I read several traveler blogs regularly (although I don’t really network with them) and one of them is www.BackpackingMatt.com, who has also been in New Zealand for a while now and is based in Queenstown.
I really like his stories as they are interesting to read and sometimes he has even got some useful advice (although I wouldn’t comply to everything he’s writing, but that’s probably just me).
His recent post although made me more than happy. It was titled “Confessions of a Backpacker: I’m in Love” it is about the insight each and every traveler will get once he stopped traveling for a while.
One of the greatest things of going traveling is probably to leave all things and unnecessary baggage behind – in terms of belongings and mentally as well. It is like a huge clean-up, a restart into a better, more aware life driven be ideals and dreams.
But what if you own dreams are catching up with you? With traveling comes experiencing many great places in a more or less short period of time, depending on how fast you travel.
The slower you are the higher the chances that you’ll find a place eventually, which is actually more beautiful than any other place you’ve seen before. You might fall so much in love with it, that you stay for longer than expected.
This might be a very obvious problem of long-term travelers, but no one has written a very nice round-up about this issue like Matt for a long time in my opinion. I can see myself in each and every of his words in that article, so instead of trying to find my own words, I want you to read his article instead.
In case you are too lazy to read (I know you are), he outlines everything in the last sentence:
I love my life here and for the time being I’m content with that. There is certainly more of this world I want to see – but for now, that’ll have to wait for another day.
Maybe one of the reasons are that Matt and I have spent a similar amount of time in New Zealand. He has been here for 22 months according to his article, which is the same for me. Yes, 22 months, that makes nearly 2 years, gosh time goes by.
BackpackingMatt.com: Confessions of a Backpacker: I’m in love.