Warning: Travel May Cause Addiction- I’m Off Again

[box type=”alert”]Warning- Travel is Dangerously Good For Your Health and May Cause Addiction. Side effects include extreme happiness, too much fun and possibly laughter lines. Withdrawal symptoms from travel may include restlessness, boredom and itchy feet.[/box]

Yes that’s the warning that should come with a plane ticket.

Hello fellow Travel Addicts Anonymous members. You know who you are…

Seriously if you’re about to embark on your first backpacking trip, you have been warned…travel can cause addiction.

I fortunately found a way to fund my travel addiction by working online, meaning I can go anywhere at any time. I do, however, still have to do work…lots of it. Like other addictions, you can’t let them interfere with other stuff. These days I balance my work and travel by staying put for periods of time to get work done, followed by more backpacking.

I’m feeding my travel addiction again- this summer you can find me somewhere in Europe. Yesterday I arrived in Ios, Greece. I’ll be having the ‘summer holiday’ part of my trip in Ios and Mykonos i.e. i’ll be trying to get as tanned as possible and partying it up in town. I came to to the islands in 2010 and had a blast.

After that I have a provisional flight to Rome in July because it was the cheapest flight off the Greek islands (30 euros with Easyjet) and I can catch a flight to anywhere I want to go in Europe from there. I’ve been to Rome, not a massive fan, but I may change my mind.  Not much planned from then on, possibly Croatia and onwards and upwards through Europe…I’m not much of a planner when it comes to backpacking trips. Sometimes I want to travel slow, sometimes I want to move quickly and sometimes I meet some cool people and they invite me to go somewhere I hadn’t even thought about. I should be attending TBU in Innsbruck though if all goes to plan. Another thing on my list of to-do’s is Oktoberfest, which I’ll be doing this year.

Stay tuned for what’s coming in September and October…I plan to be going much further afield.

I’m travelling as a ‘solo female’, which is usually the case with me. I’m not really into the term ‘solo female travel’- for me it conjures up images of lonely women going out into the big bad world. How come there isn’t a term ‘solo male travel’?! I like travelling alone but I don’t necessarily ‘choose’ to be a solo female traveller…I happen to be female, I like backpacking and make my money on the internet, whilst my friends have jobs and stay put. If I waited around for them to come backpacking with me I’d be waiting a very long time.

Victoria Brewood
victoria@pommietravels.com

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.

8 Comments
  • Rhonda Swan
    Posted at 06:21h, 17 June Reply

    Enjoy your summer! You are such a rockstar, we love having you part of our family. Maybe Pommie Travels and the Unstoppable Family will meet again next year!!

    XOXO

  • Leif aka The Runaway Guide
    Posted at 15:59h, 17 June Reply

    Keep on keepin on. I hope I can do what you do someday and leave my hobo ways behind.
    Safe travels,
    Leif

  • Nicole
    Posted at 14:38h, 18 June Reply

    Oh how I want to do what you are doing!!!! I’m hoping to go somewhere in March of next year– either New Zealand, Greece, OR Berlin to Krakow. Any advice on going to any of those places?

    You are aweomse for doing as much traveling as you are doing. I hope to be able to do that someday and maybe get paid for it! 🙂

    • victoria
      Posted at 00:26h, 11 September Reply

      Nicole in March Greece will be getting warmer but the islands will still be very quiet! I do love the Greek Islands though- particularly the Cyclades (mykonos, ios, santorini, paros). New Zealand should still be mild but it starts to get a bit colder because it’s heading into their Autumn. I’ve only been to the North Island but the scenery is beautiful and South Island has all the adventure sports. Still haven’t done Berlin to Krakow-I’m heading to Berlin and Munich this month!

  • Anthony
    Posted at 08:12h, 19 June Reply

    Awesome stuff! Have fun Vic!

    From a “male solo traveller” haha 🙂

  • Monica
    Posted at 03:43h, 30 June Reply

    Sounds like you have an amazing summer planned. I’m currently suffering from post-travel blues and thinking up a million different ways to get on the road again!

    I also work online, do you always find it easy enough to find internet connection and somewhere quiet enough to get your work done?

    • victoria
      Posted at 13:28h, 30 June Reply

      Combining travel and work is difficult…I don’t always find cheap hostels or apartments with good WiFi, then there’s the problem of balancing play time with work time. I think being semi-nomadic has to be the way forward if you want to sustain it.

  • Gav
    Posted at 04:16h, 18 June Reply

    Agreed – for years i would save up and spend all my money on a big trip. But then i got to thinking that it’s not “sustainable” – eg it was a cycle that i would always end up broke and back at zero. so i luckily got into an environmental company working on oil rigs, and now i work month on 2 weeks off. it’s a pretty good balance 😀 My travel addiction will never be gone, but i think we all evolve to a point of finding a way to support it and have a “semi” normal life too

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