Seeking thoughts, insights, and ideas to deal with travel/transition feelings and frustrations.
July 17, 2010 10:13 AM Subscribe
For the last two+ months, and until October, I've been living out of a suitcase as I make a move overseas. There are aspects of this transition that are starting to wear on me and I'm looking for cheap/free ways to cope.
posted by iamkimiam to Travel & Transportation (14 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
Some of the sources of frustration/exhaustion:
- Constant logistics...where am I going next, what do I need to bring, what's the weather like, how will I get back to my things, where will I stay. Planning is becoming a thorn in my side.
- Being in other people's spaces. For 2+ months I've been on people's couches, at restaurants, asking for their internet passwords/coffee/shower, etc. Everybody is great, but I feel like I'm forever chasing a few hours of uninterrupted peace. And when I'm not, it feels like I'm up in people's business, making requests or taking their time (even though I'm not, really). I don't want to seem rude/antisocial to my friends and family, especially considering how my time with them is so limited. Also, since I truly enjoy their company and don't want our time to end, I feel like I'm often torn between staying and saying, "Sorry to cut this short but I need to go and...(lay on the floor and stare at the ceiling for a bit?)"
- Saying goodbye. It's an emotional constant everywhere I go. I'm getting better at it, but I show up somewhere and instinctively brace myself for the eventual hugs and tears.
- My luggage...it's everything I own right now, which is fun and liberating and all, but I long to put things away, to buy (large!) things, and to not have to account for a huge suitcase, a big backpacker's pack and a ginormous purse everywhere I go.
How can I continue to cultivate peace, sanity and a sense of (my) place in the world? What sorts of things can I tell myself to deal with these frustrations? I've pretty much daydreamed the hell out of what my new life will be like, and I need something to bring me back down to earth, or preferably towards some idea of home in my head.