In December I quit my job and last Monday I started a long-term trip around the world. I don't know what I want to do with my life at this point, but I know I love travelling so I thought I would just travel while I figure it out. My only commitment while travelling is to work on my writing skills by writing at least 1000 words per day and publish some of the stuff I write on my blog.
After my first week in Bangkok, I'm experiencing the following challenges:
- It's hard to focus on fundamentals while travelling. I'm staying at a hostel, which means new people getting in and out all the time, and there is always someone inviting me to do something fun like getting food, visiting some touristy place, or going out. I'm very social and love all those things, so I'm finding it hard to say NO and go work out/write/sleep early instead because it makes me feel like if I say no I'm "missing out" on something. I guess I'm used to the regular 2-week vacations, which are go, go, go. Now that I have unlimited travel time I'm finding it hard to create a daily routine that gives some balance to my life.
- What do I want to get out from this trip? I know why started travelling: I love getting to know new places and cultures, I didn't want the regular lifestyle, I wanted to try out the experience of solo travelling. However, I don't know what is what I want to get out from this trip. Do I want just to have fun and live new experiences? Do I want to immerse myself in the culture of the countries I visit (learn the languages, maybe get a job, etc.)? Do I want to go out every night and hook up to beautiful girls? Do I want to figure out what is what I want to do next with my life? I feel like I'm trying to do all of those things at the same time, but none of them is a priority, so I end doing a little bit of each and not making real progress in any. This results in a "I'm not making the most out of my time" feeling when I go to bed.
- Writing. I started writing for several reasons: I felt an urge to share my thoughts with the world, I wanted to build a platform that would serve me to connect with other like-minded people, I wanted to start building an audience that could help me in the future with whatever I decide to do and I wanted to develop my writing skills which are not super good at the moment. However, after writing every day for more than 1 month, I still find hard to translate my thoughts into words and to disable my internal censor who thinks what I write is not good enough. Any good advice on writing? Any habits, books, anything that have helped you?
I would appreciate any advice or comments on any of those things =)