Over the last couple of months while visiting home, I have debated my immediate future plans back and forth countless times.
There are some very good reasons for me to take a few months off from my nomadic existence and spend some quality time with my family, but convincing myself to stay put in one place for the next fours months has been a challenge.
My original plan was to visit Ohio for the holidays, get in some family time, and then head straight to South America.
However, as the days and weeks passed, I decided to spend a little extra time in the town where I was born.
Reasons for my decision.
Sometimes we all need a vacation.
One of the main reasons for my decision is that I started to feel that I needed a little break from the road.
Long-term travel isn’t always easy. Perhaps you have heard of the infamous travel burn out. When this occurs, traveling can become more of a chore than a desire. I never want this to happen.
Travel is my passion, my love, and truly I’m not burnout on traveling. In fact, I fight the urge to jump on a plane almost weekly.
However, I started to feel travel burnout creeping in and taking a few months off to regroup will let me hit the road freshly rested and with a new perspective.
I wasn’t growing tired of traveling, but I became more aware and anxious about having the same conversation at every new hostel, answering the same questions, packing and repacking my backpack, and spending endless hours at airports. It was starting to wear on me.
Another reason I decided that a break would be the right decision is because every aspect of my life revolves around traveling. It rules my world.
If I wasn’t out sightseeing, I was writing about sightseeing. If I wasn’t posting social media about traveling, I was writing posts, answering emails, or editing photos of……you guessed it …..travel.
For the last two years, I’ve had no separation. Every waking moment of my life seemed consumed, happily I might add, with travel.
Everyone needs a vacation. While many people tell me they envy what I do and hope to experience a part of it on THEIR vacation, the truth is this is my everyday life. Don’t get me wrong; I love it!
However to truly appreciate it, every once in awhile I need to take a break.
Crossing off Projects on my “To Do” List
As you probably have noticed, my site is undergoing a redesign. This is just one of the many projects I have lined up and am working on over the next few months.
In fact, I have so much on my plate that if I were on the road right now, I wouldn’t have much time to enjoy it. I am actually excited to finally have the chance to work on these projects and I look forward to checking them off my never-ending “to do” list.
Here are some of the things in the works that you can expect over the next 4 months.
A New Blog Design – Which is in progress now!
Adventure Stories – I have a ton of stories I can’t wait to share with you guys but haven’t had the time to sit down and write. Adventures like Camping in the Wilderness of Denali Park (Which could rival a National Park in Hawaii) Exploring Ancient Petra, Visiting the Black and White Temple in Chiang Rai. These are just a few that I have been eager to share.
Budget Post – By popular request, I have started a budget segment on the blog. I am working on getting daily and monthly budget posts written for every country I have toured.
Travel Tips Post – Also by popular request, I am writing a comprehensive list of travel tips for every country in which I’ve spent a significant amount of time.
Backpacker Banter and I started an e-book, “Plan It, Do It, Live It. Your RTW Planning Guide”, but because of our crazy schedules it has been put on the back burner.
One of my goals is to get this book completed or at least near completion before hitting the road again.
Monthly columns – As many of you know, I write monthly columns on the prestigious Vagabonding site.
For the next three months, i will talk about conquering the challenges that come with long-term travel.
Videos – I have a ton of video footage of places around the world that I want to edit and put on my youtube channel.
This will be the “year of video” for A Backpackers Tale. Make sure to subscribe to my channel to get all the latest updates.
So as you can see there will be plenty of entertaining stories, advice, and scenery coming soon.
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Catching Up With Family
Another reason I have made the decision to stay put in my hometown is family. It is rare for all my family to be home at the same time, and over the next few months, my brother, which is usually Tall Ship sailing, and my mother who travels quite a bit herself, doesn’t have any major travel plans.
This seems like the perfect opportunity for all of us to be together, as well as, with other members of my family who haven’t been in the best health.
Although we all stay in close contact when I am on the road, it is nice actually to sit down and enjoy time with one other.
What’s the New Plan!
Although I am staying put, and workong on my bucket list ideas, I am hopping that time goes fast and it won’t be long before I am back on the road. In May, I will be soaring into the blue skies on another around the world trip.
I am not sure where I am headed, but I have thought of a few possibilities. I could really use your help – please feel free to comment and let me know which one you would prefer.
Tall Ship sail to the Caribbean
India Nepal and Everest Base Camp.
Japan, China, Vietnam, Cambodia so for the next four months I will be fighting my wanderlust, staying put and getting in some things in my life in order.
While I love long-term travel more than anything, and I am looking forward to getting back on the road taking a break is something I need at the moment.
9 thoughts on “On Deciding to Take 4 Months Off From Traveling”
Sounds like the perfect time and reasons to take a break… Good luck with it all 🙂
Love the new design! But I think there’s a travel plan option missing from the list *cough* Madrid *cough*
Hahaha Madrid is on the way to everywhere 🙂
I saw Vietnam on your list and I think that you should bump that one to the top of your list. It is a beautiful country with so much history. It’s where my parents are from and I was fortunate enough to be able to travel to Vietnam over a dozen times for work. The people are very kind, humble and curious. The food is AMAZING (I might be slightly biased). The country is rapidly developing so I think its best to visit now more than ever (before all its unique ‘wild west’ charm is lost). Saigon, Halong Bay, Phu Quoc, Hoi An, Da Nang, Hanoi…
On a side note, I can totally relate to why you decided to take a break from travelling. Slightly similar to you, I was travelling for 5 years for work, mostly throughout SE Asia, India and Europe. It was amazing but I got burnt out and needed to reconnect with home. I know I’ll want to hit the road again soon, its only a matter of time before I’ll be itching for the next adventure.
Haha the itch for adventure never goes away. I fight the urge to hit the road daily. Soon though….very soon. Also Vietnam is very high on my list 🙂
Good reasons Stephen 😉 We just came off a 2 month break, spending time with fam and friends in NJ for he holidays. Super period for resting, recharging and tying up loose online business ends, I tell you. Now we’re back in Bali for at least 4 months. Maybe 6. Or 8? LOL…it’s an open ended house sit on a brilliant resort compound, really glam deal here so we’ll take care of the fun-loving chickens, dogs and cats and we’ll roll with it. Enjoy your time off Stephen!
Thanks for you comment Ryan!
Yea I am taking this time to relax and recharge the batteries! An open ended house sit sounds like a fantastic idea.
Wow. Sad to hear you wont be gallivanting, but also rather inspirational. You know what you want with and in your life and you know how to preserve and respect its journey. I am on the other side of the platform, where I took an unwanted break, and it ended up being longer than I had ever wanted. And now due to that, getting started again, is proving incredibly hard to do, not due to lack of wanderlust or want, but just what too much time (Almost 2 years) does to one’s budget, plans, etc It has left me feeling frustrated, boxed, caged and seriously despondent. I am most certainly a bird who’s wings have been clipped, but slowly I have started to realize, if I cant fly I can still walk. The walk isn’t my preferred choice of “flight” but its helping me pull myself out from myself and get going again.Soon I’ll be running and then who know’s what.
I guess I am lucky in the sense, that I can pack up shop and just leave, when I am back on track. I am single, I travel Solo ( always so far ), I have no family to leave behind, and no partner or children to consider, as of yet. My Photography, Writing and Adventurous spirit, keep me quite entertained when I do travel, and I grew up hiking mountains, and the likes, so a bit of unplanned adventure is always bound to happen. River Rafting anyone (not that I know how….yet)?
What I really liked about your post, is you have had these amazing journeys, with some amazing people in even more amazing places. And its that “thing” none of us can explain, that calling, that feeling that need that drives you. Yet when you felt you may be slipping or it may be put under pressure, you hit the brakes and choose to stop for awhile rather than loose or abuse it. That says a lot about you and has most surely inspired me, not to give up on my passions, dreams and over- sized ambitions, but also to pace myself when they do eventually get going again. I look forward to more of your posts! Send your mom some, love and travel hugs from South Africa 🙂
You are the right decision – You followed your heart! That’s what took you on your travels in the first place.
PS can’t see what I’m typing when trying to post this comment as the screen consists of the keyboard and the heading for this site