My impression is that many people back home think that the last five years I have been travelling have just been a never ending holiday.
They think that I am just laying with the pool, with a cocktail and doing absolutely nothing. Maybe feeling a bit irritated as they are back home working in “real” jobs and earning an honest living, something they assume I do not do.
However, the reality of long term travel is not exactly like that. It is very different from a holiday.
For me, I have been working almost all the time while I have been on long term travels. Not always paid, but I have been working, with everything from developing projects to this blog.
Furthermore, many assume that I have a lot of money, being able to travel for such a long time. But things are not like that. I have often stayed for free with local families, or lived in the cheapest accommodation that I could find. Which have not always been comfortable. This for save money. It is far from the accommodations you usually sleep on when you are on a holiday.
I try to live with the same standard as the locals. Which usually do not have so much money to use per month,at least it is like this in most of the countries I have visited. So I use a lot less than I do at home in Norway per month, for live. But the standard of living is far from the same. Therefore, in general, a long term travel do cost much less than it does going on a two weeks holiday. Or being back home in Norway.
That being said, when you travel from country to country, often when you arrive to a new city, you have to use all your time getting the visa for the next location. Standing in line, getting all the papers, wait ect. Then travel to the next location in a 24 hour bus, on a bumpy road.
And the truth is that it can be very exhausting to live like this, and we long-term-travelers need holidays sometimes as well. After a lot of work in Sri Lanka, we left for the Maldives for some days for vacations, and it was really needed! After a lot of work in India, I needed some days in a comfortable hotel, and do the typical touristy things. After a lot of work and responsibility in Bolivia, I needed a vacation in the Caribbean. And this was the most needed vacation I have ever had!
Next week my husband and I are heading for a holiday again, and I have to say, it is very much needed! But still it will not be just a holiday. Now that I have the blog, I need to work, taking photos, and publish post about the place I am going. Though I love doing so, it is still work…
If you are a long-term travelers, do you agree that long-term travel is not a holiday?
Or if are you a travels blogger, do you agree that holidays is also work due to the blog?