Is Full Time Travel Actually Sustainable Long Term?

Is Full Time Travel Actually Sustainable Long Term? by Rosie Andre

I have been travelling full time since December 2022. It's been 18 months and let me tell you, it's been the best 18 months of my life.

But with that being said, I sometimes ask myself the question "Is Full Time Travel Actually Sustainable Long Term?"

When we started, we thought we would do 6 months. We didn't know if we would actually like this lifestyle, or if we would soon get bored, or homesick or just want to settle down again and stay in one place.

But as the days turned into weeks, which turned into months which is now turning into years, we bloody love it. And I would not go back to our life in France, working 9-5 jobs, living for the weekend.

But, that doesn't mean that it's sustainable long term. Especially not for everyone.

There are different ways to travel.

You can do a 2 week vacation where you stay in a hotel resort and relax by the pool. You could do a 1 month trip and zip around a country to see the top things. You can spend 6 months backpacking around 2 or 3 countries and living life as a tourist. Or you can do what we are doing which is basically living life abroad.

We aren't tourists, we are living our life, in different places.

And I think there is a big difference.

When we started, we wanted to be out everyday, seeing everything that each place has to offer. Seeing all the temples, buildings, restaurants, sculptures, parks, beaches, mountains, wildlife, nature, museums, cafes etc.

But as we continued to travel, we realised that we had to slow down.

This speed of travel was sustainable for a month or 2, but then it just got too tiring.

So we slowed down and found our way with it all.

For me personally, living like a tourist is not sustainable long term. You need a day off to snooze in bed and watch Netflix. You need time to read, relax, do yoga, call family & friends. You can't be ON all the time.

So when you switch your mindset to "I am living my life abroad" it changes the way you see your travel.

We spent 4.5 months in Mexico and we would change location every week. Apart from 2 weeks in Oaxaca, 2 weeks in Puerto Vallarta and 4 weeks in Mexico City (but in Mexico City, I flew home for 10 days so I wasn't still even then). The other 3.5 months, we would change location every single week. New Airbnb or hotel, new city, new attractions, new museums & buildings & sculptures & history & culture & foods & people & so on.

And I love this pace of travelling.

A week is long enough to unpack, do some clothes washing, feel somewhat settled, explore the city without doing 3 full days of sightseeing. You can break it up into 6 half days for example. But also I am more than happy to skip things. To not see every single thing. I would rather feel rested than exhausted and rushed.

But also, when you spend a week somewhere, you can see all the activities on each day or evening without missing a certain thing. For example if there is a market on a Sunday morning, or a light show on a Tuesday evening. When you stay a week, you can see all the things.

But now we are in Costa Rica and we are visiting 7 places in 4 weeks. Which means we are moving roughly every 4 days.

And it's exhausting!

Oh my goodness. There isn't enough time to unpack. There isn't enough time to feel settled. If we go food shopping, I can't buy certain things as we are only staying 4 nights and I won't be able to eat it all in time before we leave. And we don't like to travel with food, we try to avoid that if possible.

It's just way more tiring.

Especially because in Costa Rica the public transport isn't the best. A travel day could literally take the whole day. Even if you aren't going far. You still need to get up early, get to the bus station 30 mins before it leaves, go from the bus station at the other end to your new place, unpack, find food etc.

So for me, travelling every week is sustainable long term. But travelling every 4 days is not.

It might not seem like a big difference but it really is.

But with saying that, I feel myself wanting to slow down.

After Costa Rica, I am heading home for 12 days, then we are going to Thailand for 2 months and staying in 1 apartment in Bangkok for the whole time.

Oh my gosh, it's going to be lovely.

I have been craving stillness and calm and security for a while now.

And I think it will be so nice to stay in 1 place for more than a week or 2.

So I'm really looking forward to that.

I am looking forward to the stability. To resting. To having more me time and more work time.

And moving forward, I still want to go backpacking. I still want to move every week in a new country. But maybe we do that for 3 months then stay still for 3 months. And break it up a little bit more.

So, let me know in the comments section below if you think you could travel full time long term, or if you would want to stay longer than a week in each place!

Thanks for reading!

Rosie

Is Full Time Travel Actually Sustainable Long Term? by Rosie Andre
Is Full Time Travel Actually Sustainable Long Term? by Rosie Andre
Is Full Time Travel Actually Sustainable Long Term? by Rosie Andre

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