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I’m not complaining… okay, maybe a little. Well, I’d like to think of it merely as sentimentality.
It’s not easy living far from those you love.
I’m assuming the majority of you reading this travel often and, therefore, know what it’s like being away from those you care about. And I’m not talking about a few days or a week... I mean months or years.
Thank you technology. Thank you FaceTime on my iPhone, thank you Facebook, thank you airplanes (although I also hate you)! In this globalized world we’re not as “alone” as we think we are.
Sure, I have my friends here in Nashville, and yes I love them - in the sense of the friend “love.” However, my parents and sister are in Japan; my brother, sister-in-law, and niece are in California; my boyfriend is in New York; and the rest of all my family is in Brazil.
Remember, not complaining – just a sentimental moment! I know, I know… one could think, “That means you have all those cool places to visit!” Yes, that’s very true and I'm aware of that. I'm very lucky to have so many people I love spread around the world and to have shared so many trips with them.
Or one could also think, “Liz, yes, you’re complaining. Now quit it because I also live far from those I love.” If that’s you, write me on here and let’s be friends.
According to a statistic I made up, about 70% of people move out of their hometowns. Because the world seems to be getting smaller and traveling now is quick and convenient (maybe not financially convenient), many people want to leave their hometowns, they want to pursue their dreams and passions, want to explore, and sometimes just want a change - all knowing that anywhere is just a drive or flight away.
We Need More Vacation Time
With my family being so widespread it makes it difficult to even get together for the holidays. Not only that, but to travel means taking time off from work, and we're only allowed so much of that. This is when I wish the U.S. could be like European countries and provide employees with 4-6 weeks of vacation a year! Doesn’t that sound a bit more like living?!
The next few months will bring the holidays, and I’m still not quite sure what I’m doing for them, or if I’ll even be able to go anywhere.
I just got back from a two-week trip to Brazil this Sunday (more on that on another post), and while sitting in my grandma’s living room I was reminded of every Christmas we spent there, my entire family – grandma, aunts, uncles, and cousins. Everyone sitting around the dining table for our Christmas dinner and then doing our exchange of gifts by the tree in the living room. There was always so much talking over each other, so much laughing, parents yelling at the kids to not touch the ornaments on the Christmas tree, board games until 4a.m., and me always, somehow, tearing my new tights.
The Darker Side of Distance
Yesterday there was a death in my family. My great-uncle passed away from cancer. While I wasn’t extremely close to him, I did see him fairly often when I lived in Brazil, and also on all the previous visits I made there after moving to the U.S.
Unfortunately, I didn’t get to see him this time because he was in Brasilia enjoying time with his family there, knowing he wouldn't be around for much longer.
Five years ago my grandpa passed away unexpectedly. I got the news while sitting at a coffeeshop in my college town with some friends. My mom called and informed me while also asking how to get a hold of my dad. At that time, my parents were living in the U.S., but my dad was away on a business trip in Japan. She finally got a hold of him and he took the first flight he could to the U.S., picked up my mom, and they flew to Brazil together.
That’s the dark side of distance - when tragic moments strike and you sit there feeling absolutely alone and helpless. You can’t be comforted by family, you didn’t get a chance for a proper goodbye, and there’s no time to attend a funeral (in Brazil funerals are the day following the death).
Make the Best of It
Like I said, I'm lucky. I have an amazing family, a wonderful boyfriend, and many friends all spread around the world that I know will all greet me with open arms. The fact that I know that even with the distance is reason enough to feel comforted.
You know all those cliché sayings about making every moment count?
Yeah, do that.
Spread that love.
As always, happy travels!
Hi there! I'm Skeeter. I grew up moving a lot and that makes me a bit restless for travel and exploration. I started this blog with my husband Pat when we decided to backpack New Zealand for a year. We are always looking for the next adventure and are loving life. We're just your average couple with two sassy dogs and a love for travel. We're sharing our travels and the tips we pick up along the way.
Hello! I'm Liz. Blogging is very new to me, but I'm so excited to finally write as much as I talk!
"Don't forget to travel happy"-Skeeter & Liz