If you read any kind of travel blog, or keep up with travelling Instagrammers, you’ll know the life looks great.
Heck, even my Facebook feed with people taking ‘years out’ make the world-traveller life look like fun. I love reading about the adventures and insights of folks who are backpacking across Asia or America.
BUT I could never do it myself.
And I don’t just mean ‘I couldn’t afford it’, or ‘I wouldn’t be brave enough’, because I know if it’s really want I wanted to do, I could save up and build up enough courage to do it. But I don’t want that life.
Here are some reasons why I couldn’t live the travel lifestyle:
- I’m a ‘nester’ by nature
That makes it sound like I’m pregnant…(I’m definitely not, btw). What I mean is, I like to make a home for myself and get settled. I like having a base to come back to, that I can call home. I can’t imagine living out of different hotel rooms and hostels, and having to pack up my stuff at the end of each week. No thank you.
- I don’t enjoy the ‘travel’ aspect
The actual process of ‘travelling’ bores me. Trains and buses are the bane of my life, and air travel is down-right stressful. I much prefer actually being at my destination…preferably in a resort of villa with a pool and everything I need so I don’t have to move.
- In fact, travelling makes me ill
I get horribly travel sick, and have to drug myself up whenever I travel by train, plane or boat. I also have health issues that are aggravated by travelling. So lots of fun, all in all.
- I have too much stuff
Okay, I probably get attached to material possessions too easily, but it’s true. I have a mattress that I love, and a sofa I adore – not to mention all my sentimental pieces as well. I just couldn’t sell it or leave it all behind for too long. I also own a dog, whom I love, so that doesn’t really work out either.
- I am very sensible with finances
That may just be the most boring statement in the world. It’s true though, I like to plan things and add to savings each month. I even have life insurance for God’s sakes. I’m not sure I could cope with the unpredictability of expenses while travelling.
- I love where I am
Have I mentioned before that I love Cornwall? Seriously, it’s a beautiful part of the world. Why would I ever need to leave?
- Travelling the world isn’t my dream
This is probably my most important point. For many people, travelling the world is their aspiration, their ambition. But it’s not mine. Mine is to run my own business, and one day design and build my own house.
Some of you with serious wanderlust may not care for this post, but I wanted to share my thoughts because I know many of you are probably like me, and you should know that it’s okay to be happy with settling, or nesting, or whatever. Travelling might not be your dream, and that’s fine.