Mid-trip Midnight Thoughts 💭
The more I travel the more I feel like shorter trips are more appreciated than longer trips. I used to think traveling full time would be a dream but now I'm thinking it may be more of a struggle to want to keep going.
Lo mentioned something earlier, the excitement of experiencing something completely new is becoming more rare the more we travel. The place may be new but a big chunk of it is usually similar to somewhere else we have been before. Fu had the complete opposite opinion of us. He sounded like how we used to sound when we started traveling. He is a new traveler so everywhere he goes is still a completely new experience. That is great! That is something that I still want. The excitement of something new is always a fun learning experience. One that can never be redone.
I have become more of a comfort traveler. I judge a place based on how comfortable I feel during the trip. Cleanilness, temperature, friendliness, ease of navigation all goes into what I consider comfortable. How much I enjoy the food will also factor in whether I'd want to revisit.
Ainhi mentioned previously she has become less of a hostel person and prefer staying at private accommodations or hotels more. I didn't feel the same at first. My first reaction was 'what? But you get to meet cool new people from around the world at hostels.' Sure the shower situation isn't always best and sometimes your roommates may not be to most enjoyable but the positive makes up for that. But now I understand. Depending on the type of trip I am planning to be on and where I am, I would then prefer a hostel or a private accommodation. When I go on a "vacation," I want to relax in my own private place. Lounge around like it's my house. When I am on a more active "trip," I wouldn't mind staying at a hostel to meet new people who may want to join on a day adventure. But that also depends on the location. I am accustomed to a certain level of comfort and cleanilness. It's just how I grew up. I will choose to step out of that comfort zone sometimes but I don't have to do it every trip I go on just to feel like I am a "real traveler." It's okay to be a "tourist" and live on the more comfortable side. That doesn't mean I don't still get to experience the new place or culture.
I appreciate where I am from and where I was born more and more with each place I visit. I appreciate everything my family has provided for me. I appreciate the opportunities I get for being born where I was. There is no shame in being thankful for all of that. I'm also thankful that there are fries and fried chicken pretty much everywhere when I need a break from the local cuisine. Indonesia’s McDonald's spicy chicken is something we need back home. 🤤
I know a big part of this writing right now is due to the food poisoning and feeling a bit underwhelmed by the location but I have started to notice these thoughts have started trickling in throughout my past three big trips. Change in likes and dislikes just comes naturally with time and experience. Travel likes and dislikes included.
Well! Now it's time to fly the drone and see what it looks like around here before breakfast. ✌️