I’ve been at home for about a month and a half now, except for the 2 week trip I did up to Cairns and I’ve got to say I’m pretty much done with it! haha.
I needed to come home after travelling the whole first half of the year and using up all my visa time in Europe. Now I’m here and it was cool for the first week or two, but sitting home alone while my girlfriend mum and dad are all in Europe isn’t exactly a hoot. It’s kinda like Home Alone 2 at my house except I’m that creepy dude setting booby traps for myself all over the place.
It’s funny when you look back at how at one point you were feeling really stoked to come back home and then after you’re home a while you wonder just exactly what you were thinking… Nothings changed, everyone is doing the same shit (reminds me of this song – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m30uQqf_m6k ). All the people who were on the road to no-where are still on the road to no-where and all the other people are still just chipping away at what ever it was that they were doing when you first left. Only now those people get a bitter taste in their mouths at the very sight of your face because they constantly see all your photos and updates on FB of you skylarking while their meant to be working… Everyone that you run into pretty much knows exactly what you have been doing, whilst you haven’t got the faintest idea what they have been doing, because frankly you couldn’t really give a toss about what happened at their work last week or at some terrible bar that everyone goes to because there isn’t any other choice.
Life as a proffesional traveller is pretty sweet and is not to be taken for granted. A trip home every now and again is a nessisary evil in order to inflict on you the mundane reality of common day to day dweling. If you travel alot lot like me, revel in your ability to take in things that many people will simply never see or get to do and remember that you could always be in a much worse situation than you are currently in.
If you aren’t a traveller and you are one of the bitter folk I speak of, my advice to you is to DO SOMETHING. Travelling is no where near as hard, scary or as expensive as you or many other people manke it out to be. Take a short cheap trip somewhere close (thailand, bali etc.) get a feel for what it’s like and get on the bandwagon. You haven’t lived until you have travelled!
Next week I will be gliding back to Europe and back to my very causal job as a world tour judge. I hope it all goes smoothly but even if it doesn’t I will try and focus on the positives of being abroad and living life to the fullest!
For the record I guess I’m actually on the road to nowhere as well, except I’m doing it the long way.
I wish everyone traveling around out there good luck and keep at it!