“I am two women: one wants to have all the joy, passion and adventure that life can give me. The other wants to be a slave to routine, to family life, to the things that can be planned and achieved.
I’m a housewife and a wanderer, both of us living in the same body and doing battle with each other.”
― Paulo Coelho, Eleven Minutes
This week I am in the prepping phase for my upcoming trip. In just about a week my husband and I are hopping on a plane and heading to sunny Florida before we board our cruise ship for a fun 8 Day Southern Caribbean adventure.
My prepping always makes me think about my home routines as I plan for leaving them.
This trip is a couple’s trip, we are taking it with a few other couples. Planning for kids is a little easier for us since our youngest is in college. However we do have pets that need to be cared for while we are gone. So this is the week where I double check my lists.
I am a list maker.
I have a packing list.
I have a to-do list.
I have a reminder list for what needs to be done while I am gone.
And I have a list of things that I have to do when I get back.
I absolutely live by lists and I have one for everything from groceries to blogging. I feel like when I make a written list, it helps to keep me on track of what needs to be done in a day. Often my days get a little crazy and these lists are a reminder of what I can do to get back into focus.
My mind is always thinking of my next adventure.
I love to wander, to get lost in the wonder of exploring. Even if I am just exploring my own adorable little town, I love discovering something new and unexplored by me.
So when I am planning for my trips I actually have three questions going through my head.
- Where/what are we going to eat?
- How much will this cost?
- How long will we be gone?
Since my husband and I are pescatarians ( vegetarians mostly but we do eat fish sometimes) we like to preplan where we are going to eat so we aren’t caught in a situation where we don’t have any options for meals or we are stuck with salads and French fries. Yes, that has happened to us before and it’s not fun.
So I love to look ahead on Yelp or Trip Advisor for what food options we will have wherever we are going. I collect a few ideas and when we get to our destination I have choices!
Cost is a big deal in determining a trip. How much do we need to save ahead of time and the total cost including meals, attractions, and travel expenses are all added up.
Knowing how long my trips are help me to figure out things like house watching, plants, animals, even what food needs to be removed from the refrigerator and freezer.
But as much goes into planning, I am always ready to pack and go again when the chance comes.
I still miss being home.
Usually about 4 days into every trip I start missing home a bit. I usually try to call and talk to my dog, Wynter, as much as possible. I take familiar comfort things with me, but I always miss my bed and my big bathtub.
I love my house, my neighbors, and the routine of being home. I love cooking in my kitchen and catching up on work in my office.
But I am a wanderer, it’s in my blood. If my dog and the comforts of home could travel with me, I’d never come back I think.
What about you? Are you happier at home or on the road?