Although I’m obviously the same person, some of my habits change when I’m traveling. What exactly changes, depends on the destination and the company. Here, in New York, my home away from home, I do the following. Very random.
- Change my breakfast routine from eating everything that’s available back at home in Amsterdam (and I mean everything: eggs, yogurt, fruit, leftovers from dinner the day before) to having steel cut oats every day with some cranberries.
- Getting up at 7 AM on a daily basis. This NEVER happens when I’m in Amsterdam, I’m not a morning person at all, and I love bed. It might be the jetlag, but I’m going strong with the early rises these days. I’ve always wanted to be that person, and look at me, here I am.
- My style changes while I’m in NYC, I tend to dress more “funky” or “eclectic” than the bit more boring neutrals I sport back home.
- I do my groceries in advance. Not like a week, but I try to plan to get everything before I actually need it. In Amsterdam I always just go to the store the moment I realize I should probably start cooking.
- I don’t have to wash my hair every other day. Due to the consistency of the water here I can wait a few days.
- We don’t have a TV and a pretty unreliable internet connection, so Ralph and I are being challenged by entertaining ourselves and each other the old school way (what did we do before Instagram and Google again?).
- I drink regular coffee or Americanos instead of my usual espresso macchiato.
- I plan ahead, which allows me to do more and see more than I usually do at home. After 6 years in Amsterdam I still have museums I need to go to and neighborhoods I need to explore. Just because I could do so anytime of the year, I keep on postponing it – ending up not doing it at all. Here, I do still feel like my time is more limited, so I try to squeeze more in. Farmers market (I always wanted to be this person too, but never get myself out of bed on time to actually go) on Saturday: yes! Brooklyn on Sundays, big yes!
- My productivity rises. I try to be more wise about the way I schedule my day and meetings. The early mornings help, so I can get my emails done while Europe is still at work, and edit plus plan posts. With a successful morning behind me, I try to do as much as I can before it gets dark again (which is around 4.30PM ish) so I can hop out and enjoy the city for a bit. Upon my return I answer the last batch of emails before dinner. Mixing work and pleasure!
- I started reading again. Now this has something to do with number 6 I mentioned above, and something I hope to keep on doing when I do have my other entertainment sorted again. I always loved reading when I was younger, and did so every moment I got, but then during my university years I had to read SO MUCH (I studied history, red.) that I sort of got out of it. The only moment I still properly read is when I’m on a holiday – which rarely happens.
So these were a few very random facts about me in New York, a fun way to get to know me a little better. Now I’m wondering, do you have any special habits that you develop when you’re abroad? Tell me!