We have left Gran Canaria and arrived in Tenerife. This week’s thoughts from the road are about vacation, vaycay, staycation or whatever you want to call it. Because how awkward does it sound when I say that I would really love a vacation? We are traveling and exploring full time – how can we talk about vacation?
From Gran Canaria to Tenerife
Since Gran Canaria has so much to offer, we stayed almost two months on the island. Finally, we felt that we needed to move on so that we could explore some of Tenerife to! And it was super easy. We came to the harbor about 16.30 and then we were on the ferry by 18.00, no reservations, nothing.
And then about 80 minutes later we arrived in Tenerife. We have checked into a camping (the best so far since our arrival to the Canary Islands) and are getting some work done. Next in line is to make a plan for our weeks here in Tenerife. After that, it is time to make a trip to Sweden and get some work done. Mini will be traveling the country, taking pictures and I will be freelancing for the local newspaper.
Working mode all the time
I do believe that we have the best job in the world! We get to travel all the time and explore new countries and new destinations all the time. But it also means that we are never really free of work. Each time we visit a city, a museum or even when we go diving – we are always working. Mini, taking pictures in different angles and trying to squeeze in some videos. Me, taking notes – both on paper and mental.
And every time we go to a restaurant it’s the same thing. Is this a good place? Will we write a post on it? Will it be mentioned in an article? All the time, every day and even at night. Several ideas for articles come to me when I sleep. I wake up and have a plan for something new. Our brains are always in work mode!
We love our way of living – creating content
And at the same time, I love the saying “If you do something you love you will never work another day in your life”. We love what we do and we often talk about how lucky we are to be able to live this way. It has been three years now since we became full-time travelers and we wouldn’t want to change it. But I would love to be able to “shut my brain off”. We would love to book a liveaboard diving trip and just leave the cameras and computers in the motorhome.
At the same time that would not work. We need to constantly find new things that we can write about. Sure it’s easy to complain but at the same time, I’m pretty sure that the second my computer is gone, I would miss it. It has become a lifestyle, a part of us and we don’t want to change it!
Workcation is the way to go
My best friend has a really popular podcast. She does Swedens largest true crime pod and we are super proud of her. “Mordpodden” is a full-time job for her and at the same time, she is often talking about taking the weekends off and not work. For us that sounds impossible. For her, it’s the only way that works. She works Monday to Friday and then she hangs with her family and friends on weekends.
I admire that – her way of being able to leave the work and do something else. And now I notice that it sounds like we are glued to the camera and computer 24 hours a day and that’s not true either. But at the end of the day, the computer is likely to be up and some sort of writing is done. Now we are going to do a test for “Allt om Resor” and we will be trying out walking poles and hiking boots. What better place to do that than in the Canary Islands! That will be a great workcation.
Are there any other digital nomads or full time travelers reading this – it would be great to hear how you separate work from life!