How Stressful Is Life On The Road When Your RTW Travels Move Your Family All The Time?
Life on the road can be stressful. Very. RTW living means constantly re-finding North, re-figuring out where to sleep, where to get food, where things are safe. Sometimes, it sucks. It does. I don’t like moving that much.
Shocker. Ok, slap me in the face. Hard. Ladies and gentlemen, here we have concrete evidence that Gabi, who has conscientiously chosen the rtw life style, is insane. Let us look at exhibit A- Quote: “I don’t like to move that much.”
Actually, none of us do.
“Hey, I just met you and this is crazy. but here’s my number, so call me maybe. “
Somehow the song on repeat seems appropriate. Yes. Is it even remotely conceivable that THE NOMADIC FAMILY does not like being nomadic?
Let me explain the :
Loving Too Opposing Forces
We love being a life on the road rtw traveling nomadic family and would not stop, and won’t stop until we feel it is no longer right for our children. We adore seeing new places, meeting people, falling in love. We thrive on the new, on always not knowing what we’re going to do next. We love it all.
But, we also love routine, knowing that Monday- Friday we do studies with the kids, knowing that every other day I exercise, knowing where to buy our fruits and vegetables, knowing when our work times are, knowing that we can create sanity and structure in that endless bottomless freedom.
Otherwise, we get exhausted and lost.
Most life on the road travel bloggers talk of the glitter but not of the gore. What about feeling like you’ve been put through a washing machine on those Southeast Asia night buses? How fun is it to blow an entire day waiting for the taxi , the bus, the flight, then, another taxi, and a middle of the night cheap hostel search with all your backpacks cutting into your shoulder and each step, you tell yourself “Anicca, anicca, anicca, just one more step.”
The Art of Waiting- A Traveler’s Legacy.
Where We’ve Settled Down For Long Periods of Time
On the ranch in Costa Rica (6 weeks)
Hugged by a loving expat community of Boquete, Panama (2 1/2 months)
With an indigenous tribe in the jungles of Ecuador (7 weeks)
With the lovely Nomade Backpackers Hostel in Lima, Peru (3 1/2 months)
At the Garden Village Hostel in Siem Reap, Cambodia (5 months)
At Led Zephyr in Sihanoukville, Cambodia (1 month)
This week, we’re still in Secret Country #11, also staying put for a week and a half at a time.
Next week, we’ll return Back Home Hostel in Kaula Lumpur, Malaysia (1 month)
So, you get the picture. We love it when the cosmic dust settles and we create the calm routines that fill our lives with meaning. We want to live a passionate life, and do so by creating routines we adore splattered with adventure once, twice, three times a week, or for an entire two-or-six week sprint, but not every single day. We live a passionate life on the road life by having enough calm in our lives to create meaningful routines filled with the learning and activities that bring us joy.
Addiction: Why We Shake Up That Stability Too Often
And still, Kobi and I are wildly spontaneous people who love the feeling of life on the road adventure and love that we have total freedom. Kobi will search online and learn of a sites that may hook us up with tickets to some country on our bucket list. We see some cool airport poster and check out bus prices to location x. We suddenly hear some backpacker’s wonderful experience in this majestic mountain trek, learn of some cool attraction, or worse, we hear of some amazing super sale discount price to get to location w, and yeah, we’re off.
So we’re not jewelry junkies, super sale clothing junkies, but we are addicted to way too many books (you would die if you knew how many books we are carrying) and the lure of what lays right around the corner.
Any wise thoughts regarding how you find the balance. Admit it, you never thought the nomadic family didn’t like being nomadic, did you? Have you ever come back from vacation so exhausted that you had to rest to recuperate? What excites you to go to that next spot? And, perhaps, most importantly, what enables you to live a life of passion? This, I would very much like to know.
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I love you…… mwah! Gabi
There is a light, wispy rain here on the Pillows and Toast Heritage Hostel patio. I’m under the covered awing so our first Singaporean rain shower is not moistening me a bit.