5 Reasons to be a Part Time Traveller

I love to travel (as you may have noticed). It might be a day trip somewhere local or a week in some far flung destination.  Either way, there’s nothing quite like the thrill of getting in the car or on the plane and knowing that you are off to explore somewhere new.

As much as I love to travel I, like most people, am not able to succumb to wanderlust on a daily basis. While it seems a dream lifestyle, very few people actually get to live it.  But that shouldn’t stop you from having aspirations and making as much out of your spare time as possible. Here are my Five Reasons to be a Part Time Traveller…

  1. It doesn’t cost as much.  Travel costs money FULL STOP.  There may be plenty of blogs out there telling you how to travel in a foreign country for $25 dollars a day but in reality, most of us are accustomed to a little more luxury than that.  A private bathroom is one thing I would prefer not to give up.  I’m not saying that travel can’t be done on the cheap. Of course it can!  I’m just saying that if I had the choice between 2 weeks somewhere while having to share a bathroom and living off sandwiches or 1 week on holiday with some space to myself and enough money in my pocket to splash out on a nice meal, I know which one I would pick.

    Money can't buy you love....but it can buy you a private toilet!

    Money can’t buy you love….but it can buy you a private toilet!

  2. You don’t have to leave your loved ones.  A couple of years ago, Husband and I decided to try to move to New Zealand.  We were very serious about it, even putting our home on the market.  But this was in the middle of the worst recession Britain had seen in decades and not surprisingly, we didn’t manage to sell our house.  Part of me regrets this as I know we would have made the most of the opportunites that NZ had to offer but the other part of me is glad to still be near my family.  As technologically advanced as we are nowadays with email and Skype, nothing beats the feeling of your Mum enveloping you in a hug when you arrive for Sunday lunch.  My parents are now both in their 60s and I know that my Dad would never had gotten on a plane to visit us in NZ due to health issues.  I would possibly had not seen them for at least two years and while I thought I could have handled that, I realise now how much of a struggle that would have been.  And I would have missed out on our annual Easter Egg painting competition!

    It's supposed to be Nessie, unsurprisingly I didn't win the competition that year!

    It’s supposed to be Nessie, unsurprisingly I didn’t win the competition that year!

  3. You appreciate your home comforts that little bit more.  I like my couch, it’s comfy and it has a me-shaped dip in it that cuddles my bum every time I sit down.  I love exploring new places and meeting new people but there’s nothing nicer that knowing that my bum shaped couch is waiting for me at home.

    Disclaimer - not my actual couch.  You can tell this by the fact that it's neat and doesn't have any books piled up around it like a fort...

    Disclaimer – not my actual couch. You can tell this by the fact that it’s neat and doesn’t have any books piled up around it like a fort…

  4. You don’t need to put everything in storage.  I don’t know about you but I own a lot of stuff. A LOT.  I am a book hoarder and at the last count there were 700+ of these bad boys sharing my space with me and Husband. When I hear about people who have sold off all of their worldly possessions and are travelling with only a back pack, my first thought is ‘The books! Where do they keep their books?’ Weird I know but what can I say?  I’m a knick-knack kind of girl and don’t want to part with my treasures!

    Not unlike the pile of books by my bed that threatens to topple and smother me in my sleep every night....

    Not unlike the pile of books by my bed that threatens to topple and smother me in my sleep every night….

  5. You realise that adventure is on your doorstep.  Yes, I love getting out of the country and exploring places I’ve never been before but this lust for the new makes you forget that there is adventure to have on your very doorstep.  There are places in Scotland that I have yet to explore and they are only a car ride away.  I can’t wait to get swept off my feet!hobbit quote
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