You must get completely fed up with us constantly going on about how much we love our lives and how great everything always is. Bit much isn’t it? I’m really not surprised that you’re not buying all of this ‘wonderful life’ business. So I thought we should come clean and tell a few reasons why this travelling life is not it’s cracked up to be.
Full time travellers
As most of you know we have been travelling fulltime for nearly three and a half years. All we carry is a small backpack and a case as we move from place to place. Everything we own is in those bags and if we buy anything new then something else has to go.
So here are out ten reasons why fulltime travelling just isn’t as amazing or as fantastic as we make out. In no particular order.
Our ten reasons why full-time travelling isn’t all it’s cracked up to be!
1 Lack of clothes
We don’t have a summer wardrobe or a winter wardrobe, in fact we don’t have a wardrobe of any kind. Just a couple of pairs of trousers, a handful of shirts, couple of sweatshirts, and a jacket. It would be nice sometimes to be able to choose something different to wear or have something smart.
2 Different beds
We have slept in over 180 different beds since we started this journey and some have been amazingly comfortable but several have been dreadful. A lot of people just don’t appreciate how nice it is to have your own bed.
3 No Car
Most people can’t believe their ears when they learn that we don’t own a car. ‘Everyone’s got a car‘ they say. Well we haven’t and it can be restricting having to travel everywhere by public transport. It means we have to be very very organised and book train and bus tickets well in advance.
4 Restrictive food shopping
Shopping of the food kind for us is limited to exactly what we will be eating over the coming few days. We never buy anything that won’t be eaten so it’s all well planned. No spices or sauces or bottles of something fizzy just in case. Oh and if that isn’t enough, we generally have to carry all of our shopping ‘home’ in our backpacks and sometimes it’s a fair walk.
5 Not enough shoes
Due to space requirements we each only have two pairs of footwear, one of which has to be boots. So for Jo this is seriously restrictive as it isn’t in any womans DNA to have so few pairs is it? Whenever she explains this to any other ladies she is always met with a blank look followed by a shocked exclamation ‘What? Only two pairs?’
6 Unable to invite friends and family round
This may be unbelievably obvious as we are homeless but it is a major difference to ‘normal life’. So much of our social life previously was entertaining and inviting people to our house. Impossible now and we do actually really miss it.
7 Doctors and Dentists
We still go to these but have to travel back to our previous home town of Maidstone for every single appointment which can be well tricky to organise when we’re forever on the move. I used to think going to the doctors on the way home from work was a pain but that pales into insignificance against some of the day return journeys we’ve made.
8 Relaxing in our dressing gowns
It’s one of the delights of having your own home that you can occasionally just slob around for an evening or even a day without getting dressed and do absolutely nothing. There’s no way we can do that as we are always in someone else’s house, an Airbnb, or a hotel. We can still relax but need to be considerate always.
9 Home baking
Jo is an amazingly good cook and loves to bake. Very rarely she gets the opportunity to work her baking magic when we’re staying with our boys but it’s on a very few occasions. She really misses it. So do I as those cakes all have to be eaten don’t they?
We still celebrate Christmas, it hasn’t disappeared, but we really do miss being able to have our family round at that special time of year. Being together at Christmas is wonderful. We obviously arrange to get to see all of our boys over the festive period and still have a marvellous time but there is something special about everyone coming home isn’t there?
Actually, full-time travelling is all it’s cracked up to be!
Although all ten are serious issues we don’t actually feel that any affect our travelling life adversely. Sure we wouldn’t mind having a car but we’re so organised that train travel is easy and we still enjoy the adventure. More clothes and shoes? Not a big deal as we’re happy with being frugal plus we don’t like to carry anything we don’t use. No waste. So from our point of view travelling full-time is everything it’s cracked up to be and well worth any sacrifices that we have to make.
The only real negatives truthfully are not being able to have Christmas at home and maybe inviting friends round. Although perhaps that doesn’t ring true anymore as we’ve made friends all around the world and continue to meet more and more wonderful people with every step we take.
Any other good reasons that you can think of to argue that full-time travelling isn’t all it’s cracked up to ?