My Travel Withdrawal: The Travel Blogger Who Doesn’t Travel
Before I get into this post, I thought that should remind you that I only started traveling a year ago (2017).
It’s not something that I have been doing all of my life.
Actually, if you do the maths, I have spent 96.5% of my life NOT traveling. (28 years not traveling divided by my age, 29, and multiplied by 100)
…and yet here I am experiencing what I can only call ‘travel withdrawal symptoms’.
My travel withdrawal symptoms
Here’s what I’m experiencing.
Let me know in the comments below if you’ve ever felt the same.
#1 – I need some sun
We’ve just finished winter here in the UK and survived The Beast from the East.
The snow made my little English cottage look beautiful and for the first few days, it was lovely. But the snow has now gone and all that’s left is mud.
Mud, mud and more friggin mud.
I’m fed up with being cold and wet. I want to crack out my shorts, my bikini, and my sunglasses.
#2 – I need a change of scenery
I work from my bedroom and, in general, I love it.
I had an office, but much prefer to stay at home, avoid the traffic, sit in my PJs and do something else with the money that I would have spent on office rent and the other expenses that go with it.
But now I need to get the hell out!
I don’t care if you have one of the most beautiful designed offices on the planet, working from the same room every day can get very uninspiring.
#3 – I want to be on a plane
I went on my first commercial flight a little over a year ago and it was at this point when I realized how much I enjoy flying.
I love the feeling of the plane speeding down the runway to take off, feeling it turn in the air and, yes, I even love the turbulence.
I enjoy looking out of the window and seeing nothing but white fluffy clouds as I disconnect and read a good book.
#4 – I want something to look forward to
I got excited the other day at finding a game of Monopoly in the cupboard (!!).
Now, I love a good board game as much as the next person, but when this was the highlight of my week, and the only thing that I had that was remotely interesting to tweet about, something is seriously wrong.
Why I’m not traveling
Yes, this is a travel blog and you would be right in thinking that in order for me to run it, I need to travel.
And in 2017, I did indeed travel.
I visited 11 cities in 8 different countries.
BUT…(and this is a big but)
…there’s a lot more to running a travel blog than simply traveling and writing posts.
There’s a lot of hard work that goes on behind the scenes in order to keep everything running smoothly – and more importantly, to keep the cash flowing.
AND…I don’t just have this website to manage. I actually have FOUR! …all with their own set of social media and email accounts.
If I do the maths, that’s 4 websites, 12 social media accounts (not including my own personal Facebook account) and 6 email accounts.
Admittedly, I pay more attention to some social media accounts than others depending on the niche of the website…
…I’m going off track here…
The point that I am trying to make is that with all the traveling that I did last year, I decided that I would spend the beginning of 2018 at home catching up on my work.
The travel blogger that doesn’t travel
Although I’m feeling like a bit of a fraud right now, it looks like I am going to be staying at home for a little bit longer.
But I have every intention (and I cannot wait) to be stepping into an airport later this year.
Life doesn’t always go the way that we plan. Sometimes we have to go through some short-term pain for long-term gain.
In the meantime, I do still have some posts to publish from my European adventures last year, so I won’t leave you hanging.
Here’s to the next adventure.
- My Budapest Story – First Time Travelling Solo
- My Travel Bucket List for 2017
- Getting Ready For My First Solo Trip