So What’s Next?

Got lost somewhere in Vienna, Austria.

You have finally returned home after weeks, months, or years of traveling and it feels great to be in a familiar and comfortable setting again. Home is where the heart is. For most of you, it means settling back into reality and returning to your day jobs, daily routines and responsibilities. For a few others, it means trying to figure out what to do next after you have depleted all your funds, unpacked your bags, eased out of being home sick and exhausted yourself mentally and physically from constantly moving around to different cities. We are probably familiar with all the articles that encourage us to pack our bags and leave (see: Traveling: Do), but what about what happens after the ending credits are up?

There seems to be no transparent instructions that tell you what you should do. Unfortunately, I do not have a brilliant solution as the hard truth is there are no definite paths. However, if you are like me, building a career is a priority and continued travels cannot be sustained without some sort of regular income. After I had some time to adjust from jet lag and reconnect with friends and family again, I began the much dreaded job hunt. I landed several interviews, but also a fair share of rejections that will naturally get anyone discouraged from time to time. I will admit, I became very frustrated and discouraged. In those types of situations, perseverance goes very far. It may have taken some time, but eventually I rejoined the corporate world in a different role.

There have been moments of pessimism where I questioned if all the stress I put myself through worth it? In the end, the answer is always yes. Because the adventures I crave will more than offset the temporary detours I may take towards the norm’s progression of obtaining higher education, purchasing a home, getting married, achieving ‘successful’ status, saving for retirement, etc. Because the experiences that I aim for are what will define a majority of an individual’s lives in the end. Whether these experiences be travel related or not, they will hold more significance than the number of hours spent in the office or the balance in your bank account at the end of the day.

You may be temporarily setback, but things always have a way of working itself out. That is not to say it will come without putting in hard work. In my situation, it meant settling back home and focusing on my career again to get to where I would like to eventually be. Although a long-term trip is not foreseeable in the near future, my vacation time will suffice for now.

Have you recently returned from a trip? Please feel free to leave your comments or feedback below.

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3 responses to “So What’s Next?

  1. Firstly…This site is dope as hell Sandy. *Stands up and slow claps*

    Secondly…”The Norm” or rather the social construct that plagues us all is something I could write about forever…Or rather will write about forever. My “short and sweet” opinion is simply: Different Strokes For Different Folks. I guess it all depends on your living arrangements and capabilities (being realistic). But I really dislike being realistic, I find it boring don’t you think?

    Thirdly…I’ll try not to get too corny here. One of my favourite authors (Wyndham Lewis) said: “I shall have to light a lamp of aggressive voltage in my mind to keep at bay the night” (Tarr). And I guess that’s what vacations are to “ninetofivers” or anyone in the working class. I also wonder if it’s just a “First World” thing. I mean I know people, from different countries, take vacations. I just wonder if it’s perceived as critically abroad as it is here (But this is a complicated question cause everywhere IS different..rambling again!).

    I never really grew up with vacations, so travelling was completely foreign to me until last year. As sad as it is to admit, I can count all my airplane experiences on one hand. But this is probably the main reason why most of my efforts, currently, are aimed at me becoming…how do I say…some sort of…I guess the term is “leaf in the wind”.

    Easier said then done but what is life without dreams.
    And when I read blogs like these it’s encouraging.

    Again the site is dopeness. I will be checking the archived entries too, so you have been forewarned of the possibility of future comments!

    Regards,
    – Dwayne

    • I’m glad to hear that you like what I have so far! And you write so intellectually, you have to rub some of that style off on me.
      I agree – being realistic or normal is a bit boring for me. In North America, work seems to be valued more than leisure time, especially when you compare it to some other countries. And I never really started going on trips until about 2 years ago, so it’s not too late 🙂

      • “I agree – being realistic or normal is a bit boring for me. In North America, work seems to be valued more than leisure time, especially when you compare it to some other countries.”

        Ain’t it the truth…I just finished your “Travelling: Do” post and you kind of touch on what I cherish about travelling. I wrote a comment but it kinda of turned into a short story hah!

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