the movement, migration, or scattering of a people away from an established or ancestral homeland
When I began traveling in 2015, I had no expectation of the unfolding of people, places and discovery that took me from traveling as an escape to traveling with deliberate intention.
Recently, that intention has wavered, as my goals and needs have shifted. The call of the Diaspora is as strong as ever, but its very clear that for now, travel has served its purpose. Besides, perpetual travel is not easy to maintain. As I revise this post now in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, I count 15 cities so far in 2017 and it’s only August. The call of the Diaspora is strong but the longing, and infact need for a settled existence, might be winning through.
As I attempt to put the brakes on my travel lifestyle, I’m seeing what a momentous task it is. Travel is truly ingrained in me. Its become a habit, a very powerful one, you could say an addiction. I’ve only just begun formulating strategies for dealing with this, but it’s clear that, in terms of a travel addiction, I must remove the temptations, or the cues which prompt me to travel. Writing a travel blog seems an obvious one to start with.
Back in Seoul a couple of months ago, I described my dissollusionment with the “travel lifestyle” type of writing I’d been doing up until that point eg hostel reviews, top ten lists and packing tips etc. I talked about wanting to transition towards more authentic, fulfilling and creative forms of writing. But now I have an even better excuse to make the change: self-therapy to kick my travel habit. I will still continue to write about travel if and where it relates to a theme I want to express, but for now the pure travel lifestyle stuff is out.
There’s nothing like burning your boats.
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Updated August 25 2017.