Usually, I am moving hostels every couple days or at most, a week. However, for the last three weeks, I have been living at Base Backpackers in Queenstown. Staying in one place for so long has been a massive change of pace for my usual lifestyle.
This morning as I was packing my things, and preparing to move on I started reflecting on my life the last few weeks and how much I loved it. These are four reasons why I think, every now and again you need to slow down your journey and spend a little time getting to know the city you are in.
I Needed a Break from Moving
When people ask me how I can move so much, I tell them that travel is in my DNA. While I am traveling, I feel alive and feel like I am doing what I was meant to do. However, that doesn't mean I don't need a break from it. Staying put over the last three weeks has been a nice time to relax. I didn’t have the stress of figuring out what bus I needed to catch, rushing to the airport, or researching how to get from point A to point B.
It has been nice to stay put in the same room, not travel and not have to pack my bags every few days. Base was a great hostel for me to take a break and recharge my travel batteries.
I Needed A Group of Friends
One amazing thing about my lifestyle is that I get to meet a lot of awesome people from all over the world. However, one disadvantage of never staying put is that almost as fast as I make friends, I have to say goodbye to them. Traveling long-term means hitting a reset button on your life almost weekly. I constantly have to make friends from scratch.
Base Backpackers in an extremely friendly hostel and staying put the last three weeks has given me the opportunity to make some good friends and get to know them. Meeting new people from all over world almost daily is something I love, but it has also been rewarding to have a circle of friends for the last few weeks.
Queenstown is Epic
Settling in Queenstown has been unforgettable. The city has a good atmosphere; there are a lot of things to do, and the people are friendly. Of course, the fact that you have epic views of snowy mountains almost everywhere in town doesn't hurt either.
Few places have been able to hold my attention like Queenstown and it is a city I will return to over and over again. As the town is so small, most of the hostels are centrally located so it's easy to make your way around. Base is right downtown and just a few minutes walk from my favorite restaurants and bars in town.
A Needed a Break from Spontaneity
Normally, I despise routine. It is one of the reasons I have chosen the lifestyle of traveling. However, I found myself getting into a fun little daily schedule at Base. There is the saying by Paulo Coelho, which says, "if yoou think adventure is dangerous then try routine - it's lethal". However, in this case, a routine is just what I needed at the time.
During the day, I would work. In the afternoons, I would go on some adventures like the Shotover Canyon Swing or Queenstown Hill. In the evening, I would head to Loco for a pint and the pool competition. Having a routine was relaxing in a strange way and it let me get caught up on some work and still have time for a ton of adventures.
My three weeks at Base Queenstown was just what I needed to recharge my travel batteries, make some lasting friendships, and get caught up on some work. If you are looking for a good place to stay put for a while, then I would recommend Base and Queenstown as perfect options. Now, my wanderlust and adventures are calling and soon, it will be time to venture back onto the road.
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