“How I became a full-time traveller and so can you” ! The number of articles dealing with the subject pollutes my e-mail nearly every day. Everybody and their auntie seem to call themselves “digital nomads” nowadays, it seems to be the new trend. Even though I travel very often, I just can’t see myself doing it full-time.
Why not? Glad you asked!
1/ I love travelling too much
What do you mean it sounds contradictory? Please allow me to explain! Whether you have a fixed address or whether you are travelling, you are going to need money… Assuming you didn’t inherit a big fortune, it means you’ll somehow have to work for it, even when you’re on the road. And that’s exactly the sticking point! Full time travelling isn’t really “full-time travelling”.
If you’re travelling remotely, it means spending a lot of hours roaming the country in search of free wi-fi to stay in touch with your clients. And that’s not something I am willing to do! When I’m abroad I want to spend every single moment enjoying the new city or country, I want to totally “commit” to the place. I don’t want the stress that comes with being a digital nomad! I only want the true travelling part!
What’s it really like to be a digital nomad is a brilliant article that perfectly illustrates my point!
2/ I need time to “recover” in between trips
If you’ve been following me for a while, you know that my travel motto is “slow travel” No rushing around for this girl. “Doing” 5 countries and 10 cities in two weeks sounds more than a nightmare than a dream to me. I want to get under the skin of a destination, I want to stroll around the markets, I want to enjoy a cappuccino on the main square, in short: I want to take time! When I’m in a country I try to blend in as much as possible by reading/listening to the local news, by learning the history and by getting to know the local customs and culture. Believe it or not, but this takes time and energy! More often than not, I feel quite drained when I get back from travelling. I need to recharge my batteries and for me, the best way to recharge them is to do this at a place called “home”. A place where I know the people, the culture, the language, …
Recently I came back from Brazil and only had 5 days before taking off to Kerala, India. My mind was still set on Brazilian food, the Portuguese language and basically all things Brazilian. I was pretty confused during my first days in India and I realized I really need time to clear my head from one destination before I’m ready to fully commit and enjoy the next one.
3/ I want to belong somewhere
I’m a Belgian expat living in Northern Ireland, which makes “home” a rather confusing subject. Instinctively I would call Belgium home, but when I’m in Belgium, I call Northern Ireland home. Even if I’m perfectly happy with where I’m living now, moving abroad meant I lost contact with most friends, I don’t see my family as often as I’d like to and sometimes I miss out on important events. It’s difficult to feel like you “belong somewhere”. Full time travel just wouldn’t make it any easier…
Don’t get me wrong, travelling is and will always be my number one passion! I could easily go away for a few months, but to travel full-time… naaah, not for me!
What about you? Do you or would you like to be a full time traveller? Do you agree with the arguments I mentioned?