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Why Long-Term Travel Isn’t For Us

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Within the blogging world, you hear about so many people who have quit their jobs in order to travel the world indefinitely. But you don’t really hear much from those of us who have decided that long-term travel isn’t really “our thing”.

Although travelling is one of my greatest passions, and although I work remotely full-time, I can’t really see myself wanting to travel long-term, or not have a permanent home base. One of the main reasons is that even after a 2 week holiday, I start missing home comforts like my own bed, my beautiful garden and a kitchen where I know where everything is kept.

Certainly now we’ve decided to bring a puppy into our lives, I now definitely can’t imagine him not having a home he can call his.

And then it got me thinking… I can’t be the only one, surely?

In this blog, we’ll hear from six bloggers who CAN travel long-term; they might be business owners, full-time bloggers, digital nomads (like me) or otherwise, but who choose NOT to travel for long periods of time…

Ali from Ali’s Adventures

Ali & Andy in El Salvador

“I run two sites, Ali’s Adventures which is about my personal travels, life in Berlin, and living a non-traditional life, and Travel Made Simple, which provides advice such as packing tips, destination info, tour reviews, and travel planning tips.

I’ve been a full-time travel blogger for several years now, and one of the big perks is flexibility. I can work from anywhere in the world that has an internet connection. But long-term travel isn’t for me because I like having the comforts of a stable home.

I get sick of bad beds when I travel for too long, and I like a certain amount of routine I can’t get if I’m travelling for too long. It’s also easier for me to work when I’m home.

And I love living in Berlin!

I travel a few times a year throughout Europe, plus once or twice a year I go somewhere farther away. My trips are anything from a weekend away to a month-long adventure. The longest I’ve ever travelled was 5 months, and it was exhausting. I wouldn’t rule out another long trip like that, but for the most part, a month is about my limit.”

Follow Ali on Pinterest.

Arzo from Arzo Travels

Arzo in Switzerland

“If you are a travel blogger, many people assume you travel non-stop. However, this is not the case – at least I do not do travel non-stop.

While I enjoy travelling often, I actually prefer to travel for less than eight weeks. To be very honest: I am not made for traveling for months.

When I studied in Melbourne for one full year, I realized that I am not made for being away from home. After a few months, I started missing my home, I missed my parents, I missed my friends and family, and I missed my bed.

I really missed my own bed, doing nothing but resting, chilling and listening to music. At the end of the day, your own bed is pretty great.

Now, I also have a dog and when I travel, he is with my parents, but I do not want to leave him for more than 2-3 weeks with them.

When I travel to Dubai or other places where I need to take a plane, I travel without my dog. I enjoy weekend getaways as well as revisiting places over and over again, so I can fully immerse myself in the culture and feel a bit like a local.

Once a year, I take my dog with me and we travel for about six weeks through Switzerland – I admit, that I would love to travel for longer than six weeks (up to 10 weeks in Switzerland) but well, Switzerland is also extremely expensive and it is not the ideal place for traveling for months.

But to be honest: at the end of the day, I am always happy to get back home after a few weeks.”

Follow Arzo on Pinterest.

Allan from Live Less Ordinary

Allan in Japan

“For a good 5 years now I could afford long-term travel through various passive incomes, like remote work, and my websites including Live-Less-Ordinary.com.

At the same time I never considered the lifestyle, simply because I have no desire for long-term travel, or the whole backpacker and traveller thing.

Instead I have been fascinated more in Asia, and in earlier years, I worked a 9-5 job in the U.K to afford a condo in Bangkok, which gave me a permanent base in Thailand. Although these days I spend more time at my wife’s home in Thailand’s rural rice fields.

However, we do continue to travel relatively regularly, opting for comfortable/budget travel over prolonged stretches. But I’ve never stayed in a hostel dorm to date.

We instead plan out dream destinations and travels, for a week, or two if pushing it, around 5 times a year, and then make the most of the limited time we have. And, if anything, I would say we are serial tourists.

But these days our home(s) feel almost like the holiday, as travel has become our work, and we need the balance to feel settled in life. Only now we can afford to spend half the year in Europe (U.K.), and the other half in Asia, so we can share the best of both worlds.”

Follow Allan on Instagram.

Chris from Explore Now or Never

Chris in an Ice Cave

“I’m a busy full-time freelance writer so I could work from anywhere (and often do). But as much as I live to travel, I also love my home base in San Diego, CA. I’m an introvert at heart so when I’m not snorkeling a tropical island or walking cobblestone streets in Europe, I love to relax in my sunny, tropical garden or write with a cat on my lap at home.

I started my blog Explore Now or Never to inspire other mid-life professionals like me to have the best of both worlds: a fulfilling career and restorative travel experiences off the tourist grid. But busy people don’t always have the time or interest to figure out where to stay or how to see a place without a tour group, so that’s where I come in; I make it easy.

I used to think travel was expensive…that it was a once-a-year kind of indulgence that left you somewhat exhausted. Now I know that if you understand how to find great airfare deals, where to stay in small towns, and how to connect with locals, then you can hop around the globe on a regular basis without sacrificing comfort or spending a fortune. (I also love home exchange for the best of both worlds!) So I’m all about sharing those tips and itineraries.”

Follow Chris on Instagram.

Kami from Kami and the Rest of the World

Kami in New Zealand

“I’m based in Warsaw, Poland and work full-time for one of the main railway companies in the country (I have an office job, 8 hours each day from Monday to Friday).

In Poland, we get 26 days of paid holidays per year – last year I managed to travel for 124 days with that – that’s a lot!

I don’t think of leaving my job and setting off to travel the world full-time as I know that’s not for me.

I prefer to travel more often but for a shorter time as this way, even if I have a regular life back at home, I kind of feel like I’m always on the road. The maximum I travel for is 2 weeks at a time and that’s sometimes even too long for me.

I also feel like I have a perfect balance between the regular life where I work, meet friends and just enjoy my time in Warsaw and the time I spent travelling.

I try to show on my blog that you don’t need to leave the job and everything else behind if you want to see the world, it’s perfectly doable with a home base somewhere.”

Follow Kami on Facebook.

Sonja from Migrating Miss

Sonja in Isle of Lewis and Harris

“My name’s Sonja, and I’m a travel blogger and content creator from New Zealand!

Despite having a HUGE love for travel, I’ve found it much easier to move abroad to several different countries with a little travel in between, than embark on long term travel. In a way, living abroad is a form of long term travel, but you get to have all the benefits of a solid home base within a community.

I learn more about a country and culture in depth by living somewhere, and I get to travel as much as I can to places nearby (and sometimes further afield!) as well. I originally moved abroad to study, and then later on to work, taking whatever jobs I could find to help replenish my funds. This meant office work in the UK and Australia, and teaching English in Spain.

I found it easier to do it this way than have to save for years to afford long term travel. Although I now earn money online and have the freedom to go wherever I want, I still choose to stay in one place.

I recently got married and settled in Scotland, where neither my husband or I are from, but have made an effort to build a life for ourselves. Sometimes constantly starting over again can be tiring, and as I get older (eeek!) I seem to value having a solid group of people I can turn to where I live, as well as my friends and family I’m in constant contact with abroad. 

Sure, there’s a possibility we may choose to move abroad somewhere or even to New Zealand one day, but at the moment I love having a home base that I’m still exploring and learning about, and travelling abroad on shorter trips when I want to!”

Follow Sonja on Instagram.

As you can see, there are different approaches to travel, depending on your own personal preferences. What about you? Do you prefer to take multiple trips, or travel long-term?

Why Long-Term Travel Isn’t For Us
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Justine Jenkins

Justine is one half of the married couple behind the Wanderers of the World travel blog. She lives in Bristol, UK and has travelled extensively within Europe and beyond since 2013. After her trips, she shares detailed travel itineraries, helpful travel guides and inspiring blog posts about the places she's been to. When she's not travelling overseas, you'll find her joining her husband, Scott on various day trips, weekend getaways and walks within the UK, which she also writes about on Wanderers of the World. Aside from travelling and writing, she also loves reading, crafting and learning about nature.

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