The Art of Travel: Bringing Yourself With You
I'm currently reading The Art of Travel - an amazing travel book that philosophically analyzes travel through art.
One of the chapters that struck me was the passage about bringing yourself with you on your travels. When we look at beautiful travel brochures and pictures, it is easy for us to imagine how perfect everything will be if only we were there instead of where we actually are. But we forget one thing:
When you actually get to paradise, it is not an empty perfect vacuum where all your worries are gone. You brought yourself with you to the island. That means that your experience of that perfection will inadvertently be influenced by yourself.
If you're unhappy, you're still going to be unhappy on a beautiful island. If you come with friends or your partner, you might get into fights and get upset at each other. Or you might get food poisoning. And some days, you might not want to get out of bed. You bring your own past and human emotions with you.
As a full-time nomad, those emotions become even stronger. You now don't have the comfort of your own home or friends or routines to hide behind.