My Love/Hate Relationship With Going Somewhere New

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Every time we stay in a place for a longer period of time I begin to look forward to going somewhere else. One of the best things about travelling full time is, that we get to see a lot of new things all the time.

But a part of me love the daily work routines you get when you make a place your home for a longer period. Like when we stayed two months in Playa del Carmen. I knew where to buy the best coffee, eat good and cheap food etc.

That’s why I’m both sad and happy when we travel to a new place. Like yesterday when we took the bus from Belize City to Flores in Guatemala. Both of us loved Caye Caulker and felt sad to leave it behind as Celia mentioned in her latest blog post.

At the same time we wanted to see something new. My love for travel is bigger than my love for daily routines. To better understand this myself I wrote a travel love and hate list. The hate list is really a love list for daily routines. :D

My hate list

Finding good coffee

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In the morning it seems that nothing is more important than a cup of quality coffee. It’s important for both of us. The difference between Celia and me is, that if I haven’t found a good coffee I will talk about it all the time. I will try to find information about where to buy the best coffee in blog posts and on TripAdvisor. Well, it’s pretty time consuming and every time we go somewhere new I have to start my search for coffee once again.

When you don’t travel all the time you can buy a good coffeemaker and quality coffee beans. Then you can drink great coffee every morning.

This isn’t a solution for travel bloggers because we are constantly on the road. As a travel blogger I need to find my morning coffee at a café. Sometimes, if I’m lucky, we have an apartment with a kitchen where we can make our own coffee.

In Caye Caulker I know that the best coffee is french press coffee made by Caribbean Colors Art Gallery.

Now I’m searching for good coffee in Flores. So far I have tried coffee at three different places. On Thursday I need to search for coffee again because we arrive in Antigua.

Time being used on transportation

I’m not a big fan of transportation. I’m still waiting for someone to make the transporter from Star Trek.

When I travel I can’t stop thinking about all the time I could spend on working instead of moving from A to B.

At the same time transportation is also on my love list. I will get back to that.

Getting into a daily routine

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This isn’t a good working routine :D.

For me it’s easier to get work done if I have a daily routine. It always takes me a couple of days to get used to a new place.

When a new working routine kicks in I become more productive. Then we travel to a new city or country and I have to get into a new routine.

I’m trying not to be as dependent on a perfect working environment. Instead I try to work every time I have time for it. I really only need my computer and wifi.

What I love about travelling

Experience new places

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We loved Caye Caulker

Every time we arrive in a new country we are truly amazed about how beautiful it is. We have already visited several places that we could see ourselves living in. The same thing happened when we arrived in Flores. So beautiful.

We love experiencing new countries. Well, if we didn’t we wouldn’t be travelling. We love to find out how a new place works and what food, drinks etc. cost.

In a new place you have to learn how they are doing things. Even though you can read blot posts about almost every country in the world you will still be surprised about how different people are in the world.

Being a tourist

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Swimming with sharks near Caye Caulker.

It’s hard work to be a tourist and it cost a lot more money than staying in the same place for longer periods at the time. Some travel bloggers hate being in tourist spots. I don’t.

Because in most tourist spots there is something amazing to see. From Colosseum in Rome to the beautiful beach of Playa del Carmen.

If there is something great to see we want to see it. Tourist spot or not.

On Wednesday we are going on a early morning tour to Tikal to see the old ruins. Last week we swam with sharks at the reef near Caye Caulker. Both things are very touristy and that is the reason why I have no problem being a tourist.

What’s really not to love?

I can’t be a tourist for longer periods at the time because it’s exhausting and it’s too expensive. We can’t run away from the fact that it’s a big part of our life.

Slow transportation

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Yes, transportation was also on my hate list. The reason why it’s on my love list is because you really feel a country when you travel through it.

I love starring out the window and seeing new places. Like yesterday when we took the bus from Belize City to Guatemala.

When we crossed the border everything was different. I can’t understand people who sleep when they travel by bus. They don’t see the world outside the window. They don’t get the feeling of being somewhere new.

That’s the reason why I don’t really like flying. You don’t see anything. The only thing I enjoy about flying is that you can travel from A to B in no time. But it doesn’t have the same feeling as a bus, car or bicycle ride.

It’s the reason why we are planning road trips in Australia and USA. Then Celia can drive while I stare out the window. :D

Eating new food

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Eating fry jacks in Caye Caulker

When we are in a new country we always end up eating the local food. It’s a fun way to explore a country.

After a week eating local food I normally stop doing it because the local food always contains some kind of white bread that I normally try to avoid in my diet.

But it’s fun to try new food. At least once.

I could continue this list until the end of time because travelling is great. Right now I can’t tell you when I will stop doing it. I feel like doing it forever. But you never know what will happen in the future.

Until then I try to enjoy everything about travel. Even the stuff that I don’t like.

Tomorrow we are going to see Tikal and then we will have a long night of transportation from Flores to Antigua. We leave at 8PM and arrive in Antigua at 7 AM. There will be nothing to see because we travel at night. We look forward to Antigua because everybody says it’s an amazing town.

What would you put on your travel love/hate list?

I’m a Dane who loves sunny weather, crystal blue water and palm trees. I’ve a degree in Master of Arts in Media Studies from The University of Copenhagen. I earn all my income online as a Danish copywriter.

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8 Comments on My Love/Hate Relationship With Going Somewhere New

  1. Kirsten Helbaek
    April 4, 2014 at 1:40 am (7 months ago)

    I read your blog with great pleasure for two reasons. First because its a great blog with both good stories og wonderfull pictures. Next reason is that you do all the things i would have liked to do when i was young. Now i am to old to travel the slow way as you do but i travel when i have money left for it. Last trip was in september, a hole month in autocamper trough the southwestern US. It was great.

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    • Hans Jonas Hansen
      April 4, 2014 at 1:57 pm (7 months ago)

      I’m glad you enjoy reading our blog. We would love to go on a long road trip in the US. We have some trouble deciding where to after Denmark this summer. Maybe Asia or South America.

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  2. Michelle
    April 4, 2014 at 11:17 am (7 months ago)

    Enjoyed reading this post. And can definitely agree with most on both the love- & hate list. Only exception being the coffee crisis. I don’t drink coffee so obviously I don’t have the same need to start my day off with a good cup of coffee :)

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    • Hans Jonas Hansen
      April 4, 2014 at 1:53 pm (7 months ago)

      Yeah, good coffee is a big deal for me. :D . But I don’t need coffee anymore to survive. It’s still one of the things that I talk the most about. :D

      Do you have any routines that would be hard to have when travelling full time?

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  3. Rob
    April 5, 2014 at 8:43 am (7 months ago)

    Routine is so important when travelling. I crave it, despite wanting to break away from the routine of a 9-5 job. It’s lovely to have regular event, like a perfect cup of coffee in the morning, it make you feel settled.

    Also I’m with you on the food, it’s one of the most important parts of travelling discovering a new local delicacy.

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    • Hans Jonas Hansen
      April 8, 2014 at 11:06 pm (7 months ago)

      Before we decided to travel the world I already worked from home, so yeah, I know how important routines are. Even more when you travel as you mention.

      How long will you keep on trying local foods? For me it’s a few times and then I go back to my normal eating habits. :D

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  4. Steph (@ 20 Years Hence)
    April 5, 2014 at 11:52 pm (7 months ago)

    I am just like you—whenever we are in a location for a while and are starting to get close to the end of our visa’s validity, I always start to get super antsy and can’t wait to get to the next spot. This happens even if we’re bopping around from one destination to the next within a country… the call of a entirely new place is one that I just can’t seem to ignore. There are only a few places where this hasn’t happened, and those are the countries that I consider my very favorite: Vietnam, the Philippines, and Taiwan. We actually spent 3 months based just in Ho Chi Minh City, and honestly, I was still heartbroken to leave by the end of our time there!

    Also, there really is something so comforting about having your favorite places that you can just set yourself on auto-pilot to reach, isn’t there? It’s always hard being in a new city or country and not knowing what your favorite dishes are or where to get them. I love the exploration phase, but it’s still nice knowing where the cheap laundry is or who’s got the best smoothies, etc.,

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    • Hans Jonas Hansen
      April 8, 2014 at 11:10 pm (7 months ago)

      I agree with it all. :D . I don’t know if Celia and I have a favourite place yet. I feel that I can’t really know because there are so many places I haven’t seen. But we will probably go to Miami a lot. :D . We love South Beach.

      I look forward seeing Ho Chi Minh City one day. We have only been to Thailand on a small two weeks vacation. So we really need to go to Asia soon. But again we also need to go to South America, Africa and Australia :D

      Reply

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