Why Sometimes it’s Good to Go Back to Reality

Waiting to go home is always the hardest part of travelling.


Sad to leave all this? You bet. But needs must.

I’m writing these words from a sunny terrace overlooking a hotel swimming pool in Sant’Agnello di Sorrento. Tomorrow I’ll be writing different words from an untidy desk at my office in Salford back in the UK. The buzz of Vespas and the aroma of lemon trees will feel much further away than the facts of geography dictate.

We’ll be leaving this afternoon, taking a coach back to Naples airport. And I can already feel my heart’s weight growing heavier at the thought of it. Returning to reality always stings. Even while I’m still here, trying to open a box labelled “Sorrento” in my mind, cramming it full of countless sounds and sights and smells, I’m struggling not to think about the 1001 things I’ll inevitably need to do when I get home.

How many emails will I have to answer? Will any bills have landed in the letter box? Did I leave any wet washing in the machine? I’ve only been gone a week, yet it might as well have been a year. But such is the beauty of part-time travel for me. It means switching off from my real life completely and enjoying every second of a trip with total carefree enjoyment.

I often wonder whether travelling full-time and trying to sustain a living whilst doing so would change the travel experience for me. I’m convinced that it would, which is precisely why I don’t do it. Instead, I work a full-time job with all the usual worries that come with it. But when evening comes, I get looking and get booking for my next day, weekend or fortnight of pure bliss. It’s what makes the working week worthwhile, and now that I think about it, leaving this place behind doesn’t make me feel quite so sad.

I’m going back to the job that keeps me travelling. What’s so bad about that?


  • Naomi says:

    I think we need a bit of reality to make us appreciate the times we have travelling!

  • Lucy says:

    I think the anticipation before a trip and the reliving afterwards are such an important part of enjoying your travels, and you do miss that a bit of you’re onto one place after the next. Even something you love can become mundane after long enough.

    Look forward to reading your take on Sorrento – the pics so far have made me desperate to get back there soon!

    • Clare says:

      I would hate to think I’d ever be in a position where travelling became a chore. And I do love the anticipation of a trip so much. Even a stupid thing like pondering my packing lists is enough to keep me entertained!

      There’ll be plenty to come on Sorrento and the other places I visited (Amalfi Coast, Pompeii, Capri). I took more photos than ever before…

      Thanks Lucy.

  • Sofie says:

    Love the point you make at the end of the this post.
    I try to combine a full time job with traveling and blogging as well and I must say I’m glad I found your blog.
    Love how you focus on both!

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