Jul 20: There’s No Place Like Home

If you had the opportunity to live a nomadic life, traveling from place to place, would you do it? Do you need a home base? What makes a place “home” to you?

Hmm, I love traveling, but honestly and this might be surprising, this is not a life I would want. People think I want to travel full time. The correct answer is NO. I remember someone telling me a year and a half ago, “You should do freelancing, because you like to travel.” That is a good suggestion, thank you, but that’s not what I want. I like to travel because it gives me that temporarily relief from work, a stress reliever. But I don’t want a life where I keep moving all the time. I don’t want traveling to become something like, I would go to this place and work, because I can do it any time, from any place I want. Yes, that is really an ideal situation and I can see how some people are all about that life. It might be weird, but I want to keep it separate. I don’t want to work when I’m on vacation. I want to work and travel, but not at the same time.

I’ve actually had this opportunity because I’ve done some remote work and I know how much money you can earn from that, but I still chose to apply for a job that would require me to go to an office because that’s what I prefer. Traveling can take its toll on you and back when I was still doing those 2-week birthday trips, I get sick sometime midway through. I was gone for almost a month one time and there was really a point when I said to myself, I wanted to go home. But at the same time, I get sad when it’s time to go home after every trip and I think that’s just normal. I don’t know, it’s a mixed feeling kind of thing.

I want to share something though, there was definitely a place that made me want to just throw my return ticket away and just stay there. It’s Siargao. I think it’s very enchanting (or witchy, I would say) and it entices you with all of its palm trees and beaches and crazy night life and hot men to just stay there and never come back home. I spoke to one of our tour guides during one of my tours, and like me, he was from Manila. He came to visit Siargao a few years ago and never left. He told me, “Throw that ticket.” And I’ve heard several stories similar to this during my entire stay. During this time, I was in between jobs, I just resigned from Uber and I was going to start looking for a new one once I return to Manila. It was the perfect time to start anew. There was no job waiting for me back home. I don’t need to go back on Monday, and start another week in the office. It was definitely tempting, I was having fun at bars in the evening. During the day, I’m surrounded by beautiful beaches and palm trees everywhere. I mean, what’s not to love? I definitely understand why there are so many people who would love to stay. But it’s just not for me. I would definitely want to go back there someday, but it’s not my reality. For someone who’s a breadwinner, I can’t do that. (Although, one person I talked to is also one and he said he’s still able to send money to his family so good for him.) I just don’t see myself living in an island at this point in my life. After I retire for sure, you’re not going to see me in the city anymore. I will be somewhere far far away.

So I guess to sum it all up, yes, I am someone who needs a home base, having a nomadic life is such a fun thing to do when you’re young, but it’s not for me.

Inspired by this ebook, “365 Days of Writing Prompts” posted here.

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