Being exhausted sucks. They still love you. This one sucks. It does. But for whatever reason, friends will start dropping out of your life. Even really close friends. Something about leading a totally different life than the one you were leading before just seems to result in some otherwise great friendships unexpectedly ending. It happened to us.
It sucks. Treasure the times you had, mourn the loss of what once was, and move on. Over the past year, I found some amazing online communities of fellow travel-obsessed ladies and other bloggers, not to mention all of the other travelers we met during our trip and connected with on Facebook. We flew all around the world and met up with amazing travelers and bloggers along the way!
And you can complain to them about how exhausted you are without them judging you, which is always nice. Where have you been? We traveled as a couple, and we literally spent an entire year within 2 feet of each other 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. When we first started traveling we wanted to be as low-budget as possible: we booked hostel dorms for the first 3 months of our trip in South America.
They were fun and social! We were meeting other travelers! But after a while? Your privacy and sanity is worth the extra expense. Moving constantly from place to place will get old fast. Like watching Netflix every night.
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Anything you can do to make someplace feel like a home, however tiny or temporary, will become The Biggest Deal. Like, whenever there was a shelf in a room where we were staying, we flipped our shit. And trust me: we are NOT neat freaks. Far from. Whether you own a car, ride your bike, or are just able to read the metro map in the language you actually speak, transportation is so much easier back at home.
It is a real thing. We went to a bunch of museums in Colombia, our very first stop on our year-long honeymoon, and they were great.
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We totally love museums, and art, and culture. But you guys … going to a museum every week? The excitement of each new place you go will eventually start to fade. Well, say goodbye to that feeling of excitement and anticipation.
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After a while, we learned that we needed to travel slower and stay in each place longer just to give ourselves the mental energy to look forward to going somewhere new. Returning from long term travel sucks. It will be jarring and unpleasant.
You might be homeless for a while, crashing on couches or applying for house-sitting gigs in your own hometown. Your resume will have a big, awkward gap in it, because none of the zillion fascinating things you learned about during your travels seems remotely helpful in your actual career. Look, we had like 23 yard sales before we left. I used to wear blazers every day? Who was I?!
We aged so hard in the past year. Things that we never expected to change, changed completely. That sounds useful! Who are we?! Our old selves would judge our new selves HARD. Where to next? Are you considering quitting your job to go travel? Ask us your questions and leave us a comment below. Need some help planning your next adventure? The guide includes everything from the hacks we use to save money on travel to 3 printable packing lists. We'll also send our favorite travel tips straight to your inbox!
Aww, yiss! You're the best. Hey, be sure to add contact practicalwanderlust. Such a great read! We are preparing for a year off now, and we have a 4-yr-old too. All of these things in this post have gone through my mind. How exciting for your family! I love everything about this post… I was even reading certain points to my husband cause every time work becomes a bit too heavy, we would think about just traveling we also work in San Francisco. Amazing that you were able to enjoy being together everywhere for a year! And welcome back to the Bay Area. Very convenient. Ohhh I hear you.
I quit my job almost 2 years ago and started travelling.
The worst I found was that none of my friends is sharing my travel passion and they will never understand what I am talking about unless they have been with me. What a great, detailed post. Thank you for sharing this. I like this perspective. I get the exhaustion of recounting yourself and your journey over and over. Wise and thought-provoking words for anyone contemplating an extended trip — and the friends of those who do it.
I swore when I got back that it was a once-in-a-lifetime thing. Well, it was…for about four years. Now, another long-term trip is all I can think about.
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So true, especially 15! I was on the road for years and was constantly exhausted!. Everywhere you go, there you are, right? Awesome post. Quitting your job to travel sounds so dreamy and idyllic. This puts it all in the right perspective.
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