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Posted on Mar 29, 2013

How Stressful Is Life On The Road When Your RTW Travels Move Your Family All The Time?

How Stressful Is Life On The Road When Your RTW Travels Move Your Family All The Time?

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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 :

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 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.

 

 

 

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  1. That’s really interesting, I think I’m the opposite, I like to keep moving. I already know I’ll struggle with staying put for long, but I know we’ll have to, so the money will stretch further. I need to learn to relax, I know.

  2. I think constant movement is very tiring. I think that’s why most people don’t like the idea of “traveling forever.” We want to settle. Even if it’s for just 6 weeks in Costa Rica or some of the other stops you’d had. Moving is fun for a while, but after a while it gets taxing. In the fall when we traveled for 2 months straight, never staying anywhere for more than a week, at the end of it, I was ready to settle. When we head to Thailand next year the plan is to just rent a place and stay there for 3 months. Maybe some weekend trips here and there. But settle. Settling is good. (So is travel, but you get what I’m saying…. don’t you?)

    • clark, oh how i’ve missed you. how are you? yes, i totally i get you, totally. totally. after a densely packed vacation you need a rest to recuperate. what’s the point of checking off your to do list that you saw it all if you are too exhausted to enjoy it. i love the kind of travel you suggest. chill for 3 months in one place (making the entire vacation ridiculously cheap). read, study, exercise, write, play board games, do whatever it is you are passionate about and wish you had the time to do in your day to day life. and sprinkle that with adventures, excursions, seeing the world. spend more time chilling with your family and the locals and less time being busy doing the tourist things. yes! hugs to you and monica and the kids. 😉 i loved reading your adventures. sorry i never did join in the central america project. still happy to if you’re open to it. hugs, gabi

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