Phew! Where to begin. I imagined that living the nomadic life would include leisurely hours in coffee shops while I wrote my blog posts. Reality check: there is no time!!
While in Georgia I’ve been rushed off my feet every day, eager to explore every corner of the town, city or village we’re in. If not exploring, we’ve been figuring out where to stay or camp, and what the plan is for the next day.
Whoever said traveling was relaxing was definitely on holiday, or retired.
But, rant over, I’ve enjoyed every second of it. Yup, even the camping-4-nights-in-a-row-no-showers-stale-crackers-for-dinner moments.
After working a 9-5 job for two years, it’s taken time to get used to “living in the now”, and understanding what our basic needs for happiness are. I’m probably far from realising fully what this means, but so far I’ve learnt a few simple things that would have passed over my head a few months ago:
1. Be nice to everyone. 99.9% everyone is lovely back. All travellers are looking to make friends.
2. On that note, don’t be scared of the language barrier. Gestures and smiles go a long way.
3. Don’t worry about tomorrow. You WILL find somewhere to sleep, and even if it’s not a plush hotel, it will definitely be an experience.
4. Eat what the locals eat. You might hate the idea of vodka for breakfast (crazy Georgians) but be pleasantly surprised that strawberry jam drizzled over boiled potatoes is actually a fab combo. Or better yet, find out that cake costs £0.20
5. Don’t get too caught up in worries. Pinch yourself every few days. This is it! You’re travelling the world. It’s a fabulous, fabulous place.