The life of a permanent traveller involves plenty of highs and lows. I’m fortunuate I have the attitude that not all days will be great. There have to be some low days. Otherwise how will you know to appreciate the highs? For me it’s just a case of riding them out and waiting for the to pass. Work, exercise, whatever it takes to just keep going.
I’m fine with my own company. Sometimes though, it gets a bit lonely. Most people in a similar position as me will agree you will lose touch some friends once you start living out of a bag. Of course you have opportunities to make new ones. Social media for all its criticisms is also wonderful and keeping in touch with people or at least seeing what they have been doing. I still reserve personal stuff for one to one conversations.
Other times you will miss out on things because you aren’t ‘home’ or in the right location at the right time. I’ve changed a flight from the US to Australia by a day so I could see a Foo Fighters concert with a friend. The last trip home I arrived on the same day their latest tour hit Melbourne. Wasn’t in a position to change it that time. Concerts are fine to miss. Family things can be a bit tougher as people don’t understand why you can’t be home or it’s just not possible regardless of time and budget constraints. My family has been great and very understanding. My mother knows better than to tell me directly so the words, “perhaps don’t leave it three years until the next visit” were said as I was leaving after one visit. It worked and I try to get home more often these days.
The photos on this page were taken at the Plaça d’Europa at the Olympic sports complex in Barcelona, Spain. That day I enjoyed exploring a part of the city I hadn’t seen before. Back in Australia I was missing an old school BMX collectors’ gathering. Think it might have been the fourth year and I had managed to make it to the first three. A good time talking about bikes and life with mates. I decided to hold my own show complete with imaginary bikes and friends…
That was a bit of a low. Of course there was a matching high. Well more than one, as I have managed to be in Los Angeles, California for a couple of similar gatherings. Albeit on a much larger scale. Like the Australian show, they were opportunities to meet people to whom I had bought and sold parts and only dealt with online. Many are now good friends and I catch up with some when our paths cross.
Travel doesn’t necessarily change you. It does make you more aware of what you like and don’t like. Otherwise, it is like normal life. If you aren’t happy with a situation then change it to something better. If you are the type to sit at home and whinge about the world, then you will probably do the same as a permanent traveller. You will just be doing it in more locations and probably find more to complaints.