This is not a typical “Tripsget” post (is there already such a thing as a typical post for this blog?) and it’s a little bit more personal than the rest of the posts. I’ve been thinking of it for a while now, but I would really like to shift the direction of this blog to something more personal. In other words, build this blog around our personalities.
Sometimes it’s worth taking a break and auditing all the things you’re doing. The initial target of this blog was to provide you, my dear readers, with some useful information for your future trips. We’ve done some pretty awesome journeys, to be honest, and some of them were really complicated to plan. When I was researching and planning our trips together with Pepe, I experienced a lack of useful information about Balkans, for example. There were plenty of separate guides to each and every one of our destinations, but there was absolutely no information about the fact, how to combine all these destinations in one trip. That’s just one example of many custom made trips we’ve completed.
I will keep doing that – provide you with useful information. However, we won’t be traveling as much as we had used to and I don’t want to publish listicles and trivial guides to the cities, where only the laziest blogger hasn’t been and hasn’t covered them in his or her blog. Even if I wanted to, I wouldn’t be able to produce so much content. That means that we would have to invite guest bloggers and accept guest posts and that wouldn’t be OUR travel blog anymore. I really want it to be our travel blog, something that we started together and where I can express my thoughts and sometimes even crazy ideas.
Our new life
My life has changed a lot during the last year. Now I’m married and I’m an expat-to-be. Pepe has been an expat for almost 3 years now. What are my plans? Well, settle down and find a well-paid job, that would allow me to contribute to our family budget and travel during our 28 days of paid annual leave.
Such a boring life, you would say.
Why not quit our jobs and the life of travel instead? The answer is no. That wouldn’t work for us and thousands of other couples around the world. And I wouldn’t allow anybody to call our life boring, just because we aren’t based in a miserable cheap flat somewhere in Thailand (because we wouldn’t be able to afford a nice one), browsing Upwork and trying to earn some bucks to finally change the location to something more decent. Some people would call this life awesome and adventurous: when you don’t know where you will end up tomorrow and how you would earn money for your next lunch.
Don’t get me wrong, I love following the accounts/ blogs of travelers, who are basically homeless, constantly on the go and have experienced all the possible and impossible adventures. I like saying: wow it’s so crazy and awesome, but I would like this life for myself.
When we had the 1.5 years of long distance relationship, we were traveling every single month to meet each other, and obviously, sometimes these trips were really cheap. We were staying in some sketchy hotels and hostels, eating fast food and moving by buses and Ryanair. I would go from St. Petersburg to Tallinn, Estonia by bus (takes 7 hours) without sleeping all night, wait for 7 hours in the airport and grab a Ryanair flight to London where I would sit for 3 more hours and grab the nest flight to Shannon, for example. 18 hours of buses, flights and waiting just for a weekend in Ireland.
There were so many nights, when we couldn’t sleep in our cheap hotels and when we were eating chocolates instead of having a proper lunch in a cafe. If I imagine traveling and living all the time like that, I shiver. I would prefer traveling once in a couple of months, but be able to pay for a decent hotel, food and even take some tours.
Moreover, as the expats from 2 different countries, we don’t have a common home, where we could move in together. That means we need to work hard to buy a home because renting all life long doesn’t sound like a good option. Freelance jobs wouldn’t give us enough money to buy a home in Europe even for a 35 year of the mortgage. It would be an entirely different situation, if we were from the same country and already had a home for us, which we could rent and in the meantime travel the world without having to work 14 hours a day and fighting for each 10 dollars on Upwork.
Life is tough and we don’t have illusions. Sometimes the life of travel just doesn’t work for your and you can do nothing about it. That’s basically my response to all the posts of “Stop going to your boring work and go to travel around the world”.
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