Yes, I do.
I miss that thrill of a new place every day. Trying new foods and learning different customs. I miss the rush and the wandering and the unfamiliar. Traveling full time is a rare lifestyle I will probably never experience (at least in the near future), but that’s why I think it’s important to find adventure no matter what continent you’re on. When you’re traveling, it’s almost as if you’re in this alternate universe and reality. Time stands still for people back home, but you are a whirlwind of stories, encounters, and faces.
All that said, I’m learning to appreciate not traveling as well. For once in my life I’m starting to make roots in a place other than my small hometown. I’m learning to open up to people and experiences out of my comfort zone. I’m actively involved in a church and coaching people to get swole at a gym. Life is good! It doesn’t mean that we are settling down – the military does a good job of preventing that – but pausing in one location for a bit to learn the most we can before moving on.
I thought I would be a gypsy for a lot longer than I was, but it was all for the best 🙂 Now I get to go through life with my other half, who shares my passions as well! (I’m typing this over a growing belly and an energetic boy punching me from the inside.)
We get to learn how to live life together and travel as a team. I’m learning to let go of expectations and find a new solution to our plans rather than compromising the old ideas.
Traveling alone full time for me wasn’t sustainable or very wise. But life has been an adventure whether I’m in this country or not, and I’m slowly learning to find the value in that. Obviously it looks different than I imagined, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.