You swore to yourself that you won’t use that stupid app, but somehow found it was the easiest way to let your friends know what you’re up to without having to text half of your contacts with photos of your latest destination. Plus there’s something ridiculously addictive about the face changing filters ????
You give away most of your clothes to friends and charity
If you have storage in your “base” country, then you’re lucky. However, you probably still gave away a whole bunch of stuff you don’t need and it’s very psychologically freeing. You begin to realise how much stuff we actually accumulate for no reason, I even wrote a separate post about it here.
You become very flexible
You can feel at home anywhere, and that is pretty great. Sure, you feel most at home where there is wi-fi haha – in Bali I quite literally lived from cafe to cafe.
But you also find that you can feel comfortable even when you’re sleeping on the floor in India at a person’s house you just met the night before. Or in a Buddhist monastery in the middle of the Himalayas, with no gas, electricity, sink, running water or petrol to get back to civilisation. Or on the beach of a deserted island that your boat guy took you to and said you can pick any island you like and go diving there. Or at a 5 star hotel with a 5 star SPA service and a restricted guest list. Or even when you’ve been fasting in silence for 25 days whilst living in a tent with a half bucket of water for shower allowance and 42ºC heat. #ilovemylife
You forget which social media channel states your location
And so your Facebook says you’re in Spain, your Instagram says you’re in Bali, and in real life you’re actually in Paris, and your friends don’t know how to find you.
You end up with tons of music
By travelling you will surely meet lots of people and you always end up sharing music and movies. But they’re all in folders called “music from Sarah/James/Alice” and you never actually have time to sort it all out so you just dump into playlists with the same name. And you still have no clue who “Alice” is, because that was taken from another friend!
For the same reason, you will probably also have a huge range of music genres on your phone, from rock to guided angel meditations. Shuffling your entire library can certainly be entertaining at times.
Your Christmas time is anything but turkey dinner with your family
Christmas is the best time to be travelling around Asia, when it’s freezing cold anywhere in the Northern Hemisphere. Chances are, if you’re like me, you spent your last New Years Eve doing a cacao ceremony at a dance festival, followed by sending off colourful lanterns into the night sky, followed by a gong meditation that lasted literally the whole night. No? Then perhaps you were on a plane, because holidays just don’t seem to matter that much anymore.
You end up following local traditions and rituals and constantly bring home random ornaments
It used to be simple before. You would congratulate people at Christmas and Easter. Now you have to text half your contacts for Holi and Diwali (India). Then you fast and stay silent during Nyepi (Balinese day of darkness) once a year, followed by setting up “penjors” for Galungan and Kuningan. Your best friend still wishes you Happy 4th of July (USA) every year and you even try to make it home for Maslenitsa (Russian pancake day) because your grandma will get upset if you don’t try her crepes – at least she makes them dairy and sugar free now – yei for grandmas going healthy!.
You learn a lot about yourself during the travels
Are you tough enough to survive crazy heat, humidity or cold? How do you deal with the heart break that may come from long distance relationships that are often created with full-time travelling? How do you react to your family when you see them again after a while? Have you seen or experienced something during your trips that has caused you to re-think your entire existence? Have you learnt new techniques and skills? Have you spent time with the locals, getting to know their culture and ancient traditions? Have you experienced all kinds of extreme living conditions and pushed yourself to the limit?
I can’t tell you how much I have learnt from travelling the world. You could never get that from reading a book.
There’s no better feeling than crawling back into your own bed
After a funny conversation with my mum, I decided to count how many beds I’ve slept on this year. I believe the total came to 37 different beds. 37 flipping beds. Some of these weren’t even beds. Some of them were backseats of 3 different cars, a tent and a super thin mattress on the floor in Mumbai.
I love travelling. I live to travel and wouldn’t change my lifestyle for anything. I feel at home whenever I go and always feel comfortable, even in the middle of the mountains with no sink or flushing toilet. But still, the best feeling in the whole world is coming home, taking a shower and crawling into my wonderful queen sized bed with meticulously ironed satin bedsheets. Call me a princess, I don’t care, but nothing beats that. Well maybe cuddling with a cute guy on top of those bedsheets haha ????
You can’t imagine ever going back to working 9-5 in an office
I think even if nothing above resonates with you, we’ll all agree that we could never imagine ourselves going back to a “normal” lifestyle of sitting at an office, working all day. Perhaps one day we will settle down, but our lives will never quite be like before.
Want to stay in touch?
You can keep up to date with me on my social media channels, or have a look at my calendar of where I will be next. Most of my digital services are available worldwide, such as web design, but if you see that I’m in your area, ask me if I’m free for a photo/videoshoot in person!
Of course, the raw food stuff is mostly based in Marbella, but I have also been asked to teach workshops in other parts of the world. If you have a good kitchen with a blender, food processor and other things I may need, then I’d love to come teach a class or do some catering for you, just get in touch.
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