1. Struggling to Get Back Into Traveling - Grounded Traveler
    May 13, 2013 @ 10:42 pm

    […] to feel like we were doing something every day and really pushing too hard. That we were still in vacation style speed, but setting up for a long distance run at that speed. It feels exhausting just looking into the […]

  2. The Time-Crunched Traveler (Ellen)
    May 9, 2013 @ 8:29 am

    Congrats on finishing up at the job. It’s interesting the point you make about filling your life with things like alcohol, video games, etc to escape the stress of work or wanting to eat out instead … that’s really interesting. I had never thought of it that way, but you’re right. So much of that extra “stuff” in our life is really just an attempt to escape work stress or derive some sort of little pleasure out of life for ourselves. I hope you both find the Beyond Vacation project and lifestyle to be much more relaxing and rewarding. Looking forward to following along!

    • Andrew
      May 13, 2013 @ 8:40 am

      I find it an interesting cycle. We have this stuff to forget work and then because all that stuff gets expensive, we need work to pay for it. We need work to help us deal with being at work.
      So far we are realizing that it is going to take more work than we expected to shift mindsets and make real changes. Though it is nice to feel free again.

  3. Jennifer
    May 6, 2013 @ 7:06 am

    For the last four years, I have been location independent and once per year I visit work for about 2 – 3 weeks. I’m on my annual work trip now and this year has been even tougher than in the past. I spend nearly 3 hours each day just commuting to and from work, 10 hours in the office running from meeting to meeting, and then more hours are needed at home in the evening just to stay on top of the day’s emails. It’s exhausting! I can’t wait to get back on the road at the end of this week just to get back into my normal groove.

    • Andrew
      May 7, 2013 @ 12:44 pm

      That commute time sounds completely awful. I can get to nearly Cologne in 3 hours on the train, though can’t even imagine doing daily work up there for weeks. It will be over soon.

  4. Rick
    May 5, 2013 @ 3:03 pm

    Of all the wonderful aspects of your new lifestyle, the change in mindset is the most important–and the most difficult, in my opinion. I have taken several extended “sabbaticals” in the last 6-7 years, and the one thing that strikes me as counter-intuitive is that you actually need MORE structure in your life when you’re not conventionally employed. It’s so easy to procrastinate when a boss or a client isn’t controlling your time. Or in the words of George Bernard Shaw, “Liberty means responsibility. That’s why most men dread it.”

    • Andrew
      May 7, 2013 @ 12:42 pm

      That is a good line. It is totally true given my few weeks of experience. It is hard to get myself into a routine without some form of structure. Going to have to start putting my alarm back on. Also definitely need to make sure I get out of the house more. Home has its own feelings and urges that encourage relaxing, which is great, just not great for work.
      Even still I am happy with this turn of events overall. It comes with its own challenges which is perfectly ok. It also comes with rewards like extended trips to Italy.

  5. Carmel and Shawn
    May 3, 2013 @ 6:29 pm

    I can totally relate. We’re 3 months from our last day at work and I know it’ll be a strange transition to not-vacation-but-not-work mode. This is why we gave ourselves 5 weeks between quitting and leaving. I knew I’d need the downtime.

    “We still go out and still buy things occasionally, but it is tempered by the idea of travel.”
    When we first started saving, it felt like such a sacrifice to not do some of the things we wanted to do, like eat out more or go to more concerts. Over time, it’s become so much easier because I think of the payoff.

    Looking forward to seeing what your first days of travel will be like!

    • Andrew
      May 4, 2013 @ 2:23 pm

      5 weeks is a long time. We had 2.5 weeks. It is good, but in ways it feels almost too long. The sense of “wanting to go now” is pretty strong. Partly, I am not very good at relaxing. That is part of the mindset switch that I need to work on. The ability to be ok with doing nothing on a day and not needing to be productive to feel ok.

      • Carmel and Shawn
        May 7, 2013 @ 3:47 pm

        We have to move from Portland to Seattle and we have a mini-road trip and vacation lined up in there, too. I’m sure it won’t feel like much time after all that!

        • Andrew
          May 12, 2013 @ 10:47 pm

          Yeah, when there is plenty of stuff to keep you busy, the time seems to move much faster.

  6. Ali
    May 3, 2013 @ 6:14 pm

    I’m looking forward to a life where we don’t feel the need to escape quite so much. We will always have to make adjustments and find the right balance, but having a different perspective on how we want our lives to look helps.

  7. Lara
    May 3, 2013 @ 10:15 am

    It looks like somebody seems to get closer to nirvana:) I wish I could do the same, I often feel get ins tuck while being an employee in a small hole on the border of the city.

    • Andrew
      May 4, 2013 @ 2:18 pm

      It is about trying to make changes. We will see exactly how effective the changes really are. What is keeping you from getting yourself unstuck?

  8. Jeremy Branham
    May 2, 2013 @ 9:05 pm

    It’s interesting to read about your transition from work to a travel lifestyle. I know exactly how you feel about working, getting tired, and looking forward to that next trip. During times of work and frustration, you indulge yourself in things for downtime. While they are needed escapes, it’s also such a waste. I’m eager to follow your new lifestyle but also interested in your psychological transitions to a non work life.

    • Andrew
      May 4, 2013 @ 2:17 pm

      Thanks. That need for escapes seems to be an indication that something is wrong. There is however somehow a line between needing a change of pace or different scenery and really needing an escape. As you say, the escapes do seem to be a waste. Especially if the escape feeds on itself and creats another system to have to work with.

      • Jeremy Branham
        May 6, 2013 @ 6:18 pm

        Quite simply, the escape is just exhaustion. With work, home, and travel, I just get so tired I don’t want to do anything else. I think it also has to do with being me. As an introvert, I need that downtime every day.

        • Andrew
          May 7, 2013 @ 12:48 pm

          Exhaustion is a problem. I have been fighting it for many years. To get through everything I want to do, there isn’t enough time (or discipline to use that time right) so I sacrifice sleep and/or my alone time. This ends up making the exhaustion worse. I am still not so good at that balance, but getting better to realize that I do need sleep and my own downtime. That this is not wasted time.
          I am an introvert as well. Downtime is something we will need to very explicitly build into this trip. It is part of my worry about the balance of time. We will see. I have a draft about downtime in the blog. Will finish that at some point as well.