Travel Thoughts On Patience and Impulsiveness

After spending six weeks backpacking around Eastern Europe this summer, I returned to North Carolina content, and my wanderlust satisfied. Sure, I felt a bit of post-trip depression, but nothing terrible and I fell back into the reality of my job, my cat, and my life pretty easily.

Well, three months in and the feeling has returned. The urge to travel is back and I am desperately craving the excitement that goes along with experiencing the unknown.

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Please tell me I’m not the only one obsessed with the travel section in bookstores

How does it feel?

I want to move, I want to stare at things in awe, I want to complain about living out a smelly backpack for months on end. I want to feel the wind in my hair as I ride my bike around a small coastal town in Croatia….

I want to say to myself, “what do I want to do today?” rather than “what do I have to do today?”

It seems like the Balkans are calling to my heart everyday. I feel like it is where I was meant to be and when I think about it,  I suddenly sit up taller, my eyes light up and that nervous-excited feeling radiates from my head to my toes.

But instead I’m here, in comfortable and dull Concord, North Carolina waiting patiently, working a steady job and saving, and waiting, and saving some more.

Well, all of this waiting and saving is starting to take its toll, and rather than patient I’ve started to become impulsive.

Very Impulsive.

Like the time I saw roundtrip plane tickets to Dublin for under $600 and then booked it the next day. Yes, I am going to Ireland in April! Why? Well, because I want to.

And then there was the time I found a hotel deal: $100 a night for a fancy hotel in Key West that normally goes for $300. My impulsiveness took over again and now I am going to Key West in December! It’s only a 15 hour drive from Charlotte and I’m almost positive I can talk my boyfriend into making the drive with me, right?

Right!?

I know that these short-term trips will satisfy my wanderlust for the moment, but it has also become clear to me that maybe my spring break and summer vacation time isn’t enough.

For example, I could spend my entire summer traveling in the Balkans (with a stop in Budapest too of course), but I don’t want to. It’s too hot and expensive and I want to go in the spring or fall. But, as we all know, for a teacher that is impossible.

There is so much I want to do and experience and trying to squeeze all of my travel goals in between June and August every year might not be the best way.

I’m not quite sure what my future has in store, but I’m trying to remain patient. My impulsive and upcoming travel plans are providing me some solace and at the very least, something exciting to look forward to.

For now, I think it’s enough.

What do you think? Are you an impulsive traveler, or are you patient? Or both?

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