| Angie Counios

Traveling and writing: the first time (for real)

I wrote this first part on the airplane with the intention of finishing it at the end of summer when my travels were done and comparing the front end of my trip to the tail end to see how traveling and writing works for me.


(Working title) Practice run, but not running.

Based on what Dave and I imagine if this writing career takes off, we will be doing a lot more traveling with flexible schedules. He'll be with his family and I'll be off exploring. The work week will definitely change.

I'm sort of doing a practice run of what this projected work life will look like for me as I travel.

I plan to work on various projects while away: the blog post, a section of the book, some personal short stories, and the newsletter.

The idea is that with a laptop and some Wifi I can write just about anywhere. I've proved to myself that even with a full time job, I am committed enough to write.

I won't be at home so the main challenge is distraction.

I’m not in my office at home or my backyard (the alternative home office). Currently I’m in an airplane. When I land I will be in someone else’s house or the local coffee shop working away. Can I say ‘get lost’ and leave me alone while I work? Can I stick to what I want and get it done? I mean, I haven’t even mastered saying 'no' to people offering me food. And then I feel bad when I’ve eaten what I didn’t even want to eat in the first place. So can I say ‘leave me be while I work’ on holidays? I hope so…we’ll find out…in a few weeks and I will finish this post then.


A few weeks later I wrote the second part...

(Working Title) Reality Hits:

I think almost everyone has placed preconceived ideas on an experience, right? You plan a holiday with your beloved and you imagine walking on the beach hand in hand or partying it up, eating at great restaurants, drinking wine, endless conversations but all you end up doing is spending too much time eating wings or walking around IKEA. They keep you up snoring and getting lost is not a fun adventure but a total stress out. You totally miss the mark on what you imagined.

And man, did I miss the mark on what traveling and writing would look like!

I’m back in Canada and holidays are almost done.

What I imagined was not what happened…this test run of writing while on holidays was an epic FAIL!!

Okay, maybe it wasn’t epic, but I sure didn’t achieve the desired outcome of writing and traveling.

Here’s why: My computer died.

Okay, maybe not completely, but the connector to electricity wasn’t working so it couldn’t hold a charge. It wouldn’t shut down properly therefore I wasn’t able to work in that stream lined way I imagined in my head while I was at my summer destination. Sometimes it turned on and sometimes it didn’t. It was so frustrating!

I put everything in place to make sure that I wouldn’t have any troubles, taking my laptop in for a check-up before I left. I received a clean bill of health on Mr. Laptop but sometimes life just happens and stuff breaks. And we have to roll with the punches.

So thanks to the help of my generous friends, their laptops, desktops, my digital hand held device, and WiFi passwords all over northern Greek restaurants and cafés and Google I did get some work done. People did not get in my way at all (technology did). I asked for time to write and everyone was beautifully understanding.

I did manage to write a couple of blog posts in my month away. I kept up with the newsletter. I read through the sections of the book I needed to and made comments that I sent back to Dave.

I think my lesson is more about the bubble bursting on the romantic notion that I would be tapping away at my computer on the beach or the balcony overlooking the city, writing, reflecting, drinking ouzo, and living some literary life abroad for a month…Ha!! Not even a little bit!!!

I won't go into my next holiday with that same idea in mind. It doesn’t mean that I can’t do some work while I'm away. I can. I did. But I also realize that there are often hurdles when I'm out of my routine and they can cause a lot of frustration, as can unrealistic goals.

I'm a down-to-earth girl.

So, Angie, let's not do that silly romantic daydream writing thing again!! Just do your best and move forward.

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