Not traveling anywhere this holiday made me realize that I actually haven’t travelled anywhere in over a year (says the girl with the travel blog).
Well…I did go to Europe during the summer, and Montreal several times throughout the year, but the last time I went anywhere that I can sincerely say “I’ve lived there and fully experienced the culture” was Australia, two years ago when I backpacked the country for four months.
I tell my friends this and they all reply with the same answer, which is, “don’t worry, you’re saving up for Europe.” (#firstworldproblems). While this usually makes me instantly happy as images of the Eiffel Tower and Big Ben engulf my thoughts, it doesn’t really make the “in-between time” go by any faster. Travel memoirs usually always begin with the writer talking about how they spent a year slaving away to work to save enough money to travel, and while in writing, this only takes about ten words to express, in reality, a year is a hell of a long time…
So the question for this week is, what is your “in-between time” therapy? What motivates you to not let your mundane job get to you as you slave away to save up for your travels?
Here are some of mine (if you’re curious):
– Watching travel related movies and reading travel memoirs. Then envisioning a spin-off of the story featuring me and a certain boy doing exciting European things like eating croissants and reading the untranslated works of Proust (of course he is European and fluent in French, so he probably already does this daily).
– Keeping in contact with my friends from abroad. This is also particularly useful when I need places to crash – just kidding!
– Buying travel guide books and reading them in public places. That way, everyone will envy you on the subway as you sit there engrossed in “Lonely Planet: Morocco”, while they are forced to read about Stephen Harper’s new flannel shirt purchase in the daily paper.
– Shopping. Reasons include: “when I move to Europe everything will be more expensive since it’s in Euros so buying this is actually an investment,” or “everyone is taller in Europe so I should…buy more heels.”
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