this going to change things forever? Or might there be some advantages to taking a break?
Can travel get old?
For the last 6 years we have spent 6-9 months of each year travelling around the world which has been incredible. We’ve seen so much of the beauty of the world, we’ve adapted to living in different cultures, we’ve sampled different foods, witnessed natural wonders, tried exhilarating new activities, pushed ourselves to the limits and kicked back to watch the sun go down almost every day. But, at the risk of seeming unbelievably spoilt, lately it had started to get a bit, well, samey.
Can a panorama like this become “just another view”?
Research tells us that after a while, you can become habituated to pretty much any circumstance. The main ‘Positive Psychology’ guy, Martin Seligman suggests that although new things can make you temporarily happier, eventually you settle to your own personal baseline. It’s like people who use drugs and need a slightly bigger hit to get a better high. Eventually their hits will just deliver ‘normal’ and not a high at all.
Facebook friends will start the countdown to their annual holiday weeks in advance and their ‘only 5 more sleeps!’ updates make you wonder how they will get any sleep with that fever pitch of excitement. It’s been a long time since we got that excited about taking a trip. Travel for us is no biggie. But maybe it would be nice if it was a little more special.
A new appreciation
WOW! I actually went to French Polynesia
As much as I am in awe of the incredible life we have lived since we have been married, I want to continue to appreciate every sunset, every forest, every weird creature and wacky insect, every sensory assault, every new horizon, every quirky character, every fragrant dish, every moment of wonder. The freedom we have to go, work, live anywhere can make travel seem part of the normal fabric of our lives. As daft as it sounds, you have to work on reminding yourself that it isn’t the norm, and that every day you should count your lucky stars all this is within your reach.
The independence to be located anywhere- even home
Location independence is the freedom to live and work from anywhere. Not unlike many other similar oriented bloggers, we are simply choosing to stay in one place for a while (it’s just not Portland!) When we return to travel it will look a little different from our previous trips; but even in my recent darkest moments (where I contemplate buying a microwave and ponder a 3 year finance deal on a new car) I know that when we are ready, adventure will still be out there waiting for us; but this time, if all goes well, we’ll be a family.
Does travel still blow your socks off?
If you liked this article and want to hear directly
from from us, enter your details below: