I am sure this makes me seem a little bit weird but I have decided to be honest here … although I love exploring new places, learning about new cultures and finding out the history of an area, I also love the days when we stay on a campsite and do the chores; the laundry, clean the ‘van and generally chill out. There is something smuggly satisfying about a line full of laundry drying in the sun, particularly when you have washed it all by hand. I also find that on a long trip away in the camper, when we are travelling for a few months, I need a day every now and then when my brain gets a break from having to absorb new ideas and sights and I can just concentrate on simple things like cleaning, reading and writing.
When we are away for more than a week we need to wash clothes, bedding and towels. Sometimes we pay to use the campsite washing machine but often we will wash by hand. All our clothes are ‘technical’ which means they dry in an hour or so. Our duvet covers and sheets are thin cotton that don’t take too long to dry and we use hamman cotton towels and travel towels rather than heavy towelling. This all means that laundry is stress-free. We often wash underwear and t-shirts as we go as they dry so quickly.
So yes it might be just a little weird to enjoy these days but they give me space to process all the new things we have seen on a trip. One day is enough though. After a chilled out day I am ready to hit the road and find new places once again.