I recently read Emma’s wonderful post on why she needs to travel, and I was just nodding along whilst I was reading it. For me travel is a necessity. I know to some people that will sound ridiculous and spoilt but hey, the heart wants what the heart wants! Without travel in my life I feel a bit lost, like there is something lacking in my life. Going on trips – even short weekend trips – keeps me sane. I always come back feeling refreshed and inspired.
However, my feelings towards how I travel have changed over the years. In my twenties, I was all about escaping my life completely, I didn’t want to be tied down to one place and the thought of staying anywhere for any length of time made me anxious. I craved adventure, excitement and spontaneity and the thrill of not knowing where I might end up next. After my epic adventures in Australia, New Zealand and Asia I was on a high and wanted to go on another big trip. Unfortunately life got in the way and I wasn’t able to this and I found myself living in Doncaster for the long term.
This was a big adjustment for me and I was still always dreaming of the next adventure. To help with my itchy feet I started taking lots of smaller trips. I made it my mission to see more of Europe, spending long weekends in cities like Paris and Barcelona combined with longer stays in places such as Dubrovnik and Kefalonia and even the US. While these adventures were being had I was working a full time job and even buying a house which I did not foresee happening when I first moved to Yorkshire.
If you had told me five years ago that I would put down roots anywhere – especially in Doncaster of all places – there is no way I would have believed you. I might have even cried. Previously, I couldn’t commit to a job let alone buying a house. If I am being honest even now I still sometimes wonder how the fuck I ended up staying in Doncaster but sometimes life takes you in unexpected directions!
In the last year or so, something has changed for me. As much as I love jetting off discovering new destinations, I equally love knowing I have a house to come back to and life full of wonderful friends. For the first time I have made a life for myself somewhere and while I am almost one hundred percent certain I will not stay in Doncaster forever, for now it works for me. For now it is a place to call home.
I’m am happier than I have ever been and in the last twelve months I have been making the most of every single annual leave day and bank holiday to make sure I can travel as often as possible and 2018 looks set to be even more full of travel than last year. It’s a nice feeling to know I have managed to strike a balance between my need to go exploring and the desire I have to feel settled somewhere.