I just missed another friends wedding. A friend I
have known since the age of 10. She sent me the invite months
Absolutely no pressure if youre not, but do you
think youll be in Australia in June? We have booked the date and I
would love you to be there.
When she asked, I didnt even know where I was
spending the next two weeks, let alone what country I would be in
six months from now. So I had no choice but to decline.
This is a pretty regular occurrence when you are
often jumping from one country to the next. Weddings, birthdays,
baby showers. But as I dive shipwrecks in Egypt and hike mountains
in New Zealand, I look around and, Ill be honest, I am not thinking
of Kellies 25th that I clicked cant attend on
the Facebook invite.
Sometimes though, constantly being on the road can be
a bit of a lonely existence.
Dont get me wrong. I have made friends all over the
world. There are many people whom I spent just a few days with in
some foreign country that I still consider close friends today
thanks to that wonderful thing called the internet coupled with the
relative ease of international travel when you come from a country
of first-world privilege.
But when you are not there for event after event,
there is only so much that Skype and Facebook messages can do. The
distance and time definitely taking a toll on the strong bond you
once shared with travel friends and high school friends alike.
Romantic relationships are difficult for the
same reason. When youre doing long distance, eventually, all that
chemistry is forgotten. I speak from experience. And when you dont
know your own future plans, how do you add another persons into the
mix? You meet someone you like. You end up dating. You stay long
enough to build a routine a life with the person. Then you get
restless. Your feet begin to again tingle with that familiar travel
itch. So you eventually tell them it is goodbye. Because you choose
travel every single time.
While your friends from your hometown progress in
their career and save for houses, you work three-month contracts
until youve saved enough for your next plane ticket. The idea of me
ever owning a home is currently laughable. Sometimes, I find myself
tempted by cute trinkets but then reality kicks in. Where am I
going to put a lamp?
These things can get to a person sometimes. As I
prepare to a...