“So, what trips do you have planned this summer?!”
I cannot count the number of times I’ve heard that question in the past month. Anyone who knows the slightest bit about me has asked this question. And it brings two very different emotions. First, happiness/pride. It tells me that people see me (and Jared) and think, “travel!” Which is exactly what I like. I love that we have taken so many trips in the past year that we have become known for our adventuring. The other emotion is sorrow. We don’t have any trips planned for the summer. No tickets booked. No correspondence with hostels. No scouting out the best places to visit.
We knew it was coming. Jared took a new position at work a month ago, and we knew that this would mean less traveling. He works longer hours now and cannot take as much time off of work. We knew that this would be the case when we moved here a year ago. And that is why we took advantage of the past year and traveled so much. Kyoto, Jeju, Cambodia, Thailand, Niseko, The Philippines, and the US. The US trip almost didn’t happen because of this new job. I’ve told Jared that his job is really holding me back on my traveling lifestyle. However, his job is the only reason we have this lifestyle; so it’s difficult to complain too much.
The problem is that we traveled so much in the past year that I got used to it. Every three months I would get the travel itch, and we would take off. So, instead of traveling being something rare and special, it became our norm. Which is why, I assume, people keep asking where we are going this summer. I have come to expect those trips, and now it is really difficult to answer that question. Travel junkie problems.
There is a slim possibility of a Vietnam vacation, but I’m not too hopeful. Right now, my plans for the summer revolve around dog sitting for my friends, creating photo books that were part of my New Year’s goals, and planning for next school year. Luckily, I have this lovely new neighborhood to explore as well!