I love to travel, the fact that it also doubles up as my job is a bonus! Visiting new places and learning about new cultures are things that fascinate me.
I have been lucky enough to visit many wonderful places since I started travelling in late 2012, and I wouldn’t change any of it for the world.
However, there is one area of travelling that I struggle with, that of constantly being on the move.
I am a creature of habit. I thrive when I have a routine that I get into. This is especially true when it comes to working. When I don’t know what I’m doing from one day to the next, it can be difficult to find time to work or exercise.
Travelling has a way of sucking up your time, so you need to fit a lot into a short space of time.
This wasn’t much of an issue when I was younger, the thrill of the adventure usurped the need for a routine. However, the older I get, the more I realise the value of having a solid routine.
The benefits of having one outweigh not having one in most cases. Travelling is a disruption to your normal patterns. Some days can be spent driving for miles, while others are spent not doing much at all.
As someone that is self-employed, a routine is vital to ensure that I am getting the most out of myself when its time to work.
Travelling full-time, even as a travel blogger, just gets in the way of this.
Creature of Habit
A routine is something I always find myself slipping into whether I intend to or not. I believe this is sub-conscious. I want to have a routine, so I develop one without even thinking about it most of the time.
Obviously, when I am travelling this becomes difficult. Unless you are spending large amounts of time in one place, developing a routine is nigh on impossible.
The past few days I have spent in Malaga, this allowed me to develop a routine for a few days. However, when I left for Córdoba, this routine went out of the window.
While this is not an issue in the short-term, the longer it goes on, the harder I find it is to continue. The majority of my travel in the past has been long-term travel where I have stayed in cities for long periods at a time, working or visiting.
Going from this to a fast-paced trip is difficult to cope with. I find I have no rhythm most of the time, and I find myself getting more anxious too. Moving around at a fast pace means more things to keep track of and more things to book.
As someone that has experienced mental health problems in the past, travelling at a fast pace becomes an issue. Especially when having a solid routine is a good way of anchoring yourself and not letting your thoughts get the better of you.
It may sound like I am being entitled, to a certain extent I guess I am. Nonetheless, the point remains travelling at a fast pace is at the expense of a routine, and if you value having one, that becomes an issue.
I often feel that the word routine has a lot of negative connotations for people. Maybe they associate the word with waking up and going to a job they detest. In many ways, I can understand this because you become a slave to your routine, instead of the master of it.
When you develop a routine that works for you, it is empowering. It provides you with a platform to perform at your best and get the most out of yourself. It is to your benefit, not your detriment.
I have realised this more than ever after going on this trip. I didn’t realise how much I valued having a routine until I no longer had one. Living on an ad-hoc basis is nice for a little while, but trying to be the best version of yourself consistently in this scenario is virtually impossible.
One particular area I have noticed a decline is in regards to sleep. Getting a good night’s sleep is difficult when you are sharing a room with other people. This is one of the trade-offs you have to make when you are travelling.
When I was younger this wasn’t much of an issue, but as I get older it is becoming one. I no longer want to sacrifice something which is beneficial to me. It has led me to re-evaluate how I live my life and how I want to travel in the future.
A routine is becoming ever more important, especially as I am now self-employed. I have more responsibility to myself to ensure that I am working as hard as I can.
Otherwise, I could end up doing a job that I don’t like again!