The Travel Blogger With No Travel Plans
Guys, something spectacular has happened. For the first time in perhaps my whole adult life, I don’t have any travel plans whatsoever. As I sit here leafing through my diary, there isn’t a single flight, road trip or overnight stay marked out in the pages, and my countdown app is looking very empty indeed. I’m not furiously reading travel guides or scrolling through Instagram for inspo, and I haven’t got even the teeniest amount of wanderlust coursing through my veins. I’ll admit, it feels really, really weird. As an absolute travel obsessive, I can’t remember the last time I didn’t have a holiday planned. I’m known amongst my friends and family for always having a trip lined up, and you all know that writing about my holidays here on the blog is one of my all time favourite hobbies. I spend my lunch hours searching SkyScanner, and I’m evangelical about allocating every single spare day of annual leave to a trip.
And yet, somehow, I’ve found myself in this strange position, a travel blogger without any travel plans. And perhaps even more unusual still, a travel blogger who has no desire to make any travel plans right now. I haven’t completely lost my love for travel, and I still have a destination bucket list as long as both arms. But right now? I’m happy to stay at home.
I don’t really know what’s brought it on. Perhaps it’s because we’ve been thoroughly spoilt with some amazing trips this year and I’m feeling like I’ve more than had my fill. Maybe it’s the fact that there are other more pressing things to spend our spare income on, like a dining table and a much needed top up of the rainy day fund following our kitchen renovations. But mostly, I think that it’s because home is where I’m happiest at the moment.
I’m craving routine and time in our own little nest over exotic adventures and exploration. I have fallen head over heels in love with the place where we live all over again recently, and I want to really put some time into my little Leeds romance rather than flitting off to new destinations at every opportunity. And more than all of that, I want to have the time and the energy to really enjoy all of the things I’m so lucky to have in my life right here at home.
Nobody really talks about how exhausting it can be to travel regularly. We share the glamorous photos on Instagram, and write thousands of words about the discoveries we’ve made in far flung destinations. But we don’t really talk about how stressful work can be in the run up to taking a break, or how being away from home so regularly can really start to take its toll.
I’m guilty of that too - I show the highlights reel and the awesome parts of travel both here and on my social media feeds. And there are so many awesome parts to share - being able to travel so regularly over the past few years has been one of the greatest privileges of my life.
But for now, I need to hit reset. I need to be able to unpack my suitcase after a weekend away and know that I won’t be digging it out from under the bed again the following week. I need to find my own groove and routine again, and I need to free up some time to allow me to be spontaneous and free once a while. Who knows - maybe in a couple of months time I’ll be itching to get away again, but for now, I just want to enjoy every ounce of free time I have at home.
Some of you might be wondering what this will mean for the blog. I know that so many of you are here because you love reading about my travels, and if that’s you, then don’t worry! I still have tonnes of travel content from earlier trips to share with you over the coming weeks and months.
And I’m hoping that with a little bit less time spent away, there’ll be some more variety in my content. I want to create some interiors posts (having our kitchen done has made me fall in love with our house all over again!), and I’m sure I’ll be sharing lots of cosy, home-based content that I hope you’ll all enjoy. Plus, I’ll be sharing all of the stuff I’m loving right here in Leeds, something I really haven’t had the time to do recently. So, while I won’t be digging my passport out for a little while, I hope you’ll all stick around.
I’d love to hear if any of you have felt the same way as I’m feeling at the moment. I think lots of travel plus a busy work schedule has resulted in a bit of burnout, and I’m really hoping that with some much needed time at home, I’ll be back to my usual wanderlusting ways in the new year…