I feel like I’m breaking some unwritten travel blogging rule with this confession, but there’s something I feel I should get off my chest. I’m tired, really tired, of travelling. Eeek!!
This has never happened to me before. In my 30 itchy-footed years I have never once felt like I couldn’t summon the energy to plan a new trip or hop on the next departing plane, but today something very weird happened. I was reading a travel blogger’s round-up of where they had been last year and where they wanted to go next and I suddenly felt fatigued just thinking about it. How could you keep going, always on the move, after all these years, I thought?
I’ve written before about how I’m a homebody at heart. I love exploring new places, sometimes one after another, but I always make sure I come home in-between to rest and revive, save more cash and enjoy home comforts before the next big adventure. In the first half of 2014 that’s what I did. I started the year at Edinburgh’s Hogmanay, then visited Antigua, St Vincent & The Grenadines, Sri Lanka, Vegas, Lille and Greece over a period of 5 months, taking the time to appreciate and plan each trip in-between.
Since we’ve moved to Australia I’ve had to adapt this travel style slightly. Popping to another country for the weekend is not really an option. Instead we’ve done a lot of domestic travel – Brisbane, Gold Coast, Canberra and Melbourne in the last 4 months – and some overseas trips, which had to be planned strategically. With a lot of planning, juggling, working and saving, I caught up with family in London, explored Singapore on the way back to Sydney, and made it to Thailand for my 30th birthday. All of these trips were worth it, but making them happen wasn’t easy.
This is by no means my travel blogger retirement. We’re not done here. But for once, in a very long time, I have no set travel plans for the next few months – and I’m not freaking out about it!
It’s not that I’ve lost my wanderlust – I still have a travel wish list, upcoming holiday commitments, and a strong desire to try on wedding dresses with my friends and family back in London. But right now I feel I need to stay here in Sydney, physically and mentally, and see how that suits me. (It’s suited me rather well since Summer started!)
Tomorrow I may feel differently. Tiredness is only temporary and is often a product of circumstance. (I spent Christmas on an Aussie road trip across 2 states and 2 territories and had an awesome New Year with friends in Sydney whilst simultaneously working on freelance social media projects – so this goes some way towards explaining it!) But today my body and bank balance are telling me that maybe my new year’s resolution should be to travel less in 2015.
So I’m going to pick, plan and prepare my overseas jaunts wisely. Travel is such a privilege and I never want to take that for granted or seem ungrateful to be able to do it. I suspect that by cutting back on travel, I’ll be increasing my appreciation of it.
Will you be travelling more or less in 2015?
PS Wishing you all a Happy New Year and a prosperous 2015!!