Things I do aside from travel

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Before we embarked on this trip (over 8 months ago!) my blog featured a bit of everything from car crashes and sunrises, to absurd cheesecake recipes, to fancy balls and outback rodeos, to asking what you had for breakfast (a weirdly popular post!). Nowadays it’s mostly a travel diary in which I try to convey how amazing our trip is. I’m very conscious of not sounding like I’m writing for the kind of diary your teacher made you keep in primary school, starting with “On the weekend I…”. So I try to keep it interesting!

But obviously we aren’t exploring amazing castles or visiting beautiful beaches 24 hours a day. We do have a lot of down time in between sightseeing. The other day I was wondering what on earth we actually do when we aren’t moving from place to place or being tourists. Here’s what I came up with.

I read a lot  

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I think I’m onto my 7th book since Christmas Day! I’m always looking for a good book so please hit me up with recommendations, I’ll read pretty much anything except fantasy novels. After reading The Girl on the Train last year I’ve read quite a few thrillers, hoping to find something similar. I’ve read The Good Girl by Mary Kubica, The Good Neighbour by AJ Banner and Pretty Girls by Mary Slaughter. Pretty Girls was horrific. I’ve never read anything which such graphic violence, I just had to speed read it to get it over with.

I’ve also read Man at the Helm by Nina Stibbe which was excellent; funny, sad and very well written. I’ve read some trashy Zoe Foster chick lit novels which aren’t worth mentioning, The Mothers Group by Fiona Higgins (much more interesting than it sounds!) and all of Liane Moriarty’s books. I also very much enjoyed The Vacationers by Emma Straub and We are all completely beside ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler (DID NOT see that twist coming!).

What are you reading?

I imagine my future home

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Will it be as cute as my last house? Doubt it!

This is a really frustrating pastime. Where will I live? Where will I work? How will I get there? What kind of table will I eat at? What kind of sheets will I have? Which photos will I actually print out and put on the walls? Going home is terrifying because it means completely starting over again, but in the same way it is also hugely exciting. I don’t want to go home now and I’m not homesick, but I feel like all of the new and exciting things will probably quash the post travel blues pretty well. Imaginary decorating (with no budget!) can be pretty fun.

The worst part of Christmas was seeing everyone’s beautifully decorated homes and trees and their wonderfully set tables, knowing I would be eating god knows what off a fugly plastic plate. Have you ever heard a more obnoxious first world problem?! Oh and not seeing my family was bad too 😉

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Remember my silver centre piece on 2014’s Christmas table? Magic

I exhaust the internet

If there’s wifi, I’m on it. Endlessly scrolling through instagram, watching everyone’s Snap Chat stories, keeping up to date with facebook, cackling at fail compilation videos… It’s rare that I get bored if I have an internet connection.

I also read a lot of blogs. The ones I check religiously at the moment are A Cup of Jo, Love Taza (she’s in Australia at the moment!) and Faux Fuchsia. Plus most of the ones in my blog roll. Blog recommendations are also appreciated!

I get sad about how unfit I’ve become

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It’s impossible to stick to a routine while travelling. Well, not impossible, but very difficult and very difficult things aren’t fun. In America at least we were hiking pretty regularly and trying to use the 7 Minute Workout app as much as possible (easier to do outdoors!). Moving around from cramped dorm room to cramped dorm room makes it hard to do those workouts, also the food here is not as fresh and amazing. There is also the trap of thinking ‘YOLO! I’m on holidays, I can eat what I want!’. But we aren’t on a holiday. This is how we’ve been living for 8 months. Put the donut down.

So I often get sad about the state of my poor body, especially my knees, which without constant spin classes have become weak and wobbly and at constant risk of dislocation.

There are also self esteem implications with not exercising. I won’t go too far into this but rest assured most of the photos of me on this trip have either been deleted or heavily scrutinised before being made public. Lame I know.

I never thought I’d be craving spin classes…

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More active times in Utah!

So that’s pretty much it! I tried to think of everything, but really most days we are sightseeing or walking around or on the beach or meeting new people or doing stuff.

What do you do when you’re not doing what you mostly do (working, travelling, parenting etc)?

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13 Responses to Things I do aside from travel

  1. Lauren C-H says:

    I miss doing spin classes with you! Come home now! 😘

    • Bec says:

      I miss our early mornings together too! And when we used to compete for most calories burnt, before we realised the bikes are all out of whack!

  2. Kriddy Howard says:

    I wish I read books. But every time I do I fall asleep within 2 pages, Every time!!!
    What are your plans for this year? Do you guys have a timeframe of when you are returning to Australia?
    Im currently busy planning our holiday & looking at possible wedding dates & venues. Its exhausting!!

    • Bec says:

      I went through a period of not being able to read in 2014! Same thing, I would just fall asleep and forget what I had read. Then repeat the same process the next night!
      We will most likely be heading home in August or September, depending on money! We have a wedding to attend in Scotland in early July, so any time after that really.
      Oooh that’s so exciting! Around what dates are you looking at? In Perth?

  3. mladventures says:

    This article was a bit spooky for me as it sounds exactly like myself! I read a lot and spend a lot of time looking online at houses in different areas we would like to live in and I’ve made a plan for hosting Christmas next year when back in the UK. I also cackle at fail army videos.. a lot. I even have knee issues (and worse ankles) from hypermobility. I’ve dislocated my right knee twice and my ankles a whole mess of times! Cool post 🙂

    • Bec says:

      That is a bizarre number of coincidences! How much longer are you on the road for?

      • mladventures says:

        Until mid April – nearly six months in total! Though hoping to head to Brazil later this year. You guys?

      • Bec says:

        Central America until April 7, then we fly back to the States for month and drive up the east coast, then fly to Dublin mid may. We have a wedding to attend in Scotland in July and that will probably be our last stop. Are you currently in Central America as well?! We are in Costa Rica.

      • mladventures says:

        Yep we are in Nicaragua at the moment! Though heading north again soon as our flight is in Mexico. Good chance I’ll be in Scotland in July as my dad lives there. We have some posts on Scottish countryside but if you want any tips on Edinburgh etc. let me know 🙂

      • Bec says:

        We are heading north too so I shall check to see where you guys go! And some Scotland tips would be great, the wedding is in Falkirk.

      • mladventures says:

        This is getting too weird!!! My dad and stepmom live half an hour from there near Stirling check out or posts on wild camping in the trossachs national park (45 mins from Falkirk). If you have a contact page I’ll email you about some none camping related activities nearby 🙂

      • Bec says:

        Whaaaaat?! Crazy! That would be great, we are keen to camp but we won’t have any of our gear. My email is mybloggableday at gmail dot com.

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