It has been two years since my first big adventure and in those two years I have been working in San Francisco. I have been saving lots of money living at home all the while rediscovering this city that always has something new to offer. However, things don’t feel quite right and in the back of my mind I have a deep wanderlust to go back to Europe one way or another. Then I read Robyn Crispe’s article on the Matador Network titled “What Happens When We’re Not Traveling?” and my thoughts of going somewhere new have been pushed to the forefront of my mind.
I have most of the same feelings expressed in this article. I enjoy my job because I am working in a field that I want to pursue – book publishing – and this blog has given me the opportunity to pursue my new passion of a travel writing career. Yet I can only write my stories from my first trip or take short jaunts to Southern California for so long. I want another long trip. So many possibilities are racing through my head from working abroad again and teaching English or volunteering to applying for a masters in publishing or creative writing in a foreign country. I just have a feeling that I am going to make a big decision this year somewhere along these lines.
For now, I know that I want to use my vacation time from work and go somewhere new for a week or two to smaller towns in France and Italy or somewhere completely different with a friend or just by my self. I am not sure of the specifics yet and will figure it out within the month but I need to recharge my batteries. Maybe this will be enough or maybe I will realize that I am getting to the point where I need a change and I know that I should make that change soon while I’m young enough to do it.
What do you do when you’re not traveling? How do you think I should feed my wanderlust?