Day 20 of the A to Z Blogging Challenge – Thoughts on Being a Nomad
There is one thing every long-term traveler has: time. It is the commodity – together with memories – that makes us rich, in a non-monetary way. What people on shore, living their super busy lives, grasp for in vain, always wishing they had more, nomads have plenty of. Time is at your fingertips when you travel indefinitely. But, keep in mind that much of what you want to achieve will require a big chunk of that seemingly imperishable time!
Since our sailing adventure is the one freshest in my mind, I am thinking back about what having time meant to us those eight years. Time allowed us to …
…make money along the way. Enough to maintain our basic lifestyle, at least the last few years.
…fix all our boat issues and make repairs ourselves, so we saved money not hiring “professionals”.
…do laundry and dishes by hand, without getting annoyed by it. And, we took long showers in the ocean, without time nor water running out.
…research every possible purchase in-depth, until we found the best prices and bargains, saving us money each and every time. We still do all this research, but with less frustration these days, or purchases needed. 🙂
…wait for better weather when making ocean passages or shorter hops between islands, providing smoother rides (as long as the weather forecasts were correct).
…immerse ourselves in countries and cultures visited, creating impressions for a lifetime.
…have happy hour with friends until we were tired enough to return home, even during weekdays.
…focus on the projects and sights we were interested in, every single day.
Even with that unlimited time, I still had trouble grasping where all of it went, every single day. I would go to bed exhausted, thinking back about my busy day, yet feeling like I didn’t achieve anything. Friends would ask “What do you do all day?” It was a difficult question to answer, because all I did most days, was keeping our life afloat on track.
Washing, rinsing, hanging and folding clothes by hand would take many hours every week. Dropping the dingy, getting it started, driving to shore, tying it up safely, walking to different stores and markets to buy food, carrying it all back to my mode of transportation, returning to the boat, hauling everything inside and storing it, would take much more time than grocery shopping on land. Baking bread and creating snacks would “cost” hours a week. Writing an email, but more importantly, sending it, would require a decent amount of patience, boat issues were a daily time sucker and never disappeared from the list, and moving from anchorage to anchorage with the sole help of the wind, was a time-consuming, frequent activity. But, we were happy with all that time, and often used some of it to have fun on shore or in the water.
Now that Mark and I live on land for a little while, theoretically, we have the same amount of time as on Irie. Yet, I find I have never enough of it in a day. For some reason, with our shift in focus, and despite our lifestyle being easier than on the boat, I never know what to do first and always wish the days would last longer…
Are you happy with your time management? What takes a lot of time in your life? What do you wish you had more time for?
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