It always seemed to us that the hardest part of travelling was taking the leap to go and do it. Quitting work, leaving home and everything we knew for the unknown. Turns out, once your mind is set on adventure, it’s so easy to do all those things and not think twice about it. Little did we know, returning home would be the tricky part.
We’ve been back home now for 6 months after living in New Zealand and then travelling to Fiji, Australia, Indonesia, Vietnam and Cambodia. By the end of our journey we thought we were more than ready to come home. We were dying to have our feet on home turf, so much so that the last few weeks of travelling just flew by.
The initial week after arriving home was incredible. Seeing family and friends, sharing stories, catching up, smelling fresh bed sheets, dads roast dinner, a sofa! All these comforts which make you feel at home… it was amazing!
We began to explore all our old favourite places and everything seemed so different, yet the same. Everywhere was busier, yet there was no one to talk to. People were all glammed up, suits, modern looking, heads stuck down, engaged in their iPhone.
A lot suddenly changed for us, from this quiet little life where we took each day as it came suddenly changed to a busy world where we felt left behind. It wasn’t long until we were being asked questions about our future. Jobs? House? Settling? Everything felt like it came so thick and fast and had to be done NOW!
When we went away, our perspectives, mind-set, and lifestyle changed completely. New Zealand was so kick-back, after a few hours of hard work we would hop-off to the pool or pack up the car for an adventurous getaway.
Coming back at first felt amazing, we were really lucky to get jobs straight away, earn money and have a place to ourselves. We were very fortunate and we knew it – but there was just something missing, we were not content. We soon realised that after the initial hugs were given and stories have been told, that our quiet lifestyle in New Zealand and on our travels were over. It was now going to be 9-5, Monday to Friday… routine (ahhh!).
It took a while to shake off this horrible feeling of, ‘the daily grind’ but we did it, and here’s what worked for us…
So we love adventure, we crave it and can’t get enough of it. So we figure, that we needed to incorporate adventure into our daily lifestyles. Firstly we started to look for jobs which incorporate things we love, adventures, and action, something of our own. We knew we may not get the ‘dream’ job straight away, but for us this goal has given direction and something to work towards.
Secondly we started CrossFit, every weekday morning we get up at 6:10 and have an intense work out at our local box. It really sets us up for the day so we’re in the right frame of mind to go out and achieve our goals.
On the weekends we always plan something, whether it be a walk around a lake, in a forest or simply to the pub. A day trip to a different town or city and at least once a month we go away for a mini-break somewhere within driving distance. We are blessed to have Europe on our doorstep and love planning long weekends away.
It may have taken us a while to come to terms with this, but adventure and travel do not have to come to an end when you return home -sometimes we have to remind ourselves of this. If we end up leading a life we don’t want, then we have to figure out a way to change it.
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