OH MY GOD, COMMITMENT

This is it. The end of my two and half year run of being a digital nomad – homeless and living in hotels and hostels day to day. I’ve just signed up for a normal life, for an indefinite amount of time, living in a flat for the foreseeable future. Seriously, haven’t committed to an accommodation for longer than three days for over two years.

Nervous. But good nervous.

I’VE GOT A HOME!

End of an era

It felt weird. I was lying on a sun lounger on the beach at the Mango Bay Resort in Phu Quoc, Vietnam, looking through apartments on spareroom.co.uk on my phone. I knew it was the right thing to do.

I could travel like I have done for another year, an opportunity I know many would give anything for but there are down sides to this life I have. I’ve been finding it more and more difficult to work and travel at the same time – not particularly doing either very well – I miss my friends, I miss England and living out of a suitcase is doing my head in.

I’ve loved meeting people along the way on my travels, but I also want to be with people who already know me. Where I don’t have to try and show the best of me, or remember whatever facts they’ve told me and who said what. I want to laugh and relax in my friends’ company, people I’ve known longer than a few days.

So, before I burn out, like I see other travel bloggers doing I’ve put an end to my long-term travel ways and opted for more of a normal life. No longer wandering the planet following my fancy.

Life as a digital nomad

As I post this today, Sunday 12th February, I’ve been travelling for two years, seven months, three weeks and five days. Let’s call it 2 and a half years.

Part of me thinks I’m mad. I could live anywhere in the world and I’ve chosen Southsea – a little seaside town, part of Portsmouth in England. Somewhere I’ve never even spent a night.

Why Southsea? Why now?

I wanted to be by the coast though, and somewhere affordable. I wanted it to be near enough to London that I can pop in (1 hr 45 mins away) and my best mate lives just up the road. I’ve just spent the weekend down there staying at hers nearby, and I love it. Cool bars, great looking restaurants, boutiquey shops and lots of outdoor spaces.

I have so many ideas and so many stories of things I want to post, write about and talk about. I want to be more creative and experiment, but travelling full time uses up some of that creativity, and a lot of time. Blogging is changing so much and it’s getting harder to make it sustainable. I need to work more and travel less, to make this work.

Of course, I’m still going to travel. Once a month at least. In fact… I’m going somewhere super exciting on Friday.

Until then though, I need to pack up whatever I have at my parents house and get planning my new life!

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30 Comments

  1. by Claire on February 12, 2017  8:59 pm Reply

    I understand what you mean about needing a base though. Even after only 3 months of full time travel I was ready to return home. I've changed my work so I can travel more while still having a base and it was a very good decision for me. I'm sure this will be a great decision for you.
    P.s i'm an ex Portsmouth uni student so I'm totally jealous of you moving to Southsea!

    • by Vicky on February 12, 2017  9:05 pm Reply

      Such a cool place isn't it? Very excited to move there. Yeah, I think it all sounds like a great idea to start and then you realise all the moving about, planning your travels and actually doing them, while needing to work at the same time, just gets too much. When I move, in two weeks time, I kind of just want to stay in and watch all the box sets everyone has been talking about for the last two year :)

  2. by Helen on February 12, 2017  9:02 pm Reply

    I am so coming to stay. #justsayin

    Congrats babe! xxx

    • by Vicky on February 12, 2017  9:25 pm Reply

      Whenever you like! Thanks :)

  3. by Hayley on February 12, 2017  9:26 pm Reply

    Welcome home, Vicky! We've missed you! xxx

    • by Vicky on February 13, 2017  8:02 am Reply

      Ah thanks Hayley. Only a 1 hour 17 minute drive from Wimbers – shame neither of us have a car :).

  4. by Kristie W. on February 12, 2017  9:42 pm Reply

    Sounds like you made a great decision for you, Vicky. I hope you enjoy your new home making lots of fun memories.

    • by Vicky on February 13, 2017  8:02 am Reply

      Thanks Kristie. I hope so too. It looks like an awesome place to spend summer :).

  5. by Rachel on February 12, 2017  9:56 pm Reply

    By the sea! I think that's the only way!
    Good luck Vicky!

    • by Vicky on February 13, 2017  8:01 am Reply

      Me too! It's like a little seaside town so I will kind of feel like I'm on holiday, hopefully :).

  6. by Sarah on February 12, 2017  10:07 pm Reply

    I've just come back from 10 weeks of travelling and man, I'm impressed by your 2 1/2 years. I was already exhausted! Big-time congratulations to ya.

    • by Vicky on February 13, 2017  8:00 am Reply

      Tiring moving around so much and taking it all in, isn't it? Feel like I'll sleep for a month when I finally move in. It's been an absolutely incredible two and a half years, but it's time :).

  7. by Arianwen on February 12, 2017  10:27 pm Reply

    I'm doing the same thing!!! I just decided I'd be best off if I base myself in the UK and try to find flexible work so I can still travel frequently too. I've chosen Bristol as my home, but I'm starting out with a one-month AirBnB just to make sure I like it there. Should be back February 23 if Australian Immigration don't mess me around for the second time in 3 months! Would love to catch up and talk about all our adventures from the past couple of years! x

    • by Vicky on February 13, 2017  7:59 am Reply

      Oh I thought we'd lost you to Australia! That's great. Bristol is such a cool city. Only actually been there once for a hen party but really liked it :) .I was going to do that with AirBnB and then I was just like nahhh, I'm doing it. All in! Well sounds like we'll be around on the same weekend. See you in the south of England VERY soon. Yay! x

  8. by Elizabeth on February 13, 2017  9:21 am Reply

    That is really exciting! Congrats on finding a place! I love having a base in which to travel from, both coming home and leaving is exciting!

    • by Vicky on February 14, 2017  10:27 am Reply

      Yeah, be nice to end a trip knowing that I don't have to cart all my stuff around and sleep on sofas. I'm going to buy the best duvet and pillows I can afford and just lie in bed for at least three days – reading Harry Potter :).

  9. by Angie Silver on February 13, 2017  9:50 am Reply

    Good luck in South Sea, lovely!

    • by Vicky on February 14, 2017  10:26 am Reply

      Thanks Angie! Looking forward to having a base :)

  10. by Chadwick on February 13, 2017  11:24 am Reply

    I was down in Southsea last autumn for SouthseaFest (http://www.southseafest.com/line-up/) - which was really good. Caught up with a couple of Glastonbury favourites, and completely missed the big headline, finding a cracking Turkish/Greek restaurant instead.
    And Southsea's got a hovercraft, so the Isle of Wight is a just a retro trip away.
    Go and see the Mary Rose while you're local - it's now been mounted upright and on display properly. You sort of walk into the ship.
    Yeah, so I kind of liked Southsea. Good luck!

    • by Vicky on February 14, 2017  10:25 am Reply

      Oh I think I might've seen that restaurant! Ooo that festival looks good. So many! Well excited for the Victorious Festival line up – Stereophonics! So much to do. Hopefully going to feel like I'm on holiday every day, except I don't have to bring my passport. :)

  11. by Kayte on February 13, 2017  1:06 pm Reply

    HUUUURRRAAAAAYYYY. Can't wait for loads more Viki P time xxxxx

    • by Vicky on February 14, 2017  10:23 am Reply

      Very excited to be coming back to England :) Back in my homeland :) xxx

  12. by Vicky on February 13, 2017  6:21 pm Reply

    Hey Vicky! I just moved to Southsea too, sunny day at the beach is pretty awesome :) Hope to see you here one day ;)

    • by Vicky on February 14, 2017  10:08 am Reply

      Ah great news, a friend! Very excited to be spending summer down there. Looks awesome. Glad you're enjoying it :).

  13. by Amy on February 13, 2017  8:11 pm Reply

    Whoa -- I've never been to Southsea, but a decade ago I was an au pair in Southbourne, which was 20 minutes away from Portsmouth by train. We'd go there all the time to shop and drink Mike's Hard Lemonades at the club (lol being twenty).

    I went from nomad to committed expat, and I love it. Definitely don't think I can keep up the pace of nomadic life. Best of luck!

    • by Vicky on February 14, 2017  10:06 am Reply

      Thanks Amy. Yeah, with the pace I travel at it's all got a little crazy. Just need to chill and be in one place for a while :). Glad you had fun down there, I'm looking forward to it!

  14. by Hannah on February 16, 2017  11:50 am Reply

    My boyfriend comes from not too far away from there! It's pretty and you'll be right next to the beach! Plus, like you say, it's super easy to get to London and Portsmouth is close too!

    • by Vicky on February 16, 2017  7:46 pm Reply

      Yay! I feel like it just has EVERYTHING going for it. Anyone who's been tells me how great it is. Excited to move in next Friday! Looks like summer is going to be amazing there :).

  15. by Amy Stainthorpe on February 23, 2017  8:55 am Reply

    Good luck with your move and enjoy your new home! I once made some bunting for Southsea Boutique Market, not sure if it even exists now but always remember thinking how cool it sounded and that I wanted to go. Enjoy living by the sea x

    • by Vicky on February 24, 2017  11:05 pm Reply

      Ah thank Amy. Moved today and so far so good. Beautiful day out there and I'm not far from the beach – think I'm really going to like it here :).

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