Another Life Update: I Moved to Hampshire Again!

Things to do in Nepal

Remember last year, when I decided I was off to Mexico indefinitely, and then came home after five weeks? And then when I decided I was done with solo travel and moved to Hampshire in the UK? And then four months later when I decided I was done with that and went off solo travelling round Central America? Well, now I’ve made yet another U-turn.

You may have noticed – I’m a little bit indecisive sometimes! I used to think it was some huge problem, and that I needed to make some kind of major life decision and stick to it. But I can’t do that. Commitment scares me and I never know when I might change my mind. Plus, I have two very different sides of myself who both want different things (I like to imagine them locked in some kind of eternal lightsaber battle inside my soul). Sometimes I want stability and community and my version of a “normal life”. Other times I want crazy adventures and an endless road in front of me. It’s pretty hard to marry up those two desires – and all my various “I’m doing this… no, wait, I’m doing this” posts of the past year or so are proof of that.

Playing photo-shoots in Havana at the end of my Central America trip!

What I decided was to stop stressing about the long term and do what feels right for now. And for now, moving back to the UK felt like the right move for me. An opportunity came up to move in with one of my favourite people – fellow blogger Vicky Flip Flop, in my new-found-favourite town of Southsea. So here I am!

I arrived yesterday and I’m really excited to be here. It’s nice to have a place to actually put down a few roots – however temporarily. And to be able to go splunk Β£60 in Primark without worrying about where I’m going to put all my new stuff! And to actually use my Playstation once in a while.

August Travel Round Up

Loving life in sunny Southsea last summer!

Perhaps in a few months I’ll be ready for another long trip again, but I’m not sure I will. Much as I love travel, I think I love the idea of the digital nomad lifestyle more than the actual reality of it. It’s nice to have a home to come back to – and I think in all honesty the longest I can do at a time is about six weeks. All of my best trips have been six weeks, so clearly that’s the optimum trip length.

I’ll still be travelling lots despite the move. Over the next couple of months I have some seriously exciting trips planned – and I’m working on finalising a few more. Here’s what I’ve got for now…

On my big Central America trip last year

This week – Florida!

First up is Florida. Me and Vicky are heading there on Thursday and I’m seriously excited for some winter sunshine. We’re headed to Stuart in Martin CountyΒ on the Atlantic CoastΒ in search of seafood, sunshine, and – um – something else that starts with S.

And then we’re going to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios where I will promptly die of over excitement.

Miami food and drink

This happened last time I went to Florida. So I have high hopes for this visit!

Next month – India!

Oooh I’m excited about this trip. So flipping excited.

Last week I found out that I was picked as one of the 60 bloggers heading on the Great Indian Blog Train. Eight days on a luxury train touring some of India’s highlights and eating ALL the amazing Indian food. Sign. Me. Up.

It’s going to be ridiculously amazing and I was thrilled to get picked. I might stick around for a few days after the train to go exploring on my own (give myself a little solo travel fix so I don’t start getting withdrawal symptoms). So if you have any fab recommendations for India hook me up!

March – Belfast

March is as far ahead as I’ve reached right now, because plans are hard! But it looks like I’ll be off to Belfast to discover a little bit more of Northern Ireland for a weekend. I’m big on exploring more of the UK so I’m excited to see what Belfast is all about.

Hoping to head somewhere in Europe soon too…

I might hop over to somewhere lovely and European too on the hunt for cheese and wine and such, but I still need to figure out the plans for that.

So that’s my little life update and my upcoming plans. I’ll keep you posted about how it goes. Or maybe I won’t since you’re probably all sick of hearing my latest life plans. Sorry…

About Emily Luxton

An award-winning writer and travel blogger on a mission to explore the world through deeper, more intelligent travel. Seeking out adventure, cultural exchanges, food experiences and more as she attempts to get to know the world. Lover of the great outdoors, sunsets, good food, and the odd bit of luxury!

12 Comments

  1. Your India trip sounds so bloody exciting you lucky thing! I can’t wait to hear and read all about it πŸ™‚

  2. Sounds great Emily! I don’t see why you can’t do both, I view it as having a basecamp to launch your travels and expeditions from!

    For some the nomadic lifestyle suits them, and for others I think there’s a badge of honour for how long they’ve been continuously living abroad. I think you’ve just got to do what feels right πŸ™‚

    • You’re exactly right. I LOVE backpacking and long term travels, especially when it’s a long time spent in one country. But I’m also really close to my family and there are a lot of them, and I’m sick of missing birthdays and not being around for things. Plus travelling all the time brings out the worst in me – I’m not naturally hard working or proactive and I’ll never get anywhere with my blog or work goals if I have the opportunity to go out and play in the sunshine all day!

      Going to give myself a homebase for most of this year and try to plan some awesome travels in between that πŸ™‚ Looking forward to it!

  3. This is literally my exact life right not! I’ve been trying to live abroad but keep having dreams about being poor at 60! I’m moving back home to the UK to sort some long term goals too!

    • Hahaha same here! I definitely work harder and make more money when I’m at home and that’s really important to me right now. Living abroad gives me the excuse not to work hard because I need so little to live off (in the right countries) and there are so many distractions. But I’d also like to buy a house one day and not live off state pension in 30 years. So I need to work a bit harder and actually make money instead of a living!

  4. It’s so lovely that you’ve found somewhere else that steals your heart, but in England. Also, living with Vicky – how perfect is that!

    • I know πŸ˜€ Casa de Bloggers haha. We’ll have to throw a party and have everyone round sometime! I’m so happy to be back here in Southsea, definitely feels like the right move for now! x

  5. even with your blog – it can be hard to keep up with you!

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