Sometimes I feel like I’m a tennis ball, bouncing back and forth across the net when it comes to our travel ideas. There are times when the idea of having a base is really attractive. We’ve been in Romania for almost 3 months and have done some short trips while here. It has been quite lovely to leave the suitcase behind and just carry a messenger bag. But. . .
Well, we aren’t really feeling the whole being rooted thing.
We adore Romania and have enjoyed our apartment, especially during Thanksgiving when I was able to prepare a big meal like we enjoy. However, this being in one spot for an extended time (compared to what we’re used to) has been quite interesting.
I look back to the time when we were ready to leave Asia, and I thought we just really needed a long-term base. And once again, I think we were just really over SE Asia at that point. I can’t totally put my finger on it, and I think it was a bunch of things that led to that feeling. For sure the constant heat was not helping, and it was really tiresome feeling like a walking dollar sign. “Friend! Friend!” Ugh!
One thing we have thoroughly enjoyed in Europe is blending in. Unless we’re wearing shorts while everyone else is in jackets (yes, that happened), no one realizes we’re foreigners until they speak to us. And most items have price tags so I don’t have to wonder which tier of prices I’ve been given.
We’ve been hit hard by “the itch” lately, though.
At first I figured it was just me since Tigger has wanted to slow down our travel quite a bit for a while. While considering our options after January, I asked if he wanted to return here in February or keep traveling. Without skipping a beat, he said “Travel.”
I was kind of surprised by his response but am pleased with it as well.
It’s been nice having a few months to be unpacked, to get to a know an area and the culture, and just have time to chill, but 3 months has been too much of that. We just have too much of the nomadic spirit left in us.
So, after Vienna, we’ll just go back to our usual, except we’ll probably try to stay a bit longer in areas. When we’re feeling like we need a break from moving, we’ll plant ourselves for 1-2 months and move on when we’re ready.
We’ve definitely learned that flexibility is not only extremely nice, but when you’re doing long-term travel it’s really a necessity. Listen to your body and your heart, and go where they lead. Get a base when you need, and move wherever the wind blows when you desire.
What about you? Do you prefer a base or more freedom of movement?