Why I Don’t Travel the World Full-Time
I’ll be honest. I get envious of full-time travelers. You know the nomads with the NatGeo-worthy Instagrams and the seemingly inexhaustible supply of cash? The ones who seem to have no problem taking the perfect selfie on top of misty mountains? The twentysomethings who never run out of European coasts to haunt or South American trails to backpack? (Okay, I think I just described Instagram Barbie, but you get the idea.)
That being said, I have good reason for not traveling the world full-time. And if this is your first visit to Global Girl Travels, yes you are in the right place, this is indeed a travel blog.
Guam Is a Pretty Rad Place to Live
I moved 6,000 miles to a tropical island that gets more than a million visitors a year.
When I get antsy to travel and I can’t, I simply take a daycation on Guam. It’s a great place to relax, but if I need a little excitement, I hike to a new site or try a new water sport. Six years in and I haven’t discovered all of Guam’s beauty spots.
I put down roots in Guam and that means responsibilities.
I run a business here (and online), but I also try to support the community and my friends. I couldn’t do that if I had a nomadic life. That doesn’t mean I don’t dream of it, but ultimately, having a homebase so close to Asia and tons of remote islands in Micronesia to visit works just fine for me right now.
A friend who travels the world full-time told me he sometimes spends $6,000 a month on accommodations alone.
I’ve traveled enough to know how expensive it can be, especially if you aren’t a backpacker, couch surfer, or hitchhiker. I’m a budget traveler, but even so, I’ve done the math — having a homebase is nearly always cheaper than traveling full-time. Even if you book hostels or budget accommodations through Airbnb, it is rarely less than the cost of renting a cheap apartment long-term. Add to that fluctuating currency values, the rise in transportation costs, health emergencies, etc. and some full-time travelers find themselves running out of money sooner rather than later. I’m certainly not knocking those who can afford it or who just make it work, but I just think they are few and far between.
It’s easy to get sick when you’re exposed to foreign germs, eating unusual food, and not getting enough sleep. Don’t get me started on frigid airplanes! One of the things I like about coming home from vacation is sleeping in my own bed… for as long as I like — no check-out time, no red-eye airport dash, no fixed itinerary to adhere to. I find that sometimes there’s actually more freedom in being home than in traveling.
All of this is not to discourage travel or to say a nomadic life is impossible. I always want to travel more and I find myself endlessly inspired to visit remote places, however, I often take stock of my life and try to frame my negative feelings in a positive light. Though I will always feel a bit wistful when I see a gorgeous travel photo, I’m pretty happy having a home.