Am I Ready To Stop Travelling?

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The plain and simple answer is no. Do I kind of have to stop… the answer is yes. After spending the past 8 months abroad adventuring throughout Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Singapore and Indonesia I am ready to recharge my batteries and plant myself in one place for more than a few days. I know I will tell myself this and arrive back home to Sydney and within a few weeks I will already be mapping out my next adventure.

To be honest this last adventure has been the most taxing on myself with the amount of moving around that I have been doing. The promise I always make to myself for when I arrive to a new destination is to take it easy and relax. However the excitement of wanting to explore always trumps this. I will admit it physically I am drained I feel like I need to sleep for at least a week. This adventure has brought me to this point and the consecutive late nights don’t help. I mean when a beer is cheaper than a bottle of water back home and you’re in great company then you’re going to make the most of the experience. You’re crazy if you don’t.

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Emotionally and mentally I am exhausted after the countless stressful moments I have had to deal with throughout my travels. From the crappy airlines, double booked hotels, over priced border crossings and many scamming antics used to rinse you for all your worth. However these are all things you will never see unless you travel for an extended period of time. The biggest piece of advice I can give to anyone undertaking extended travel is to ‘DO YOUR RESEARCH’. The amount of people I have crossed paths with on this journey that have no idea of where they are, what they are doing, what they can see here, the local customs and how to not get ripped off is madness. This is no word of a lie I have met some really ‘bad travellers’ who have left home underprepared with no real plan of what they want to be doing. I struggle to make sense of this however these people make for humorous conversation at time as I feel like they don’t even realize they are abroad.

Financially I am starting to hurt as the past 8 months of adventure have of course come at some cost although South East Asia is a much cheaper option than venturing throughout Europe. I would say with all my flights, accommodation, tours, transfers, motorbike rentals and spending money for the past 8 months has cost me under $10,000 AUD. Your dollar definitely goes a lot further here than elsewhere in the world.

I am definitely looking forward to spending some time back at home with my friends and family. With my eldest brother and his wife due to have their first child in the coming days, I am about to become an Uncle. Am I prepared for this responsibility… of course! I look to my brothers that are both happily married, with stable jobs, a home to come back to and this makes me think is this what I am searching for? Is it really time for me to find a real job and slowly begin to settle down? I believe I have convinced myself of this over the past few months of travel however there are no promises on how long this will last. The desire to travel is too strong to be in one place for too long.

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When I reflect on the past 8 months of travel through South East Asia I consider the good and the bad moments that I have experience that have got me to this point. The countless memories and newfound friends I have met along the ways that have impacted on my life in one way or the other.

What I will miss most about Asia:

  1. The cuisine
  2. The people
  3. The culture
  4. The smiles
  5. The price

What I won’t miss about Asia:

  1. The scammers
  2. The language barriers
  3. The delays
  4. The frustrating moments
  5. The hard beds.

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To believe I am a few days away from leaving this paradise and stepping back into the real world is crazy. The past 8 months has taught me so much about the world, myself and how I can make a difference to others’ lives. My goal has always been to motivate others whether in the classroom as an educator or through my website. I try to show people that stepping out of your comfort zone is absolutely okay and travelling can be one of the greatest times in your life. I want everyone to see that they can do what I do and travel for an extended period of time it just takes that first step of booking a flight.

Top 5 things I miss most about home:

  1. A home cooked meal
  2. My bed
  3. Operating in dollars not monopoly money
  4. Silence (no constant beeping horns or hasslers)
  5. Friends & Family

Top 5 things I don’t miss about home:

  1. The cost of living (housing, car, food & bills)
  2. Negative people
  3. Expectations
  4. Responsibilities
  5. Working

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In less than 72 hours I will be back home on Australian soil, immersing myself back amongst my friends and family. I always hope on return that I can uncover a change although this never seems to be the case. Everyone seems to be operating in the same way and conversation seems to flow from where I left it when I first boarded that plane in Sydney.

What I will take away from the last 8 months in Asia:

  1. Don’t be quick to judge people.
  2. Life is too short to deal with negativity.
  3. Stay cool, calm & collected.
  4. Friends & Family are always there.
  5. Embrace the time we have and make the most of every opportunity, no matter how big or small.
  6. Happiness is key.
  7. We don’t always need to please others.

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6 Comments

  • Reply
    Ceeces Travel
    November 26, 2015 at 9:06 pm

    Heya

    Sometimes I try and rationalize myself. I try to find reasons, stone cold heart reasons as to why a full life of travel, and exploring is not a realistic point of view.

    And then everything I believe in, every blood cell in my body, every beat of my heart, every neuron in my brain, starts going off. It’s almost as though they go into emergency mode. The absolute fear and disbelief that I would ever go back to the 9-5. That I would ever allow my true self to be boxed again because it makes some people feel better about the judgement and idea’s they’ve tried to enforce upon me.

    I did 12 years in hospitality before I got into online work, content writing and travel & tourism.
    I did it because I had to. I started working when I was 13 as a waitress and things just kept going from there. I eventually ended up in hotels abroad etc but I reached the top of the top and I have never been more sad and depressed in my life. And lets not forget the 6 day weeks, 12-21 hr days and drone like personality.

    Yet I did it all, at first because my family was starving and I had a pair of hands and legs and the ability to bring in an income. And then because I was good at it.

    I’ll tell you this though, the only thing that got me through living a life I totally disagreed with, was the knowledge that one day it would help lead the life I truly wanted. That it was going to build the stones, to the path which lay before my house of travel and adventure. And thus in some round about way, with many ups and downs along the way it did.

    Its been a hard hard year. And I have almost given up a thousand times. Something inside me though just never lets up. Something, just knows that my time is now. I expect to be doing a lot of travelling from 2016 on again. Its been awhile since I got back home and I have spent way to much time here, trying to “get along” with people of minds who have never traveled and don’t understand the knowledge, lessons, experience and appreciation it gives you for both life and human alike.

    So reading your post, not only did I LOVE it, but its only encouraged me to REALLY put my head down as one would do in a Rugby scrum half and ENGAGE! Things are terrible at the moment, but its like the worse the seem the closer I am to victory. Now how’s that one to explain 🙂

    And in regards to homes, kids etc. I wrote a post on my site called : What Are Love And Travel Hugs, its my motto and twitter # Tag. I think you’d appreciate the spirit of the post.

    In regards to homes, families, kids etc. There is an appeal of course to having “something” stable around you, but I know that I could never let it hold me down. I believe and I hope too lol that I find someone to share my life with, on the road. Someone who much feels the same about travelling this world. That would be amazing.

    So that’s my bit!
    Can’t wait to read more from you 🙂

    #LoveAndTravelHugs©
    Cee

    • Reply
      sirwanderlust
      November 30, 2015 at 12:36 am

      Hey Cee,

      You honestly have such an amazing story to tell from one spectrum to the complete opposite. Its so refreshing to read a comment that has taken you some time to really sit down and think about. I have the upmost respect for you and encourage you to get out there and take travel by the reigns and make the most of every opportunity. Life is too short to be tied down and I know the circumstances you are immersed in may be hard at times however things always work out and everything happens for a reason. I hope we can cross paths some day on the road and share some stories!

      Cheers,
      Sir Wanderlust

  • Reply
    Carl Wright
    December 6, 2015 at 12:34 pm

    I love the way you have done this post. Very easy to read and follow with your points used. My travel experiences have been primarily in wilderness and mountain regions of North America and New Zealand back in the 1980’s.
    I have done the home and job bit for the last 25 years (and it has been great). With the kids getting older, I am thinking of travelling once again. Never have done the cross culture, but would love to. What you shared is very practical. I can imagine myself as one who would not be prepared. Thanks for the advice to do my research.
    Thanks for sharing!

    • Reply
      sirwanderlust
      December 7, 2015 at 7:14 pm

      Hi Carl,

      Thank you for taking the time to read my post and glad to hear you spent some time travelling in your younger years and now after raising a family may explore once again. Its never too late to travel mate and if you are ever looking for travel tips or advice never hesitate to ask.

      Cheers

  • Reply
    Jim
    January 11, 2016 at 5:47 pm

    I too am a Sydneysider. After long trips overseas, I too notice the relative silence of Australia (even in this big city). My other impressions are that it is so clean and so, dare I say it, boring! Boring is not necessarily negative, of course. It beats being scammed! But like you, I couldn’t stay here for the rest of my life and pretend the rest of the world didn’t exist.

    Thanks for the blog and happy travels!

    Jim
    edwardhopper.us

    • Reply
      sirwanderlust
      February 11, 2016 at 7:32 pm

      Hey Jim,

      I completely understand where you are coming from. Home will always be Sydney however the desire to see what else is on offer is way too strong to disregard. Thank you for the kind words.

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