Freedom is sometimes a funny thing. In our former traditional lifestyle, decisions were fairly easy to make. I worked a set number of hours each week, Tigger was in school, I had X amount of vacation time, etc. When trying to make decisions about trips, it often came down to (a) sufficient time and (b) sufficient money. Simple, no?
Now we have tremendous freedom. We could easily change countries tomorrow or be on another continent. We are still limited by a need to have sufficient funds, but once you’re out of the Americas, it’s super easy to find cheap flights or train rides to other places. Doing a search shows me that if I wanted to buy tickets to fly somewhere tomorrow for under $200, I have the following options: Cyprus, Italy, Romania, Belgium, Moldova, Netherlands, Greece, UK, Germany, Sweden, Spain and Poland. Flights to Cyprus, Italy, Belgium, and within Romania are less than $100.
And those are just the direct flights. If I did some maneuvering, I could add some more locations, including Africa.
We can also take the rather comfortable train to at least 5 other countries for under that amount.
Go ahead. Make a decision.
This has been one of my favorite conundrums during our travels. It’s admittedly a wonderful “problem” to have. Having this kind of freedom is really kind of priceless. I can’t imagine going back to a “normal” life after this.
But sometimes having so many choices can lead to decision paralysis.
You probably have had similar experiences. You know how when you go to a restaurant and at least half of the 10-page menu appeals to you. You make a decision, but by the time server appears you’ve already changed your mind 15 times. You might even change it again before they leave the table.
That’s just for a meal. Imagine if that’s your whole life!
I love the freedom of not having a bunch of stuff. I can gather all my belongings within minutes and be out the door on a new adventure. I love it!
It’s a good thing I’m not a major planner, though. I think I would go absolutely nuts with so many options. We generally handle things quite spontaneously. While decision paralysis can still creep in, I’m sure it reduces its effects somewhat by not being a major planner. When I succumbed to the AirAsia sales and ended up having flights planned for the next 6 months, I actually felt physically ill.
Our current conundrum is whether to remain in Brasov or go to a new city/town. Our current place is paid through the 15th. We’re definitely dealing with decision paralysis, though. We both are interested in staying in this town longer, but we’re also interested in checking out another city as a candidate for our base.
Although, we also discovered that once we got out of Asia our need for a base seemed to diminish rapidly. Apparently, we were, as a friend put it so eloquently, just “over Asia.” So we’re no longer in a rush to find a base, though it’s something we’re still interested in. For one thing, it’s nice to be able to take trips with just a carry-on.
Sometimes it’s also a special feeling to come home. The last couple of days we’ve gone on a couple of day trips. By the end of the 2nd trip, I was so happy to see our mountain appear as the train approached the city. Getting off the bus and walking through our medieval neighborhood back to our apartment was a great feeling.
But, I have a limited time to make a decision. I either need to find another place for us to live here in Brasov or plan on heading to the next city.
As frustrating as it can be sometimes, I’ll still take this freedom over anything else. When this is the biggest “problem” in my life, I have it pretty darn good.
Do you ever suffer from decision paralysis? How do you get around it?