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Lots of Living and working and not enough PLAYING

I was reading an article on www.bootsnall.com the other day and I just can't stop thinking about it. I'll find it and link it here later...it was about 'travelers' vs 'expats'. I can say now that I have experienced both of these. As a traveler, I have enjoyed the US, Vietnam and Italy. Now I am experiencing living as an expat in Germany. These are two very different worlds....

I have decided (possibly prematurely) that I do not enjoy being an expat. I much prefer the life of a traveler. I really have no interest in continuing to live here in Germany. I have a decent job, a nice apartment (that I really don't want) and have made a few friends since I've arrived. I really liked the feeling of being able to move every 3 months if I wanted too. I'm probably a little jaded on my opinion right now but that's how I feel.

Being a traveler....I love the feeling of not knowing what the next week is going to hold, or where I will be staying in two nights from now. THe excitement of reaching a new city and finding my way around holds something for me. Where I'm going to get my dinner or what the 'free' breakfast includes and if it will be enough to hold me over until lunch. The push to explore, knowing that I've only a few short days and I'll be gone....it's like a drug, I want more.

Right now, I'm feeling stagnant. Like I am somewhere that I don't fit. It's ok not to 'fit' if I'm traveling but now I am living here and not to 'fit' is not a good feeling. After finally putting my finances together in the states so that I could afford to travel and enjoy my life...I am feeling the crunch of living on a restricted budget. Between making less money and having to set up an entire house and now having BILLS.....well, I am feeling strapped. I'm sure it's just a fleeting thing.....hopefully. Besides the fact of all of the above, yes: I'm in Europe. I should feel blessed but there are a few hurdles standing in my way in order to enjoy being in Europe. I'm trying to work these out and hopefully it will happen soon....

Only 285 days left until I can freely leave Germany and not owe the US Gov't anything.....maybe my opinions will change by then?

Going to go play with Aco now!

Oh...http://www.bootsnall.com/articles/10-02/expats-vs-backpackers-why-all-the-hate.html here is the link to the article. My bad, it was backpackers not 'travelers'.

Posted by Khandilee 12:47 Archived in Germany Tagged business_travel

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BUT WHILE THERE YOU CAN GET TO THE OTHER COUNTRIES AROUND YOU, SPAIN, ITALY, FRANCE, BELGIUM, AND SEE THE SIGHTS THERE. THEN YOU CAN COME HOME AND BE A HOOSIER AGAIN. THE TIME WILL GO FASTER THAN YOU ARE NOW THINKING, SO HANG IN THERE. THIS FEELING SHOULD PASS AND I AM SURE YOU WILL ENJOY YOUR STAY THERE. IS SWITZERLAND TOO FAR FOR YOU TO GET TO? TO THE TOP OF THE MATTERHORN IS SUPPOSED TO BE A GOOD TRIP. GIVE ACO A HUG FROM MISTY

by MAXINE CARPENTER

Thanks Maxie! Lots of hugs are being given....

by Khandilee

My comment will lose a bit of thunder now, but here it is:

You are an expat so you can be a traveler. In no other way will you have access to the countries you have access to right now for such a long time and so easily.

Your problem is you're between trips. As soon as your next fun daycation arrives you'll be happy as a clam.

by Premaximum

indeed....EXTREMELY different things....I guess you're in a kinda unique type of job though...most people are strapped when they're travelling not when they're settled...I'm more broke when I'm traveling!..seems you're the other way around though!

All I would say is don't over think it...enjoy the time while you're there as much as you can...don't have any regrets...if you decide its not for you at the end of it, I'm sure you'll still look back on fond times there as you move on to different things!

by msmitheman

Corey...your right and I took your unintended advice and booked a trip to Oslo Norway (cheapest flight I could find). I should quit bitching....it's just difficult with such a drastic cut in pay.

Mike...thanks for the words of support. I'm feeling much better today. Your right..."NO REGRETS" It will be an experience to look back on be it good or bad.

by Khandilee

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