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May 06 2013

It’s Different Second Time Around

travelling, second time around

If you’ve been reading my posts, you will know that I am on the move again almost 5 years to the day when I first headed off on my big adventure round the world.  I still can’t believe that it was 5 years ago this month.

When I did it the first time I knew it would be easier to do the same thing again because that’s generally how it works; once you’ve done something once, you learn a lot from the experience in terms of what and how to do or not do things.  That’s certainly true but it’s different this time.

So what’s different?

  • Five years ago, I went travelling because I had always wanted to do it but never had.  It was an unfulfilled dream.  This time it’s about creating a sustainable location-independent lifestyle rather than just being an adventure for a set period of time.

  • I had a set route and a set time to travel.  This time, rather than having a RTW ticket, I will have a one-way ticket with no set route.  It will be up to me to decide where and when I will go after that.

  • I will have a base in France and London this time.  This gives me more stability than before as I just kept moving from one place to the next.  Although I will be travelling around, I will be able to spend more time in places and get to achieve some of my outstanding goals, one of which is being able to converse well in another language.

  • Five years ago, I put all my stuff into storage but this time I’m not doing that; everything is going, apart from some books, paperwork and a few personal possessions.

Is it easy?

In a word… no!

  • I am amazed at how difficult it has been to make the decision to go.  Having gotten used to my creature comforts again, staying in one place, and getting into a routine, the decision to move was a lot more difficult than I thought it would be.

  • Heading off into the unknown, even though it’s what I want to do, is a scary thought.  I am well-used to living outside of my comfort zone but that doesn’t make it any easier.

  • One thing I have learnt from my previous experience is that you should live your life rather than just accept things the way they are and work towards attaining your dreams and goals rather than just thinking about them.  Yet again, I have done a lot of thinking, procrastinating, and dreaming (all of which I am a pro at) but none of it is helpful if you don’t take any action. 

  • I have no idea what will happen and how things will pan out but if I don’t try, I will always wonder about it.  It’ll be like the ‘what if’ syndrome, you know… What would have happened if I had just headed off with a one-way ticket?  There’s only one way to find out and that’s what I am just about to do… scary, yes, but something I feel I have to do now.

Have your say

Have you done something similar or are you thinking of going travelling or living in a different country?  I’d love to hear about your experience.  Please leave a comment below 🙂

About the author

Teresa Keane

Teresa has been to almost 60 countries. She started travelling independently at the age of 38 when she gave up her job, rented out her house, put her possessions in storage and spent a year travelling the world. It changed her life. She now creates, publishes, & promotes online travel content and is an experienced freelance trainer & EFL teacher.

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