Is vagabonding the antidote to a boring life?

Speaking from my own personal experience, traveling has always been a way to escape the monotony and routine of my day-to-day life. Whether it has been a 2 week holiday, a charity bike ride across Vietnam or a longer round-the-world trip – the excitement of breaking out of the daily routine, seeing new sights and meeting new people has always been the perfect antidote to my ‘real’ life.

Now that I travel the world permanently however, something else has happened. Traveling is my real life – and along with it has come the realisation that it isn’t just the traveling that provides the excitement in my life…it’s me and the choices I make and actions I take on a daily basis.

As with everything, the things you do regularly become the ‘norm’ and it’s easy to get stuck into a rut, forget that you can discover something new every day, no matter where you are and that flying half way around the world isn’t the only way to bring some excitement into your life.

Of course, that’s easy for me to say, sitting here in the sunny Caribbean whilst my family and friends freeze back home in the UK but what I find interesting is the fact that the things I choose to do on a daily basis here in Grenada (or Panama or Dubai or Buenos Aires) really aren’t that much different from what I did back ‘home’ – I just do them in a different location every few months.

So is vagabonding the antidote to a boring life? No, I don’t believe it is. I believe you and I are the antidote to a boring life. Choose to do something a little different every day and that long-awaited trip so far off in the distance might not seem like the only respite you have to your real life.

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Category: Notes from the collective travel mind

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