Sitting at my desk a month or so after our return it seems almost like we haven’t been away and that there hadn’t been a seven month gap since I last sat in this chair.
I haven’t forgotten that in those seven months we followed Moses’s footsteps up Mount Sinai, walked in the desert, swam over coral reefs, waited out the Egyptian revolution, swore at numerous taxi drivers in Beirut, stayed in a cave, walked around the Byzantine walls of Diyabakir and crossed the Tigris under an orange sky in Iraq. Those things happened to Traveller Shane, not to Home Shane.
Traveller Shane is different to me. Whereas I won’t walk the length of myself without complaint he is willing to walk for miles and climb mountains. Though not, it must be said, without some moaning. Even when it was his idea.
He sometimes wakes up in the morning, spends a lot of time outside and even catches the sun occasionally. I don’t do these things very often. If I really do have to go outside in daylight hours I hop from shadey bit to shadey bit to maintain my pale and interesting exterior. Despite four years living in a country that rarely sees a cloud for two thirds of the calendar I constantly get asked if I have just arrived from a colder northern climate.
Now we are back home things are going to change a little with The Working Traveller. Since January we have been focusing almost exclusively on travel and on the regions we have been travelling around.
We still have a lot of material to shape into articles and illustrations of the regions we have until recently been travelling through but we will intermix these more with posts about other parts of the world. We will get back to our original mission of posting researched articles on working abroad and volunteering too.
We will have to make the stories of our own experiences last. For the time being we are grounded. The downside of all the fun and adventure we have been privileged to enjoy is we are now skint. Neither of us have any complaints though. We both knew this was the price we would pay for an extended period of travel.
Though our feet will get itchy again very soon we are content for the time being to have our own internet connection and workspace. There is only so much that can be done perched on the end of a bed bumming wifi from the more expensive hotel across the road.
We have come away from our travels with plenty of ideas for this website and for the others we are planning. Long bus journeys have been put to good use thinking about the future and we have learned a lot about our own capabilities and those of our websites. Though we have travelled extensively in the past and maintained websites along the way we now have a better idea of what to expect in maintaining a more regular blog format on the move.
Though the Jobs Abroad Bulletin suffered at times we maintained our rate of posting every four days to The Working Traveller. I don’t think we missed a post. Our main site, the Overseas Job Centre, is overdue an extensive rewrite and design change though.
Ultimately we plan to move to a Monday to Friday posting schedule for The Working Traveller, but are not sure when. I have held myself back from doing this twice so far. I’m only just beginning to get my writing game back on since we walked through our own front door and have plenty of other things to do both for the future and to catch up. We have outstanding email older than some of our readers.
I had more posts scheduled for the future while we were on the move than I do now. Clearly I thrive better when deadlines are tighter and when there is so much to see and do outside it doesn’t do to waste a writing day inside.
We will shortly be making a commitment to our (semi) permanent status by getting a Turkish residence permit but will uproot ourselves and be on the move again sooner or later. Until then we’ll be content at home even if we do occasionally cast jealous looks at other travellers beginning their own exciting journeys.
We are going to need some current travellers who we can live vicariously through for the next year or two. If you, or someone you know, are about to begin your own travels and are maintaining a blog why not tell us about it in the comments below.