Long-Term Travel Affected Me
I wanted to take a break from talking about my pre-trip preparations to talk about, well, my pre-trip preparations.
A change of pace
It’s been the root of the feeling of discontentment in my career as well as my personal life.
The root cause
Flashback to a year ago when I made the decision to stop saying, “If I follow this dream” and instead to start saying, “When I pursue this dream.”
Once I wrapped my brain around the idea of leaving, my mentality changed.
Now, the job in which I felt stagnant was just the means to an end. I was working to save money so I could pursue my ultimate bucket list dream. I didn’t feel like a failure for never leaving Florida, I felt an appreciation for the family and friends I have to eventually come back to. The career I wasn’t focused on became the stepping stone I could use to make this dream a reality. In choosing to leave, it shifted the lens through which I looked at, well, everything.
New mindset, who this?
Starting the research and formulating a plan a year ahead of time was both a blessing and a curse. It was great because it allowed me to procrastinate and still have plenty of time to get things done. It wasn’t so great because it meant I was front-loading all of the negative aspects of planning such a monumental task with none of the payoff. Normally, planning a vacation is fun! You get to look into all of the fun places to stay and the interesting things to do. This was different. I was constantly stressed about 9 different things at once, with the actual event itself far in the future. It’s a very odd subspecies of stress that I hadn’t really dealt with before.