I’ve been thinking about all the things I love when I travel. The act of travelling I don’t love so much. The only thing I fear about flying is throwing up. I don’t like boats and I will fall asleep on anything that moves, planes, trains and in cars. I’m terrible. I would love to be one of those people who watch the scenery go by and daydream about all of life’s possibilities but I just nod off. I take the train from Melbourne out to my grandparents and I am asleep before Caulfield.
I do love the freedom that travel offers. I love being able to do what I want, when I want without having to explain myself or justify my reasons. “Because I want to”, is reason enough for me and needs no further explanation. I’ve been thinking about my upcoming trip to Canada, and what I’m looking forward to and I keep thinking that I can now live the life I want rather than the one I have. Not that there is anything wrong with my life. At least, I don’t think so. I work hard, I save money then I do what I want. But I think I get stuck in my habits if I stay in one place for too long. I make excuses as to why I don’t do things rather than just do them.
For example, I’ve been very conscious of my health the last few months. Since coming back from the U.K. I’ve been to my optometrist, dermatologist, dentist, doctor and a specialist. Just for the check-ups I do every 2 years. I try and keep on top of things to avoid having troubles overseas. I find that I’m healthier when I travel. I eat differently and I look after myself a lot better. But there is nothing stopping me from drinking more water and eating less chocolate while I’m at home. I find it amazing the habits I form while I’m at home compared to what I do when travelling. When I settle in a place for a while, I still go back to the same bad habits.
It has taken an e-mail from a friend to make me realise this, and I wonder if anyone else has the same problem? Do you change certain behaviours when you are not in your comfort zone? Perhaps part of it is to adapt to your new environment. Or it could be the “when in Rome” attitude I foster when I’m in a new place. If you want to fit in, then don’t look out of place. But really, I can drink more water and eat less chocolate anywhere in the world, (perhaps not in Switzerland).
I’m just speaking in general, basic terms here. I plan to change a few things when I arrive in Canada. I just think it is interesting that I find it easier to change things when I’m in a different situation, or a different country. I would be interested in any comments or insights anyone has.