Travelling is great and it’s really every Au Pairs dream. That’s why you come to Au Pair right? Other than people saving; you’ve come to travel and experience the culture which is fantastic and you should live your best life because you deserve it.
I made the decision to stop travelling when I got to the states again. I have been travelling a lot over the last year and a half and while I absolutely LOVE it and love experiencing the culture; the food and the experience as a whole. I’m just tired. While in Europe I would travel pretty much every weekend. Whether it was different places in The Netherlands or neighbouring countries, I travelled and I loved every moment of it but I didn’t enjoy doing “nothing” on the weekend. I didn’t relish in the fact that I’m in this amazing city filled with amazing things because I always just wanted to try see everything. What I learnt from that is that you can’t see everything and if you’re always travelling the next best tourist spot you’re not going to enjoy your current place so when I came back to New York I told myself I will take a couple months off of travelling and experience the place I spent two years in previously.
I’m enjoying finding new coffee shops and thrift stores. I’m enjoying Saturday brunch dates and popping into the city for a couple hours and not the entire day. I’m taking it day by day and researching local places to see; do and eat at in my area or near by and I don’t regret it. I don’t regret not travelling and I don’t regret not using my money for travel. I still experience things and I see the culture and the food and the people. I just see it more in my area now.
Don’t feel the need to constantly travel. Sometimes it’s okay to just go to brunch with a friend or sit in a park for a couple hours! Everyone’s experience is different and don’t look the same so remember that and remember it is YOUR life and you should do what you feel is best for you.