It’s been a while since I last traded in my backpack for an apartment, a job, and a fairly stable existence in Canada. And it has been a struggle. I still have a lot of days where I all I want to do is sell everything I own and jump on a plane, but I’m learning to cope and understand why those feelings persist.
Long-term travel is a beautiful thing. You give up set routines in favour of doing and learning something new every day. Even a chill day on the road is exciting in its own regard. The weeks don’t blend together and instead moments stick out in your memory. While friends were getting married and buying homes, I was living a different life every year and forming unique memories of it all.
But it can be tough as you get older. At a certain point, you look at your life and realize that you are missing a plan. Starting over all the time isn’t for everyone. Not knowing how you’ll be supporting yourself in a year from now isn’t for everyone. It might be OK when you’re 21, but in your late 20s you can start to feel a bit of a time crunch. I’m not saying this is true for everyone, but it certainly reflects my own experience.
Getting comfortable with living a more “normal” life has been a challenge, but I’ve waded through it and am finding it slightly easier to settle in. Here’s what I’ve learned.