I’m a grounded traveller.
I feel like a bird without wings; a car without an engine; a boat without a sail—you get the picture.
I came back from my last trip 7 months ago, after plans didn’t quite work out the way that I hoped. I wrote about how I was struggling with Reverse Culture Shock. In some ways I still am. I still want to talk about my travels to everybody I meet, but they all stopped listening long ago.
The last few months have been some of the hardest I have had to deal with in an 11 year teaching career. Adapting to working life after a year away has been more difficult than I ever imagined it would be. Teaching takes up more hours of my day than any job should do, and I struggle to find any kind of balance between work and leisure. Every day I read travel articles from people who are making a living from travelling and writing, and I wonder how I can do the same.
To make matters worse Runaway Brit has gone from 3 posts a week, to one every two weeks. I worry that all the hard work that went into building this site is slowly unravelling.
I know that even the shortest trip will rejuvenate me, and I will be able to let go of some of the stress that burdens me. Next week when I get on a plane for a short trip to Romania, I know that I will feel alive again, but until then I am just clinging on.
In order to address my lack of travel I have decided that while I am here in Stockholm I should aim to go away for one weekend every month, or at least every two months. It doesn’t have to be far away; there is much of Sweden that I want to visit and I also have a list of European cities that have been on my list for far too long: Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Brussels, Prague, and Rome for starters.
Exploring Stockholm is also a priority for me. Stockholm is a beautiful city that doesn’t appear on many travel itineraries, but is certainly worth a visit. I hope that I can use Runaway Brit to convince people that, although not a budget destination, Sweden has plenty to offer any traveller.
I hope to redevelop my site over the coming months to address the various different aspects of what is on offer at Runaway Brit: travel advice, travel stories, expat life, teaching, and to provide more of a forum for my photographs. I want to include a feature about restaurants in the places that I visit, starting with an extensive Stockholm restaurant guide. I will also spend some time improving my photography.
I may be grounded right now, but I have plans to get the wind back in my sails before too long 🙂
What are your strategies for dealing with being grounded? Please share any advice you have!