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
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:
- Pack Up All Your Shit
- Double Check That All The Valuable Shit Is Packed Well And Unlikely To Break
- Make Hard Decisions About What To Leave Behind (I Miss You, Collective Works Of Douglas Adams)
- Clean Your Room (I Know The Owners Do That But I Feel Bad If I Don’t Make An Effort)
- Lug Your Shit To Reception And Check Out
- Say Goodbye To The Excellent People You’ve Met
- Promise You’ll Catch Up One Day
- Try Not To Cry
- Lug Your Shit Further To The Train/Bus/Ferry/Tuk-tuk
- Keep An Eye On Your Shit Throughout The Journey
- Check In
- Unpack All Your Shit
- Double Check You Didn’t Lose/Break Anything On The Way
- 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
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.