Return to Home Page

February 21, 2013

The ten days holiday, my way

“Yes, we can just try to do it in about ten days.”

It is a strange feeling dawning on me when I realize I AM the object of the conversation. It has been said quite a few times on Vagabonding before, how the ten days holiday can be a step towards the opening of the third eye of travel but… it just SUCKS when it applies to YOU: an ex long-term traveler bound by a life of travel to live a “normal life”. Well, researching Southeast Asian alienated youth headbanging at the rhythms of noisy, loud music is not so normal, nor it is bad. It is surely quite fun. But being required to stay put because you have to assist the students with tutorials, well, that leaves only the Easter window as a tiny possibility of a much needed foray into some sort of adventure. Because of course, I would not be content on going to Thailand, and relax on the first beach. If I went there, I’d find a more suitable position trying to chase down some Muslim rebels in the jungles around Pattani. But… can you do that in 10 days? I am afraid not. Taking long stretches of travel at a time – in my case, one year periods, more or less – is a serious problem to adjust to when you are planning another foray. Because you always want more. You NEED more. There is nothing you can do, your own cells have mutated and you are now ready to front the group of the X-Men of travel, like Wolverine, your bones are adamantium and won’t rest if not jarred against the rocks of a forgotten camping ground next to some forgotten border.
“Mmmmm….” We look at each other straight in the eyes.
“Maybe we are not going anywhere, are we?”
“No no, check that flight price, c’mon…”
“Wait! Are we going TO FLY??”
Sometimes I wish I were a simpler man, like Lynyrd Skynyrd so poetically put it. But travel, luckily, made me not. That’s why I have adamantium bones. What about you? Can you take it?

Posted by | Comments (0) 
Category: Expat Life, Notes from the collective travel mind, Vagabonding Life

Leave a Reply

Main

Bio

Books

Stories

Essays

Video

Interviews

Events

Writers

Marco

Paris

Vagabonding.net

Contact


Vagabonding Audio Book at Audible.com

Marco Polo Didnt Go There
Rolf's new book!


Vagabonding
   Vagabonding

RECENT COMMENTS

Mark Sandell: Thanks Barney- have e-mailed you. Anyone else ?

laurea: Hello I called Laurea. I am 26 years old and I am a teacher in a school in the...

irane: Hello I called icrane and I come to speak to you of this great witch doctor,...

Mike: You only have one country on the list I can agree with: Israel I live in SE Asia...

Eric: Great case study. Hope Cat enjoys Japan when she gets there … it’s...

Barney Vaughan-Knight: My email is marocnroller@live.co.uk

Barney Vaughan-Knight: Hello, My mother, Janet Hammond – mentioned in a couple of...

Adventure Cowboy: Thank you for sharing such a thoughtful story regarding travel...

Jon: Maryanne, Wonderful information about your travels to Indonesia. I’ve...

Alan Dimen: late night posts…. La Paz Bolivia

SPONSORED BY :



CATEGORIES

TRAVEL LINKS

ARCHIVES

RECENT ENTRIES

Vagabonding Case Study: Cat Gaa
A couple ways to avoid travel burnout.
A chance to study writing in Paris this summer
How to give ethically after a disaster
Vagabonding Field Report: Gili Trawangan, Indonesia
There is no conflict between tourism and traveling
Review on Tortuga Air Carry On Backpack
Dancing at the Blood Festival
Vagabonding Case Study: Troy Whitmarsh
Breeze through U.S. airport lines with TSA Pre-Check and Global Entry


Subscribe to this blog's feed
Follow @rolfpotts