We’ve only been on the road for a few months so everything is still new and exciting, but we are taking measures to ensure it stays that way. We don’t want to start longing for home too soon!
Friends and Family
The only thing we have missed, even for a second, are the people in the life we left in the states. It’s actually been easy and cheap to stay in touch with them. We are lucky to travel in a time where there are several options to call for pennies per minute, or even free. We use a combination of several, Facebook has a free call over wifi for friends that are always on (and I can’t remember their number, shhh don’t tell them). For the parents we can either call them from our wifi devices and ring their land line with a free calling app, or if they really want to see our faces we can always use the video services like Skype. The downside to Skype is that you may get some dirty looks in an Internet cafe cause the wifi sucks in Central American, and you will drag everyone else down.
Ok, don’t judge… But sometimes we miss our favorite American tv shows. Our summer favorite is Big Brother (hey, I said don’t judge!) We always look forward to the 3 weekly episodes of drama every summer. However, major US networks don’t let you watch their series in other countries. Hotspot Sheild to the rescue! In addition to keeping our computers safe, the VPN software makes it look like we are somewhere in California and magically Big Brother plays on our laptops.
A taste of home
Okay, now you are really going to judge, but we have eaten at a Mc Donald’s… But in our defense it is probably the prettiest Mc Donald’s in the world. The Ronald Mc Donald statue sits in a beautiful courtyard in Antigua, Guatemala with views of the volcano and the ruins. However gorgeous the surroundings, the food tastes exactly like it does at home, fortunately or unfortunately I guess.
Slow it down
To avoid burnout we have instituted a few rules:
3 night minimum stay (unless the town really sucks) – The first two weeks of our trip we slept in 8 different beds, and packed 8 different times, and rode I don’t know how many buses.
At least one chill out day per week – We can’t go as hard as we normally would on a normal vacation, or we’ll end up hating it.
How do you keep the intensity level up while traveling long term?