Another Season is Upon Us

In the year we were actively traveling, we saw and did things most Americans haven’t, and we consider it a blessing to have the memories of that season. We’ve accomplished everything we initially set out to do but we still want more! Continue reading “Another Season is Upon Us”

Blog 15: The Aftermath

Life After Our Year on the Road

Sorry for the long absence. There were so many Mom Hyatt blogs drafted in the interim between my last official blog post (June 2018) to now (March 2019) that didn’t make it to the final stage of posting. A lot of life was happening in the in-between and I dropped the ball in the content arena. So here we are, in the blink of an eye, summer of 2018 to spring 2019. Time waits for no one.

At this point, we are now living the aftermath of post life on the road. We lovingly refer to this current season as our transition. It’s a gentler word that describes our attempt to go from our life of relative unbound freedom out on the road to getting back into the grind of the daily 9 to 5.

In all honestly, the mental shift that has had to happen diving headfirst back into “normal” life has been THE biggest challenge for me in this transition.

I knew this time would fast approach, and had known from the beginning this would be a hard change. However, knowing and prepping for a big change, and then having to actually live out a transition are two vastly different things. Conversely, this could be said of the transition going from the 9 to 5 TO life on the road. You have to work out the rough patches before you hit that sweet period.

Aside from the mental gymnastics of wrapping my mind and emotions around life back in the city, my full-time job and normal adulting stuff, I wouldn’t necessarily call our current situation rough. (Although by some metrics it might be.) To bring you up to speed, I accepted a full-time healthcare administrative position (totally unexpected and purely on the off-chance while we were on a visit to San Diego), and we are now currently living the hotel life. Or as my husband coined it #2starhotelliving. We stay for about a month in our hotel of choice, and then switch to another hotel. We are currently favoring two hotels located close to my current employer. After roughing it out in nature, I feel like I’m in the lap of luxury. Flushing toilets, showers with unlimited hot water (*most of the time), soft fluffy beds with pillows, climate controls, Wi-Fi and best of all, HOUSEKEEPING. Y’all, when it’s time for beds to get made, the floor to be vacuumed or the toilet to be scrubbed, I flip that DO NOT DISTURB sign over to HOUSEKEEPING PLEASE! Also, did I mention the continental breakfast?!?

The downside, even with my accumulated hotel rewards and benefits, it still cost us a pretty penny for #2starhotelliving. After living so financially lean this past year, it seems like a frivolous indulgence. While I know we are currently in a good place financially to sustain this lifestyle, there have been some weeks when I’ve been tempted to set us up stealth camp style along the beach. I’ve been threatening the family with this, and they seem pretty okay with the idea, should it happen…but until that time, free Wi-Fi and waffles! The craziest fact about our life right now, is it’s actually cheaper to live this way, than to rent anything in the San Diego market. San Diego is our hometown, a place where much of our family resides, and will always be a special place to us, but San Diego is EXPENSIVE.

Bye bye paycheck

As we move further into 2019 and closer to tourist season and hotel rates creep up, I know I need to start seriously looking for a place to rent. Our new (temporary) Home while in San Diego. That idea in and of itself is yet another mental/emotional hurdle I’m trying to overcome. Our time #2starhotelliving to me is the last vestiges of our HFA #HyattFam5 trip. Having to move place to place, even on a monthly basis and in the same city, keeps alive the spirit of our wanderlust and love of travel that fueled Hyatt Family Adventures. I know this isn’t a goodbye to traveling, but rather an until next time…But, it’s still hard to say farewell, even if temporary. So many fun and not so fun times and lots of memories.

Living out of your vehicle
Eating from the best seat in the house

I believe there is a purpose to every season in our lives. Whether we understand it or not. I’ve committed a year to my current employer, and I know that being rooted to one spot is the season we are in (for now).

So as I try to shed the skin of the old season, or rather, wash the dust of travel off, and embrace this new season I’ll try to share my thoughts, and post updates as we continue moving forward and through our aftermath.

How fast they grow! Celebrating their birthdays in San Diego.

Change is Inevitable – Lessons Learned On the Road

I’m compiling some of the lessons and interesting tidbits I’ve learned with the hopes of passing along useful information to fellow wanderers. Especially families of travelers similar to ours.

Life is what it is. It doesn’t take a break just because we’ve decided to step away and do things a little differently. In everyday life, situations and circumstances pop up along our paths forcing us to make decisions. Challenges and opportunities create a fork in our road, which is how Hyatt Family Adventures started in the first place. The truth is simple: there is always a choice; always options. We may not like our choices but that doesn’t change the fact the they are there. We could go back the way we came, continue with no change, start in a new direction, or forge our own way. The exciting/scary part comes from deciding on and then implementing a drastic change to the right, left or into the unknown.

Continue reading “Change is Inevitable – Lessons Learned On the Road”

10 Reasons to Nix the #travellife

Is #travellife a fad? Can a travel lifestyle be sustainable and enjoyable? Will I ruin my future by detaching from the norm and letting the road sweep me off my feet? Will people be accepting of my lifestyle choice? These are only a few of the questions I’ve asked myself since #hyattfam5 took off in the winter of 2017. The short answer to all the questions that plague me is: Yes. However you plan to do it: car, hotel, van, SUV, bicycle, backpack, helicopter… maybe you shouldn’t. Continue reading “10 Reasons to Nix the #travellife”