But if you look at this blog, or at my Facebook page or Twitter profile or even on Instagram, one of my favourite social media toys of late, you wouldn't know it. In fact you'd be more likely to think I'd been hit by a bus.
And this is why I am definitely not cut out to be the typical modern-day travel blogger. You know, the ones who regularly post about their current location and keep everyone up-to-date with their movements around the globe. Not that there's anything wrong with that in the slightest, and I love following people who do this, but it's not for me.
It started out as part of my general social media caution and the simple thing of not wanting to advertise that my home back in Perth was currently empty. I'm not sure why this bothers me so much (but it's the same reason that I rarely post about my location on Facebook when I am home in Perth but out and about somewhere), but it's just how I am. In fact, if a burglar did want to target my house I'd probably prefer they did it while I was travelling because most of our precious things are with us then!
But beyond that caution, I have to admit I really just like to be able to focus on the here and now of travel. My long backpacking years all took place before mobile internet was a reality and so I'm used to being somewhat disconnected while I'm on the road. I do appreciate now the ease of using WiFi and my smartphone to be able to check up on emails and Facebook while I'm travelling and I did look at both regularly, but I didn't feel the need to get too engaged with it and I loved having this break. My mother got regular emails (and I did like the fact that using a smartphone and WiFi meant I could easily send her photos of what we were up to) and I occasionally commented on Facebook statuses, but I didn't post anything myself (and therefore didn't need to "talk back" to anyone who interacted with me on my own posts)
I'm absolutely certain this is not recommended travel blogging practice. But it's the way I like to do things. I've got lots of stories and thoughts to share resulting from this trip and I'll be getting these together over the next couple of months. I know already that I'll really savour that process, which will be a bit like reliving my trip again, and the posts that come out of it will be far superior to what I would have put together in the limited free moments I had during my trip. And I think for my particular kind of travel blog, where it's not so much about the destination as the experience, then letting my experiences mature a bit in my mind will actually make what you read better. So, apologies for the break in transmission, and stay tuned for some tales of new lessons learnt in life abroad. As always, there were plenty. Watch this space!