5 Things I Think About When Not Traveling

A whole month of not blogging makes a girl wonder to herself “Should I still continue?” or “Should I take a break permanently?” The reason for the disappearance lies in my work schedule which got busy and slightly crazy this past few weeks. Whoever said that balancing work and play is easy, well I’d sure love to pick up a few tips from them!

There’s an upside to this though that when you’re traveling, you’re thinking about the work you left behind. When you’re working, all you think about is the next escape to somewhere new, without a care in the world.

The second one definitely resonates with my current feeling and I can’t wait to travel again as it means I get to escape from this routine for an adventure. I’m sure you would agree with me that we all have the same thoughts which motivates us to work harder and be patient.

1. Counting the Public Holidays.

Cambodia and Malaysia has plenty of public holidays every year for the wanderlust at heart. However I should say that here in the Kingdom, the public holidays are more generous as most of it take place for 3-days. For example, there’s the Kings birthday, Pchum Benh, Water Festival and Khmer New Year which is celebrated for 3 days in a row. Unfortunately since June, there is no public holiday until October comes. Planning around the Public Holidays allows us to save up and maximize our annual leaves for traveling.

2. Pinning photos of countries for inspiration. 

Websites such as Trover and Pinterest has so many inspiration boards to keep our wanderlust spirit going. I like to keep mine separated to “Want To Go” or “Things to do in the city” topics so that I could refer to it when the time comes. I wouldn’t be able to visit all of these places at one time but at the very least, I know that it is possible to do so.

3. Reading on latest travel destinations.

I’ve been subscribing to Google Alerts lately which allows me to keep up with the news in the travel and blogging hemisphere. If you have a Gmail account, that’s all you need in order to sign up for this service. I’ve chosen key topics such as “travel”, “travel blogging” and “tourism” for any latest updates. Besides that, signing up for newsletter from airline companies as well as travel destination magazines gives me some ideas on planning for the next destination.

4. Listing down places to visit in 2016.

This may sound like a broken record but I can’t help emphasizing how a list helps in maintaining a goal even if it’s a short term one. I don’t usually like to plan for this but since we’re not doing much traveling this year, we’re saving up for a few good ones next year. Go big with the list and aim for realistic ones. Definitely there will be one family trip next year with the rest being individual ones. Would I be doing a solo travel next year? Who knows? It’s been awhile since I’ve done this so maybe it’s a good time to plan for that as well.

5. Keeping the weekends free for local exploration.

Monday for me means planning for Saturday and Sunday. In our line of work, weekends sometimes means finishing up a project in the office or going out for events or for TV commercial productions. And on most of the free weekends we’d go out to explore new restaurants or take photographs of historical buildings. Tourists who visit may find it hard to explore the city beyond 3 days but when you’ve lived here long enough, traveling slow is a good option.

Keeping up with the wanderlust feeling.

Besides the above, I’ve also started a journal where I write about my days here. Although I feel like it’s been a routine week or months, when I read those notes again, I realized that everyday turned out to be different. There will always be something new to learn, to taste, to experience and to see. It’s up to me and you to see the world differently even though we’re stuck in our 9-to-5 job. Do you have the same thoughts as I did? How do you keep your travel bug spirit going despite the working days and months?

About Yafieda Jamil

A Malaysian girl currently working abroad in Phnom Penh city. I love a good road trip, hot cappuccinos, spicy food and staring at old buildings. My mission is to inspire people to see the world differently before we all get any older. Oh and giraffes are the most beautiful creatures on earth.

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