Less than two weeks ago I arrived back home, to Egypt, after exactly 175 days, or almost 6 months, on the road, mainly in Indonesia with one month in Thailand. And I have to admit: I got so used to being away from home; I have been changed in so many ways, but mainly from ‘not so sure if travel is the thing for me’ to ‘I 100% want to do this again!’
I know that many people travel for longer times, some have been traveling for years now, so it is not me who is supposed to be saying this, but it is different for me! Here is why…
Most of those who have decided that travel is what they are going to do for the rest of their life, or at least for a long time in the near future, know that they go home to work for a bit, or to visit family, or to even just take a break and then head back abroad to explore more countries, or to continue their life as expats in some country.
For me, I have made that decision that I want to continue traveling for a long time! But here comes the difference, once I came back home, I am not sure when is the next time I will be able to leave, and this is for so many reasons!
For example, I have a bank account that has less than 150 dollars at the moment, as I spent every penny when I was in Indonesia and I just started again from scratch! That wouldn’t have been so hard if I could easily get a well paid job in Egypt, but that doesn’t happen: I am jobless! And the only job I could make some quick money from is working in my parents’ pharmacy in Sharm el Sheikh! (That fast money is still less than 400 US dollars per month, not excluding my expenses!)
Here is a confession I rarely make: half of my previous travels were funded by my family! I held my father to a word he said 7 years ago, before I started studying pharmacy; “Get a bachelor degree in pharmacy, get your certificate and then do whatever you wish and I’ll support you!” And thus, I have been asking him to complete my funds for traveling…
When I went to walk el Camino de Santiago, he paid for my flight tickets back and forth. Same with my last travels to Thailand and Indonesia; I asked him to keep his words and, with calculations, decided that I will only have enough money to spend (including money made from this blog) but I will not be able to afford the air fare and that this is his job now to “support what I want to do.”
But now, I feel like I’m asking for too much! Especially after the Egyptian revolution two years ago, and the state of economy and tourism now, I will be a massive overload on my family if I ask them to partially fund my travels again!
What is confusing me now, besides being confused about what to do, is how I feel! I feel like it is quite easy; and that I am just back home for a few weeks/months and soon I’ll be packing and leaving again! Although the thinking side of my brain knows this is quite hard to accomplish, my feelings refuse to believe it!
Do I have any plans or even half plans for what to do to solve my problem? No, I don’t. Period. If you have any suggestions or ideas you’ll be most welcomed to share them, as I am already itching to travel again, and this website isn’t yet generating enough money to fully support that!
*All photos in this post are from Flickr creative commons