30 Jul I Have No Travel Plans and that Freaks Me Out

A travel blogger with no travel plans. WHAT?!

I’m in the freak out stage. The stage that comes after a big trip.

The beginning of this year was a whirlwind- in February I visited Australia for a month then hopped straight on a plane to do a Paddywagon Tour of Ireland. After that I was invited on a trip with Explore Montenegro, followed by a blog trip to Poland with the Polish Tourism Board. Only a few weeks after I returned from that one, I was floating in a hot air balloon over Orlando, Florida. Then I hopped straight on a plane to Vegas to begin my epic trip around the USA.

After 2 months traveling around the United States, visiting Las Vegas, Portland, Denver, Chicago, Memphis, Atlanta, New Orleans and Austin, I’m back on home turf. It’s only natural that I should feel a bit deflated. If it weren’t for the 3 month visa rule for the USA and the olympics preventing me from changing my flight, I would totally have stayed longer. I’ve said before I could live in New York. Heck I could even do Vegas (shameless plug: any U.S company want to sponsor me to work?!)

I do actually have travel plans for the near future…I’m off to Belgium on Friday with Visit Flanders. I’m heading to Lokerse Feesten, Bruges and Ghent, then I’m making my way to Spa.

However on August 17th I’m back on a flight to Manchester, and from then on, I have no travel plans. That makes me feel uneasy. I travel all over the world constantly, but when I arrive back in Manchester, I become that girl that lives with her mother again. 

Since I’m out of the country most of the time, it just doesn’t make financial sense to rent an apartment, but when you spend your life with so much freedom, it’s pretty scary to be back in your parents’ house.

Being caught in that gap where you’re wondering what your next move is going to be, is always a little bit stressful.

We travel bloggers tend to fill up our calendars months in advance. If you ask a travel blogger what their travel plans are, they’re likely to respond with “well I’m on a blog trip to X country in August, then I’m speaking at this conference in September…” and so on and so forth.

When you keep moving, you don’t have to stop and think. You don’t have to wonder what you would do if you weren’t traveling. You’re constantly being stimulated with new sights, sounds, smells, conversations…and that’s what can make travel so bloody addictive.

But there are so many things we as travel bloggers sacrifice in return. Financial security, our own personal space, putting down roots, relationships, being able to hang out with a group of friends…even having a ‘local’ coffee shop. Normal stuff.

If you want to really focus on business, you have to stick around somewhere. I may be able to work from anywhere in the world, but working online is still a job, and it requires a lot of time and input. When I’m moving around, my websites can get neglected.

I love to travel so much. But it’s so easy to get into a cycle of finishing a trip, freaking out, then planning another one. Being a travel blogger, sometimes just when I think I have no plans, a nice little surprise drops in my email inbox and I find myself being invited somewhere awesome.

Travel doesn’t have to mean moving around all the time though. To me, travelling is just being in another country that isn’t my own- even if I rent an apartment and live in that country for a few months or years. I lived in Bali for a year, and I lived in Portugal for 7 months- it still felt like travelling. So the question is, where to call home for a while. 

Perhaps I’ll pick a place. Perhaps another email will drop into my inbox that will change the course of the year. Watch this space.

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Victoria Brewood

Hi I'm Victoria, a British girl from Manchester. After graduating from university I decided there was more to life than the hours between 9 and 5, so I packed my journalism degree into my suitcase to travel the world and find a way to make money at the same time. I now call London home, although I still travel whenever I can. I hope to inspire you to be your own boss, live life and see the world.

  • Ava Apollo
    Posted at 20:43h, 30 July Reply

    I am moving home in a month to save money before my trip and, while my family’s cool and all, I am REALLY going to miss my freedom!

    • Victoria
      Posted at 17:51h, 02 August Reply

      It’s always difficult settling in when you’ve lived alone or with friends. My Mum loves to invade my personal space! However you do get used to it after a while!

  • Jessica Wray
    Posted at 04:42h, 31 July Reply

    I enjoyed reading this post. Even though I can’t relate to any trips in my inbox (which hopefully will happen someday and would be awesome!) I can relate to the fear of not having travel plans and also the sacrifices we make. I have the next year planned out…but what after that? Do I get a ‘real’ job? Do I move somewhere else? I think a lot of us deal with these issues and.. thank goodness! I am glad I am not alone! 🙂

    • Victoria
      Posted at 17:48h, 02 August Reply

      I’m glad I’m not the only one Jessica!!

  • Monica
    Posted at 11:05h, 01 August Reply

    I feel the same when I have no travel plans. It totally freaks me out and I have nothing concrete to look forward to.But at the same time I hate being ‘booked up’ for months in advance. A few months ago a friend asked when I’d be free for a Saturday night out and after checking my diary I realised my next free weekend was 10 weeks away. I hate not being able to make impulsive decisions!

    If you ever do feel like putting down some roots, move to London. It still feels like travelling for me because you discover something new everyday!

    • Victoria
      Posted at 17:46h, 02 August Reply

      It’s finding the right balance. No plans=scary, too many plans= also scary! I know, shame London is so expensive that’s the main problem!!

  • Emily in Chile
    Posted at 04:17h, 05 August Reply

    I’m not a full-time traveler – I have a “regular” job, an apartment, a dog – but I still get a bit desperate if I don’t have something in the pipeline! Fingers crossed one of those emails pops up for you soon.

  • Gina
    Posted at 17:40h, 13 August Reply

    I also get anxious and even a bit depressed if I don’t have a trip planned for the future. I always want to know there’s something on the horizon that involves exploring a new destination. Good luck figuring out your next steps!

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