Travel is about transitions, but sometimes it can be difficult to know when to get up and get moving again.
I’ve been living as an expat in Guatemala for a while now, mostly due to a broken foot, but I’m starting to realize there can sometimes be a bit of an expiration date to this kind of life. I think I’m about done with this traveling without moving portion of my trip and it’s about time to get back on a chicken bus.
I’ve been trying to put my foot (no pun intended) on exactly what it is that causes this stir to get moving and have pinpointed a few of the reasons I’ve experienced in different place. Yours’ might be different and I’d love to hear them.
Ok so this isn’t entirely true, there are still tons of people here, but no one that had started here with me.
When you first get to a place, whether you’re there for a day, a month, or a year, you generally arrive at the same time as a few (or a lot) of other people. Perhaps you arrived on the bus, boat, or plane together. Maybe you started volunteering, working, or learning a language together.
It can be natural that these people form the core of the group of friends that will carry you through a good portion of the time you spend in one particular place. It’s not that you don’t want to make new friends, in fact it happens nearly every day, but often however, the longest, and often strongest, connections will be with the ones you met near the start.
Slowly as with any expat location, people will leave. How long they stay can vary, wildly depending on stage of life, where you’re calling home, and their travel intentions. Working or volunteering often being the longest reasons to call a foreign country home.
With the loss of the close friends that have left, you start to wonder, is it time for me to go too?
Keep reading 2 more reasons at Adventures With Pedro.