Its ok to do nothing sometimes…
One of the things about travelling full time that took me a while to get used to was the fact that the van is my home. For several weeks after we set off, I felt like I was on holiday and I was aware of a pressure (from myself?) to visit everything, go to all the ‘must see’ places and not miss out on anything. What this meant in practice was that we raced around Europe, trying to fit in Budapest, Prague, Wurzburg, Provence, Garda and Venice (we never did make it to Venice) and after a few months we ended up completely exhausted.
Added to this rushing around, whenever we were somewhere new I thought I ought to be out there, sightseeing or exploring. I felt guilty if I didn’t want to go out. Seeing the sights every day is all very well on a two-week holiday, but when it’s your life, for a year, then rather than being stimulating it can be draining. We all need some time to step back and recharge, to absorb what we’ve seen and experienced (admittedly some people, myself included, need more of this than others).
Imagine if every day at home, you felt you had to go out exploring. There would be no chill out days, no vegging on the sofa under a duvet, no relaxing for hours with a good book, no time even to clean the loo. Sometimes we all need a day or two just being ‘at home’ and that’s no different when you live in a van and travel.
Right now, Chris and the kids have gone to explore the sand dunes, I felt like I ‘should’ go too, but I’m tired and just needed to be ‘at home’. So here I am, in the van, in the desert and I’m still in my PJs, mucking about on Facebook….and that’s okay, I’m just being at home. It’s okay to do nothing. Just because you are in a new place doesn’t mean you have to be ‘in’ it all the time. Having the freedom to travel should mean just that – freedom. If you want to go out and explore then go out and explore, if you want to chill out and do nothing, then chill out. If you feel you ‘must do this, must see that’ then it becomes a duty, and that’s not freedom at all.