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“I wish I could just be normal and be happy with a life in my own home in the one town.”
As a long-term traveller or nomad are you often plagued with feelings and thoughts like this?
I do constantly and it brings me a lot of angst.
Travel will change your life and your way of thinking and being, which is a good thing, but it can also make your life very difficult when you return home.
Sometimes long-term travel is not the best thing for you, but like an addiction, you feel your existence is nothing without it and you’ll do anything to have more of it.
You sacrifice a job career to travel. You return home to start work again and can be viewed as flaky and unreliable, with little experience. You may even have to start again at the bottom of the ladder.
All of these things have me often thinking of putting the suitcase away and storing the camera in the cupboard for good.
I think of all the things I could possibly have if I didn’t travel and how life probably wouldn’t always feel so strained for me now as I struggle to adapt to a hybrid settled-travel lifestyle.
But then I stop to think of my why.
Why do I travel? Why are my travel sacrifices worth it?
And I remember how it makes me feel- vibrating with life, totally free, and deliriously happy.
I can’t deny who I am and what I was born to do.
It’s not comfort and ease that I really want, it’s purpose and meaning and stretching myself to be more and experience more.
Travel has made my life difficult, but it has enriched it in too many other ways to ever give it up.
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