could we travel full-time?
This post comes because one wisemonkey has just celebrated a birthday and we’ve celebrated Father’s Day with our dads on Sunday. The days around the events were spent with both our families (at different times) and it has given us perspective on our lives; about what makes us happy and what we want out of our lives… for now at least.
Recently joining the travel blogosphere and connecting with so many people all across the globe who love travel as much as we do, we have experienced a massive wave of emotions. Thinking that we have found our true calling to be full-time travellers and then feeling even more confused about what we want to do! We’ve gone from wanting to sell up everything to travel permanently and then within moments think: could we really give up everything? There is no denying that there are moments in our lives where we wish we could just escape: that we resent being stuck in a rut and that we are our own destinies. Yes, that is all true! It is so very true that financial security isn’t everything and that we should all live how we want to live and we have!
We fantasise that the world should be our home, that we have the freedom to see the world and cultures, that we are no longer in the daily grind of work, that we wake up every day doing what we want. We have NO doubt that we could make it happen if we wanted to. There is so much PROOF out there that shows it can happen.
But the reality is that Sydney is our home. This is where our families are. Could we be happy travelling the world knowing that we would miss birthdays of all the people we love? Could we be happy knowing that our parents are getting older and every moment spent with them is worth so much more than any holiday because we just don’t know when their time will be up? Could we travel happy knowing that our nieces and nephews only know us through Skype and photos and we miss all their milestones in life? Could we be happy travelling knowing that one day we might want to settle down and actually have nowhere we could really truly call home?
We have had a mortgage for the last 4 years but that hasn’t stopped us, if anything we have travelled more. We have proved that no one has to be bound by a mortgage. Life goes on with or without mortgage but the comfort in knowing we have a home to come back to suits us for now. We have done small trips, we have done big trips, we have worked and saved in between. We have made our dreams happen. What we are doing now is the balance that makes us happy. We need to be honest with ourselves… travelling is OUR passion but that doesn’t mean that we should give up everything else we love too.
We don’t know if we have the answers now! But we do know what we want to do in the short-term. Home is home and the world remains our playground. And now its time to declutter, save and plan our big trip for next year which already includes the World Cup in Brazil! Who knows what will happen or what we will feel in the future? We might revisit this question next month or next year and will have a different answer. But what we know for now is that we have our cake (or macaron) and eat it too 🙂
11 thoughts on “could we travel full-time?”
September 10, 2013 at 3:20 am
You’ll get to Alaska and the Yukon one day. I’m sure of that. You’ll be amazed at the wonderful sites of the wilds of Alaska and the beauty it holds. Thanks so much for leaving a comment on my travel blog.
September 8, 2013 at 2:42 am
Very well said..
Some decisions are made solely with the head but in most cases, they are made with the heart. And it seems your hearts have made the choice for you (at least for now anyway)!! 😄
Like they say, home is where the heart is.
Ps: love the wedding photo!
September 8, 2013 at 10:26 am
Yes, you are very right in saying that we are following our heart! Maybe one day when it does feel right, we will take off! Or if we have the means to…. Let’s wait and see!
September 4, 2013 at 9:23 am
Well written! I think this post summs up how we feel as well 🙂 We love travelling, and there are certainly days when I commute to work that I wish I could just give it all up, pack up & go. But our home is our home. And our family, friends – and a steady base for Febe to grow up – means so much as well. I don’t think we could ever become fulltime travellers. But: the world is a big playground. And there’s so much to discover in all the free time we have. Closeby, and further away. So keep playing! We do as well 🙂 With a mortgage. And a kid 😉
September 4, 2013 at 10:27 am
Thanks guys for your words! It is about getting that balance and we don’t think we should ever compromise on anything we love. The rest of the world will be there for us to explore one day, although maybe not in the same condition as it is now 🙂 – Whereas for us at this point in our lives, our family and friends are all here now, so why forfeit the opportunity to spend time with them while we can?
As you nicely said it, keep playing 🙂
September 4, 2013 at 9:21 am
Well said! I think the same idea applies for us as well. I don’t think we could actually become full-time travellers, even if – like you point out – there are days when I’m commuting to work I wish I could just give it all up and explore the world. But we do like our home. And the world is a big, big playground to fill up all our free-time!
September 4, 2013 at 8:10 am
I was away from my family for five years without so much as a flying visit back home. It was great but I’m not sure I could do it again. You miss so much! Travel is awesome but, I think, you can have too much of a good thing. I like a more balanced approach nowadays.
September 4, 2013 at 8:45 am
So very true! We went for 4-months back in ’06 & seriously felt so out of touch, so cannot imagine 5 years! In fact, when we came home from that trip, we actually learnt we had lost some friendships! People move on…. With ageing parents and small nieces and nephews, we think we will aim for a balanced approach for the time being 🙂
September 4, 2013 at 2:44 am
I think the important thing to note here is the fact that you continue to do what you love. Even when you feel like you’re stuck in this predicament. There you are….planning a trip to Brazil.
September 4, 2013 at 3:38 am
That is very true! We most certainly won’t be giving up what we love 🙂 Life is too short to not enjoy every waking moment whatever it is that you are doing. Thanks for reading 🙂
September 4, 2013 at 4:05 am
Oh for sure. Are you kidding? This blog is so inspiring! And you’ve done such an amazing job keeping up with it! I like…love you guys. Like a lot. 😉