LA beaches really do look just like Baywatch, right?
We’ve been traveling for 9 months now. It’s amazing! Somewhere around the 6-7 month mark, I stopped counting each monthly “travelversary.”
After this long, I think I’ve figured out what my perfect travel day consists of. Today had all the components of that:
1. A swim in a warm outdoor pool and soak in the hot tub.
Bonus points: If don’t have to share with anyone else. I lucked out today and had both the pool and hot tub to myself.
More bonus points: If said swimming is under the stars and moonlight.
2. Day involves Vegan nachos.
1/2 a point for Vegan pizza, but Vegan nachos are the best.
3. Day involves Vegan cake.
Bonus points: If said cake involves vegan cream cheese frosting.
4. An outdoor nap.
I love to nap outdoors however the pollen is so bad in New Zealand and there are so few warm enough days, I rarely get to do it.
5. No actual travel.
Yeah, my ideal travel day involves waking up and going to sleep in the same bed. Travel days are pretty exhausting. Little annoyances suck up lots of time e.g., picking up a rental car only to notice the fuel tank wasn’t full and then having to wait in line again to speak to someone about it.
Yesterday I spent 4 hours driving – 3 of which were spent in absolute gridlock, 1/2 an hour was spent at an ok speed, and 1/2 an hour was spent in the absolute terror that is hurtling down the freeway at night trying to maintain traffic flow with speeding drivers and feeling blinded by so many lights everywhere.
This is sort of the ying and yang of travel. I arrived at my destination full of knots from sitting in the car and moving at 5 miles an hour, and then soaked those knots away in the hot tub when I got here.
6. Talking to my family.
I love that I can be out exploring to still keep up with all the minutia of my family’s lives. I love that I get daily reports on my nephew’s toilet training progress and the weekly update from my Mumma on where she placed at bridge. Even though I’m not physically there, it barely feels like I’m separated from them.
7. Cloudless sky.
I am really fussy when it comes to weather. Cloudy skies really get me down. I reckon about 50% of my motivation to travel is chasing near permanent blue sky!
What’s your perfect travel day?
I'm Kate, a vegan digital nomad from New Zealand who has been traveling full-time since May 2013. I'm an expert on saving money on trips without sacrificing comfort. My spouse and I travel on a budget of around $3000 a month. We travel in places that are traditionally considered expensive like New York and Hawaii.
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