We took off on this journey on May 22nd this year. It has been a quick and fabulous 6 months. Over this time, I have gotten to learn a few things about myself. I made a quick list, in no particular order, of the 5 things that come to mind.
I take for granted how easy everything is in America.
Getting anything done in America is so easy. For example, I recently wanted to buy an HDMI cord and it took me forever to find a place that sold them. In America it would have been so easy. I would have just drove down the road to a Target/Wal-mart or Best Buy. Another example: I needed to find some good wifi to make a call back home in the Philippines. It took me days to find a place with fast enough wifi to make the Skype call. Pretty much any place would have done in America.
I love long premium travel days, but don’t like to travel frequently.
Frequent travel is exhausting. Premium travel is exhilarating (to me). Sometimes we go through periods of changing locations every few days and this takes a huge drain on me. I prefer getting to a place and staying for at least 5 nights. When I go to that new place, I like flying in first/business. It adds to the overall experience of getting somewhere new and exiting. Plus I arrive well rested.
I like working and miss it.
This is a big one for me that caught me completely by surprise. Before this trip I was super excited to not have a job. I thought it was going to be the best thing ever. I was wrong. I enjoy actively doing something and being able to work my mind every day. I miss other people depending on me for different things. People throughout this trip have been shocked that we quit and think that it is going to be hard for us to get in the mindset to work again when we go back. I couldn’t think that is more wrong. When I get back to the states, I’ll be ready to go back to work.
I really, really enjoy Western breakfast.
Most of the world does not believe in breakfast the way America does. They either don’t really “do” breakfast or eat things that I just don’t want to be eating for breakfast. In the Philippines, for example, when you order a breakfast with eggs it comes with 1 egg… what am I supposed to do with that? When I get back home I will be grateful every time I sit down for a nice hearty breakfast.
I hate haggling.
I could have predicted this one before this trip. In most places in the non-Western world, the price you are given is not the actual price that you should pay. Instead, you must haggle down to a price that is more fair. What’s worse is that you never know if you are somewhere where you are expected to haggle or somewhere where it is considered rude. I like when the price is the price and that’s it.
We still have 6 more months of travel left before we head home. I am excited to find out what else I learn about myself.
Any of these surprise you? What have you you learned about yourself while traveling?