Day 26 of the A to Z Blogging Challenge – Thoughts on Being a Nomad
Today is the last day of the Blogging from A to Z Challenge! We are finishing with a very appropriate zzzzzz…
When a nomad gets tired, she finds a bed for the night. More than likely, the long-term traveler does not have the funds to splurge on a hotel room, B&B or resort, so she looks into her guidebook – or refers to recommendations from peers – and picks a hostel, guesthouse or backpackers place to get some rest. Or, she cuddles up next to her partner, in her own bed; a bed that is part of her sailboat or camper in which she is exploring the world. There is nothing as convenient, cozy and familiar as having your home with you when you roam about.
It is possible that – after many years on the road and the water (twelve years in my case) – the weary traveler needs a break from always being on the move. She is zonked out, totally exhausted from the lifestyle, the challenges and the lack of stability and comfort. She needs some well-deserved and required zzzzzzs and a temporary shift of focus. The best way to accomplish that without totally abandoning the desire for adventure and variety is by house and pet sitting. Yes, it is our preferred way of life right now and, no, we don’t regret our decision to sell our catamaran Irie one bit. We don’t even miss the cruising lifestyle, because we were very zonked out by it (in combination with running our business).
As for the A-Z Blogging Challenge this month… I am done! Today is the last letter of the alphabet and fittingly, I am zzzzzonked out from all the thinking, writing, reading, rereading, compiling, and posting 26 daily blogs and from searching, choosing, resizing, captioning and formatting photos to accompany the text. After spending an extra two hours a day reading other blogs and commenting on them (and mine), I have enjoyed meeting a lot of interesting people and hope to keep following some of them. There is so much web entertainment out there! This commitment has been more intense and time-consuming than I ever thought (hence it is a challenge), so for future reference (for people who might participate next year, and for myself), writing some posts ahead of time would certainly help!
(In 2015, Mark and I slept in 26 different beds, airplane seats excluded.)
I am leaving you with a little photo collage of our dog Darwin, who was able to get zonked out on the boat in every spot possible! 🙂
How did you do during this A-Z Blogging Challenge, as a reader or a blogger? Pretty zonked out as well? What did you learn? Do you plan to participate/do the rounds next year as well? Have you found some favorite blogs to follow in the future?
As always, thank you so much for stopping by, leaving a comment or liking Roaming About on Facebook. The full list/alphabet of my April 2016 A-Z posts can be found here. In May, I am getting back to my usual, more sporadic, posts about our house and pet sitting lifestyle and the side-trips and adventures incurred. But first, I am hopping on a plane to Belgium! See you there…