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1. Posted by vampyren (Budding Member 39 posts) 11y

I started travelling at 18. I wanted to see the world and so I went with no idea of when or if I would be "back". It sounds obvious but I realised after a while that this was not quite how most people seemed to have gone. Usually, people had SOME kind of idea about duration and direction. A few months, a year, this area or that area. They had things to go back to... homes, jobs, studies, whatever. I didn't and I thought I never would have. As an example, during the first 9 years away I was 4 years in Thailand.. but it could just as easily have been 4 days or weeks or months. Each day there could have been the day to sudddenly say "Right, time to go" There would have been no logic to it.. there never has been. Nor has there ever been any logic as to the next chosen place. People in the area of my house asked how the hell I came to be buying a place up there?? I told them I wouldn't know that until after I've arrived! The 9 years could also have been 9 weeks or months... Never a plan to it.
It sounds a very minor difference in the travelling mindset, but it has quite huge consequences... but that's not the point here.

SO, now I'm 3 days away from owning a house... I've been living in trucks for 6 years to make it possible. And I'm 3 days away. I was a bit afraid of it. As if my "travelling Soul" identity might be diminished somehow. But, to anyone in a similar position, TAKE HEART!. The nearer the day gets (15th Dec) the stronger I'm starting to feel. Even younger!!:) I'm getting some energy back that has been sadly lacking especially in the last year or 2. That romantic image of the perpetual traveller has huge benefits and gains but also a huge cost. And I'm learning that even the idea of having a base, a home, some roots, can actually PROVIDE the energy to continue that sense of adventure and exploration MORE than if one tries to remain an eternal nomad. It doesn't mean you get into drearyville. Find a place to plug into the Earth and she will feed you... And she doesn't mind you still having a wander!
If this rings a bell with anyone in a similar boat... and helps in some way, I'll be glad.

Be Happy All!

2. Posted by cikusang (Respected Member 1361 posts) 11y

Jon, I'm pretty sure there's many people who might adore your travelling soul seeing you have been travelling far and without limitation.

What I can see is the subtle change within yourself. You may see a thing in the same angle but it may be different...I just don't know ...maybe you start feeling tired of such and need a small change and there's nothing wrong with that.

Happy to see you often here and go! Go! Go! with your dreams!

3. Posted by mally (Respected Member 199 posts) 11y

once a gypsy always a gypsy. you have been bitten by the travel bug . it's your mind that has to travel and have input. go with the flow and good luck in your new lifes travels

4. Posted by SeeTheSky (Respected Member 558 posts) 11y

you know how i feel. just take care, as always.

5. Posted by vampyren (Budding Member 39 posts) 11y

Kind comments from everyone xxx As I am on an extremely frustrating internet machine with a well dodgy keyboard here in Mikulov in the Czech Republic tonight, I ll reply better when I can.. But thanks for your kind wishes... Yes, its the mind that travels... and that can happen even when the body stands still. To any would be travellers.. for Gawds sake dont let it be the other way round

6. Posted by rolla (Full Member 32 posts) 11y

2 days to ur new house...
i just wanted to add that u're probably appreciating so much this ROOTING thanx to ur previous nomadic life as well. i didn't have enough of the nomadic life i've lived just for 6 months, and now that i'd have all premises to engage in a steady life (great, funny job with a life-long contract - very rare this days-, beautiful love story, interesting activities and hobbies in the spare time like dance, arts, music, parties...) i still don't want to. i constantly have this feeling (or hope?) that i'm precarious, that things are gonna change soon, but i've had this feeling for the last 3 years and i'm still here. travelling (i mean extensively) still is my dream, as i haven't gone as deep as i'd have liked.

look, it always takes a long trip before u get where u like.

good luck

7. Posted by vampyren (Budding Member 39 posts) 11y

Sorry for the silence...... All hectic getting up north, moving in, finding things and dealing with the famous beaurocracy! Then rushing back to work.
What I can say is that moving in and taking possesion of your own home after all this time is wonderful. But you have to know one thing. I chose very carefully who my first visitor was. A truly beautiful friend, and I mean beautiful inside and out, came a very long way to be my first visitor. That in itself is a lovely comliment. Having not owned my own house before (not alone anyway), I hadn't really thought of this but I can advise anyone in the same position, choose someone very special to be your first visitor and fill your home with love! The effect is tangible! Its like the house has been blessed with that love. Its a wonderful way to start life in a new home. I can't describe the effect. Just beautiful. That's one thing I didn't learn on the road but maybe my life on the road "enabled" me to think of it? I dunno. But I'm a very happy wanderer! Happy New Year all!

8. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 11y

Anyone is welcome to my house. The door is always open to people who have are happy and smiling and have a bottle of wine/beer in their hands.

I know that sounds cheesy, but it's pretty much the truth.

9. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 11y

Quoting james

Anyone is welcome to my house. The door is always open to people who have are happy and smiling and have a bottle of wine/beer in their hands.

I know that sounds cheesy, but it's pretty much the truth.

So - dinner at 8, then? ;)

Congratulations, Jon! You sound like a right sound person, as a friend of mine would say. You've led a life many of us only dream of. May your home always be filled with lots of love - and good food!

10. Posted by SeeTheSky (Respected Member 558 posts) 11y

yea man, thats a beautiful thing. i know exactly what you mean, and it really just makes you feel like words wouldn't do it justice... so just take care buddy