I’m 20 days in on a 90 day tour of Spain. What I’ve I learned so far is that holidays sound like all fun and games until you are actually preparing for a 3 month vacation.
The planning starts months ahead with setting trip alerts and searching for cheap flights. Then comes the research phase. Weeks of Internet searches. Learning about difference locations and picking your primary destinations. Next comes the purchase phase, which also includes more research. You have to select lodging and transportation to suit your needs. This is the longest stage for me. Making sure everything is suitably located to each other is easier said than done. At this point you need the vacation to recover from all the research and you haven’t even gotten to the packing stage yet. For me packing is never an easy task. I have health problems that require forthought. I have to bring all the silly things I can’t find easily abroad.
Finally the day arrives and your journey begins, but the ‘fun’ work never really ends. In Europe you are always walking. I have been walking at least 5 miles a day. If you want to see something you have to get to it. Even eating requires finding a suitable stop at least 3 times a day. If you want to see different cities well then that means an endless shuffle of bags to buses to trains to hotels. The first two weeks everything was a novelty. Then in the 3rd week I started to be aware of how many times I’ve had to pack and unpack my bag and how important it is to stay organized (I forgot my passport in a hotel).
I can see why some people would get tired of long term travel. Spain is a wonderful country and I have enjoyed every minute of my short stay. It is certainly worth any ‘work’ getting to know the Spanish countryside and culture. Spanish people are extremely kind and helpful. I’m curious how I will feel about this journey at the end of my quarter year traveling. Many people enjoy a gap year or become digital nomads perpetually on the move. Its not easy trying to get the most out of your life, but the experiences gained from traveling far outweigh any negatives.
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