Why I Stopped Travelling

Now that’s a statement you wouldn’t expect from a newbie travel blogger.

But I did ‘stop’ in the traditional sense – in reverse from most travellers instead of dropping/selling everything, packing a bag and heading off – I collected my things from various points around the world and planted roots. I have stayed in one place for two years, worked full time and bought a house.

Am I the travel anti-Christ? Have I given up on the dream life for materialist gain? I hope not. But I’ll let you make up your own minds.

By way of background, it all started in 2008. My parents announced they were emigrating to Spain. I was invited, but I didn’t want to go. Instead I went to the USA, working for 6 months at Walt Disney World (which truly is the Happiest Place on Earth – although the Mouse is a slave-driver!) and then taking a Trek America tour from LA to New York. They were wonderful experiences, I loved every second and I just wasn’t ready to go back to the 9-5 world.

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I started working in the European Alps and my life looked a little like this:

December 2008 – April 2009:   Risoul, France – ski season

May 2009 – October 2009:    Manchester UK, with mini-breaks to Paris, France & La Tercia, Spain (to visit my parents)

November 2009 – January 2010:  Le Corbier, France – ski season

February 2010 – May 2010:  Round the World Trip: Rio De Janeiro & Sao Paulo, Brazil; Santaigo, Chile; Auckland, NZ; Fiji; Melbourne – Sydney – Byron Bay – Brsibane – Airlie Beach, Australia; Singapore; Kuala Lumpur – Penang, Malaysia; Bangkok, Thailand

South America

June 2010 – October 2010:  Manchester & London, UK – mini-breaks to Albefuria, Portugal & Barcelona, Spain (and a trip to the folks in Spain)

November 2010 – April 2011:  Courcheval, France – ski season (if you’re thinking of doing a ski season, check out my ski packing list for a run down of everything you’ll need!)


May 2011 – June 2011: Europe Tour: Amsterdam, Berlin, Prague, Krakow, Budapest, Vienna, Venice, Florence, Pisa, Rome, Bari, Dubrovnik

EuropeJune 2011 – August 2011:   Saas Fee, Switzerland – summer ski season

August 2011 – November 2011: Spain 2 weeks (visit the folks) & Melbourne 6 weeks

November 2011 – April 2012:  Solden, Austria – ski season

May 2012 – June 2012:  8 weeks in Spain

June 2012 – September 2012:   SE Asia Tour: Dubai, Chiang Mai, Luang Prabang, Vang Vieng, Vientiane, Hanoi, Halong Bay, Cat Ba, Hue, Hoi An, Nha Trang, Ho Chi Minh, Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Bangkok, Koh Tao, Koh Phangan, Koh Samui, Phuket.

Asia & The Middle East


September 2012 – present:  Melbourne – with mini-breaks to Port Douglas, Sydney, Queenstown, Marrakesh and the planning of many more adventures!

As you can see, I moved around. A lot. My family lived in Spain, my extended family in the north of the UK, my partner’s family in Melbourne. I felt like I was spread across the world. When my parents moved to Spain, they took some of my stuff with them. My grandparents stored some things I would need when in the UK in their respective lofts and friends in London held on to a few bits for when we were moving through. When working seasons, I kept ski-related clothing in the various hotels and the company transferred them from resort to resort as I moved around.

It was a logistical nightmare whenever I was trying to locate something. You might be thinking, why not get rid of everything then you wouldn’t have this problem?! Carry everything you own and they you won’t need to look for anything. But that’s just not me. I admit it, I am materialistic. And whilst I agree with the mantra of ‘collect memories not things’ – I do like things. My partner, on the other hand, is of the ‘only own what you can carry mindset’ – and much to my annoyance was thrilled when our luggage went missing between Paris and Rio De Janeiro. He said he felt a sense of freedom, I could have killed him. And whoever had my luggage. Luckily, the bags were returned and all was right with the world.

After a few years of living like this, I decided, as much as I loved to travel, to see the world in all its wonderfulness – I was extremely over living out of a bag on minimal money. Ski seasons do not pay well – enough to cover the travel we did, but nothing extra for savings and the short term jobs in the UK were on a relatively good wage (for 9-5 admin during the GFC) – which supplemented the longer/bigger trips – plus rent/food etc.

I/We decided to stop. To put myself in a position where we had a base, where we earnt a real wage, allowing us to save for a house whilst still travelling and seeing the world. Yes, its not as fluid as the ‘grab backpack go’ style of travel, but it doesn’t mean that we have to stop doing what we love – we just have to find a new way to do it.

I don’t pine for the days of never-ending travel – but I do still dream of seeing everywhere – and I am so much happier knowing that wherever I may go, I will always have a home to return to. A base to collect the memories and things I have picked up a long the way. Our home is a shrine to the wonders of the world, on every wall,  every surface, and in every room there is a photograph, a travel map, or artwork from around the globe – and room for so much more.

So whilst I may have ‘stopped travelling’ in the traditional sense. I am a traveller. And I can’t wait for my next adventure.

Why I Stopped Travelling

My latest adventure – Queenstown, NZ – Helicopter ride landing on the snow.

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16 thoughts on “Why I Stopped Travelling

  1. Anna says:

    Hi Vicki! Found you through #WeekendWanderlust and I found this post (as well as your about page) so interesting! You did some incredible travels! Now I haven’t traveled that much, but whenever I can I try to travel abroad, because that’s what we did with my parents every summer while I was a kid! That’s when I got the wanderlust bug! My home base is Greece, but now I’m in the US for almost a year for my husband’s Masters degree, so I too advantage to travel around and see places (like California) that I wouldn’t easily decide upon visiting from Greece. I believe that there are more than one ways to travel and explore and I love my things too!!
    P.S. I’m a Lancaster alum too…did my MSc there in 2005-2006! Have great memories from that year (and of course took the advantage to travel a lot in the UK)

    • Vicki says:

      Hi Anna
      That’s great you’ve spent some time in the UK, and now the USA – living in those places opens up so many options for travel you wouldn’t ordinarily consider if you lived on another continent! And having Greece as home can’t be bad – I’m a big fan of the Mediterranean lifestyle. Having said that, its just occurred to me that I haven’t done any of mainland Greece – shocking – I better get my act together!
      Thank you for stopping by and I hope you enjoy living in the states and see as much as possible.
      If you haven’t been to Las Vegas yet – put it on your list – its big and brash in all its tourist glory but one of my favorite places in the world!

  2. Lo @ Travel the Unbeaten Path says:

    Hi there, I also found you through #WeekendWanderlust and thoroughly enjoyed reading your post! Having a home base makes traveling even better in my opinion, since there will always be something to look forward to, whether you’re leaving or coming home. Great post, look forward to reading more!

    • Vicki says:

      Thank you Lo!
      I’m a bit new to all this so its nice to hear that you enjoyed the post. I knew that there are so many people who don’t travel full-time – I think I just wanted to post about that lifestyle not being for everyone.. And maybe justify to those who think I’m crazy, just why I did it!

  3. Victoria says:

    Great article. Its something I’ve been contemplating.

    I currently have a home base and take a few trips of up to 2 weeks or so a year and come home. I’d like to be more on the go, however, I really don’t want to backpack. Lately, I’ve been considering traveling to one place for about 5-6 weeks at a time, having an extended apt/studio rental wherever I choose so I can get to know the city and take small trips from there. Basically, creating a home base while traveling. I’d put my place up on Airbnb while I’m away so it pays itself off and I can use my online earnings for travel living expenses.

    • Vicki says:

      Hi Victoria, traveling to one place for a few weeks sounds like a great idea! I find that I either do 1 week trips to places relatively local eg. NZ or SE Asia (as I live in Aus nothing is really local!) or if the flight is over the 10-12 hour mark I like to stay as long as possible and see as much as possible to feel like I have got good value for money on the long haul flight.
      I hope the ‘traveling home base’ works out for you!
      Happy Travels 🙂

  4. Liza says:

    Hey! Wow. you have great working abroad experience! Well done! Was is easy to find those seasonal jobs?
    Though I think I was never brave enough to just some somewhere and start working. 🙂

    • Vicki says:

      Hi Liza

      I had everything set up before I moved and obtained contracts in the UK who then seconded me out. There are jobs out there, you just have to be prepared that they don’t pay that well!

  5. Madi | Restless Worker says:

    That sounds exhausting! I get where you’re coming from regarding not wanting to travel full-time. Although I have never done it I can imagine how tiring it would be to always be packing up, being on the move and having to select a certain number of items that are worth their weight to come with you. I honestly prefer travelling part-time because I love having a home base with all of my friends and family and being able to afford the luxury of staying in nicer places because I have a full-time job!

  6. Linda says:

    Great post. I’m not a full-time traveller as such but can identify because of my current work. A lifestyle with no real home base can indeed be exhausting. It’s good to broadcast the fact that one does not need to give up the idea of a home base in order to be considered a true traveller.

  7. neha says:

    We are slowly adopting to slow travel and it is indeed great! We get to soak into the experience of the new place, new culture, new people completely and take our time to appreciate the beauty around! It was great to read your insight

  8. Len says:

    Great post! Although I am still young, I think a never-ending, always-changing journey is not for me too 🙂 I am a materialistic and (mostly) organized, so I need a base to return, to plan my next move or vacation. Some might argue that they can plan during the trips but for me I can only do that when I am in a familiar environment. Additionally, I want to cook and eat my own meal 🙂

  9. Swati Sinha says:

    I totally get you, though I sometimes do wish for a life of total travel lust. But I know I will be so insecure about savings and not having a place to call home. So, to each their own. It takes all kinds to make this world travel happy 🙂

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