So about three and a half months ago I got back to England after my first ever proper stint travelling, 18 months spent in South-East Asia, Oz, New Zealand and Fiji. It was without a doubt the best time of my life.
This week I started a new job, the first time I have worked properly in the UK since September 2009 when I left my last job to go travelling.
I actually quite enjoy the work I do, but despite this, the very thought of continuing in the routine I am in, leaving for work a 8am, getting home at 5.30pm, spending every day counting down until the weekend and then starting it all over again the next week, crushes my soul!
How do other people cope with this? I suspect most people will cope in the same way as me, that being I am now saving again each month until I have enough money to go away again – that thought is keeping me going!
I know what you mean mate !!!
I also know what you mean. I hate this whole counting down to the weekend thing.
I am coping by thinking ahead / planning my next trip. It gives you something to look forward to rather than being stuck in a never ending rut.
I can totally sympathise as I know exactly how you feel! I live for my next trip and I always have one to plan. I agree it can be soul-destroying counting down the days until the weekend, which always goes too quickly and then it's Monday morning again. Just try to see work as a means to travel: it's your ticket to your next adventure.
Yes, I am planning my next trip, it is keeping me going! South America I think is next on the agenda, but it may have to wait until 2013/14. Still it is something to look forward to and as you all say, start planning towards.
How do other people cope with this?
I used to have a job which allowed me to travel with work, which was good because it both provided a decent income AND fulfilled my travel needs. Plus, because I was travelling alot, I collected a boat load of air miles and am still - 4 years after giving it up - still flying for free.
Eventually that didn't fulfil my needs enough, and I moved to another country.