Why you shouldn’t go on a world trip
Last week I pondered several times why we are traveling in the first place? Organizing the whole move again such as finding a storage, moving bus, packing everything and in addition a surprising amount of administrative clutter that frustrates the most. In particular when leaving no home behind. You know how hard it is to formally depart the Netherlands? It is a lot of hassle and catch 22 situation between legislation and bad implementation of these type of processes at city level. From experience we can tell that leaving Switzerland is a much more straight forward (and friendlier) than the Netherlands.
And it’s not just that
End of year at Anna’s school, the promise there told of ‘next year to a new class’ and the farewell of with her girlfriends. What does our restlessness do to her over and over is what repeats itself in my mind. After saying goodbye to friends Zurich last September, she needs to say goodbye again to new ones made. It’s nice to see how a little girl can make contact and friends so easily, but heartbreaking to see when she gives her friend a real heart felt hug, she already knowing that this for some reason is the end… again. Yet, also appreciative to see the ability to make new contacts in so many places.
Anyway, I can imagine that people do not go on a world trip for the following 10 reasons:
- All the hassle: storing things, canceling rent or renting out or selling house, all (Dutch) bureaucracy when you go a little ‘off the beaten track’;
- Saying goodbye to friends (and family) and knowing that we will not see each other for a long time;
- Working out the details of the journey; where, when and for how long? This planning is more work than you might think and despite it being a nice adventure, sometimes no longer fun;
- Leaving behind the familiar and friends; How big and beautiful the trip will be
- A trip like this is generally not cheap, in our case we have save up for it and made conscious choice to a budget and not (or postpone) certain big purchases (such as a house). These decisions also mean to starting all over / at the beginning when the journey is done;
- Discovering new things is fund but this also means you need to adapt to something every time (cultures, customs and other languages);
- Living out of a suitcase, repacking and no big closet where you see what you have and to neatly store everything. No 10 pair of shoes to choose from and of course finding out you forgot a few essential things over stuff you brought hardly ever will use;
- Unpredictability. Your out of you comfort zone much more often; away from the known. But also no Dutch traditional ‘kale, potato and sausage’ 😊, yet, in particular with two little girls, what the shop or restaurant has is what will need to make due. However is compensated by no mundane routines of commuting to work and back what can be a complete time waist;
- No home, no fixed place to be; no easy cup of tea on the couch with a (travel 😉) novel, but a camping chair or unsupportive couch in a holiday home in a tacky decor;
- Long term uncertainty due to canceling your employment and home. No place anymore to return home to. Home is where the heart becomes literal not just a saying.
I’m likely to forget many more reasons, however in our case these are the reasons that played through our heads and were also called out by friends, family and relatives when we told them about our plans lacking these ‘fixed points’. We didn’t find arguments strong enough to keep us from our adventure. But arguments that sometimes did cause doubt and frustrations (especially due to reason 1).
…tomorrow is the day and we’re on the road! If you are thinking if you should go on an adventure or not: do not let yourself be stopped by the 101 and reasons not to go, but follow you heart decide on the reasons to go. Just do it! Swoosh
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