There I am, stuck in a small seat on one of the planes of a low-cost airline. I love the rise of low-cost airlines all over the world: ten years ago I paid three times as much for this exact same flight, but it’s moments like this I wished I was short and could travel without luggage…
Ah well, just two hours and I’ll be in Spain!
I packed up everything. I managed to rent out my apartment for the summer so all my personal belongings ended up in a small number of boxes. Boxes that most of these belongings have seen many times before.
It felt weird though. Putting some clothes in a suitcase and getting on a plane feels a lot less permanent than having that same suitcase in your hand but now while looking around an empty apartment, placing a note on the dinner table for the tenant, knowing that this will be his home for the next few months and not yours…
Every time I leave I feel both very excited and very sad.
Each time I wonder if this is the right thing to do. I have just spent two months in The Netherlands and enjoyed myself quite well. It was great to catch up with family and with friends I’ve known for years. I traveled around the country quite a bit, made some new friends, enjoyed the comforts of a (reasonably) well-organized country and got to stay in my own house, surrounded by my own things. Even the weather was quite favorable this time.
So why would I leave all of this behind? Is there something wrong with my life? No, I don’t think there is. Is there something wrong with The Netherlands then? Well, no country is perfect, that I do know by now, but The Netherlands definitely does have a lot going for it.
I think the reason I travel is simple: it’s the excitement of traveling or temporarily moving abroad and the challenges it will make you face. I love the thrill, even the fear of things going wrong and especially the joy of things working out: when you meet a few amazing people, see new things, taste new food and learn new life lessons.
Moraira is the place where my life abroad started. I was 17 when I first spent a summer working here and I eventually ended up living in Moraira for more than four years. So the beginning of this trip really isn’t new. It’s catching up with a past life. But, with a one-way ticket and plans for the rest of summer that haven’t been finalized yet I have no idea where I will end up this time…
In a way I kinda like the excitement of not knowing what will happen and I’m sure it will turn into an interesting new adventure one way or the other!
Are you traveling to Spain? Then you might want to read:
- What to See & Do When Visiting Valencia – A Practical Travel Guide
- Moraira, Costa Blanca: What to See & Do in This Town I Once Called Home
- What Not to Miss In Soller, Mallorca – Tips From an Expat
Or you can find an overview of all my articles about Spain here.