Going from 12+ hours of work each day to, well, having nothing really planned, takes adjustments. Let me share with you how my day now unfolds.
Truth be told, I rarely venture out of bed before 8am, often later, especially since my hernia operation and my ban on exercise. Coffee is the order of the day and until Malaysia we would stumble down to the beach-side Thai restaurant for the fix. In Thailand, coffee would be followed by breakfast of omelet and toast. Here in Malaysia I can score the coffee in bed ( thank you lovely wife) before we venture out for that amazing Indian dosa and vada breakfast meal.
While most people have already spent 2-3 hours at work by 10am, I will be just be paying for breakfast.
Mid morning for us is the best time to explore because everyone is well fed and no one is tired just yet. We try and cover a couple of small things or one large tourist site per day. Any more and the kids loose interest and it just isn’t worth it. That’s the whole point of the travel we like to do, no rushing around, blankly staring at everything but noticing nothing. This suits me as much as the kids.
Lunch time rolls around and we are normally pretty hungry so we start looking for a lunch venue. It is tempting to find a great place and keep returning but sometimes you crave variety, as we did today. Unfortunately it wasn’t to be, our meal promised a lot and delivered nothing, still, it did make us laugh at the portion size. The trials and tribulations of traveling I guess. Lunch is as unhurried as breakfast as we catch our breath and relax while the sun starts its drop down to evening.
The afternoon can go either way, doing absolutely nothing or going out and seeing something new. Usually we will take it easy after lunch though, a lovely time to head back to the room and put our feet up. We chill out and read, play a game or 20 of UNO, Boo’s favourite. Alyson will of course do some work at this stage to stay on top of her blog. I on the other hand, am only really slowly getting a grip on it. Blogging is all a bit tricky on a tiny phone and I don’t have her drive and commitment.
So you see, we don’t rush around seeing every little thing there is to see, nor do we spend a fortune on keeping ourselves entertained and fed. In fact life isn’t much different to home except we are together without work ringing up every 2 hours asking endless questions. We can all eat together, something which was all but unheard of in Australia or London. On top of all this new found family time we actually get to experience new countries and foods as we slowly move around the world. All that will change next year of course as we have booked a transatlantic cruise and 3 months in the Americas. We will be together and enjoying even more excitement before work calls me back to top up the travel funds.