It all sounds so hip, sexy and fun to travel all the time and not be “stuck” to one spot for your job, but nothing is really quite perfect.
There are things that are difficult to achieve and accomplish when you are constantly moving like I am.
As a self proclaimed modern nomad I don’t move on a daily basis, but I do move pretty frequently (19 times in 2010).
1. You don’t know where anything is
You rely on your GPS like it’s your life.
Case in point:Recently, I tried to go deposit money into my bank.
I thought I already knew where it was, seeing as I’ve been in that city at least 10 times before, but I wandered around aimlessly, got a Starbucks Chai Latte at 50% off ($1.73 for a tall) and some cake to console myself.
I went home to Google the location and I missed it by ONE STREET. ONE street.
Other times, I just get the cities mixed up because they look familiar and kind of blur into each other.
Lesson learned: Bring your GPS or at the very least, refresh your memory about where anything is located.
2. You’re scared to get anything mailed to you
I have a permanent P.O. Box, but sometimes you don’t want to wait for the package to get re-routed to you, or you are confident you know something will come within that month you are there.
For whatever irrational reason, you want the item and you want it now.
But when packages don’t show up, or cut it very close to the time you’re about to check out, you do a little freak out in the corner until you realize it’s been waiting for you for 2 days.
They just put it under the wrong name.
3. Every city looks like the other
You’re in a new city? Unless it’s in a new country, or one of the super cool major ones like New York City, then big yawn.
Every city is pretty much the same. Sure, they have their quirks.
Some have a city mascot of an apple pie, but others are proud to display a huge cheese wheel, but at the core, they’re all the same.
I can see the benefit of this, is that I’m not scared of new locations or the unfamiliar because in the end, it’s not that different.
The downside of course, is I’m stuck in cities that are cookie cutter images of each other.
4. …but you have to learn about all the new quirks
Does it have different area codes for dialing numbers within the city? Do you need to always dial the area code first?
Is everything in another language (French for instance, or even Chinese)? What does it mean?
Can you turn left on the red (apparently for some one-way streets, you can)?
Can you turn right on the red in the city? What do all the signals mean?
Why do the traffic lights look so different from one area to another?
5. No matter where you go, you will ultimately be teased for something
I come from Toronto. Every city I go to, I get blamed for “being from a city that thinks it’s the self-proclaimed center of the universe.”
(By the way, we are the center. Just kidding.)
Even if I wasn’t from Toronto, I could be made fun of for being a hick from a small town. Or from a city that doesn’t speak English. Or a city that only makes mothballs as its town product.
Whatever it is, you will be asked where your roots are, and even if you give them a vague answer like: I don’t really have one major city now, I keep traveling so much… they pester you and poke you verbally until you cry “Uncle” and admit you grew up in Toronto.
Then if they’re huge hockey fans, they’ll mercilessly rag on you for being from Toronto and blablablbla hockey something or another, until they realize you have no idea what they’re talking about.
Even going to Portugal or France, I was teased for being Canadian. Or for a whole bunch of other “American” traits I seem to possess unknowingly.
Apparently I say “eh” and “thank you” too much.
Want to know more about living in a hotel?
Read my guest post on Budgets are Sexy. I detailed out the lowdown on Hotel Living and Traveling like a Modern Nomad.