The Moving-Places Playlist (And Why It Sucks)

I hate moving places.

Which, as travelling writer is something of an issue.

But bear with me! I think you’ll find my reasoning is sound.

Why moving sucks

Zen And The Art of Staying In One Place And Also Frogs
Zen And The Art of Staying In One Place And Also Frogs

Don’t get me wrong – I really enjoy seeing new places and meeting new people. The process of exploring locations is always fun.  And uncovering what you have in common with those around me is fascinating – I hope I never get over it. It’s one of the main reasons why I travel.

But there’s the boring logistical side to moving that weighs me down. Not to mention the emotional upheavals. After all, you’re leaving a place filled with people you’ve grown to love.

It’s a bittersweet sound. There is something enjoyable in it, a recognition of good times enjoyed with good people.  But if you hear it too much, you might grow jaded, and even come to hate it.

And when moving, you hear this tune through a 15-point track list.

The Moving-Places Playlist:

  1. Pack Up All Your Shit
  2. Double Check That All The Valuable Shit Is Packed Well And Unlikely To Break
  3. Make Hard Decisions About What To Leave Behind (I Miss You, Collective Works Of Douglas Adams)
  4. Clean Your Room (I Know The Owners Do That But I Feel Bad If I Don’t Make An Effort)
  5. Lug Your Shit To Reception And Check Out
  6. Say Goodbye To The Excellent People You’ve Met
  7. Promise You’ll Catch Up One Day
  8. Try Not To Cry
  9. Fail
  10. Lug Your Shit Further To The Train/Bus/Ferry/Tuk-tuk
  11. Keep An Eye On Your Shit Throughout The Journey
  12. Check In
  13. Unpack All Your Shit
  14. Double Check You Didn’t Lose/Break Anything On The Way
  15. Cry Again Because You Miss Your Old Place And The People In It

With traditional travel, you hear this playlist again and again.

Sometimes it can be a new place every week – other times you can hear it daily. And it gets old quickly. Doesn’t matter if I’m moving across the country or next door – the feeling remains the same. And even the enjoyable bits become numbing if you hear them too often.

How slow travel helps

Puffer Fish Beach
Although there is such a thing as staying in one place for *too* long

One of the reasons I love slow travel is that it eliminates stress.

And perhaps the best way it does this is by removing the need to move. Less moving = less frustration. You hear the playlist less often. Which in turn maintains the act of moving places as a special experience. One that’s less likely to get old over time.

That’s how I get to enjoy the bittersweet elements. They stay fresh.

And sometimes, I even get to insert a few new tracks now and again.

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