After almost 10 months, 50,000+ miles, and 22 countries we have decided to let the cat out of the bag, we are heading home this week! I know what you are thinking “wait, you sold your home“, oh yeah.
Hmmmm OK we are flying back to Texas this week!!!
Other things you might be thinking “what about China and Northern Europe?” Oh, you weren’t thinking that?
Well I will tell you anyways, we do want to see them. But we want to make sure to see them when we are ready. We want that same excitement we had when first leaving for our RTW trip. We don’t want to do ourselves an injustice by just simply walking through the motions within their surroundings.
What led us to this decision was after many months of fast travel in very simple conditions as well as when the unusual became the norm, the norm became redundant, and another historical or picturesque site was just another site. Even though travel can appear luxurious through picture highlights from afar the reality is our daily lives consisted of living through logistics:
Step 1 – Figure out what you want to see
Step 2 – Choose your destination
Step 3 – Determine how to get there
Step 4 – Plan accommodations, food, and tours within budget
Step 5 – Accomplish what you came to see
And what we have seen has been amazing! We wouldn’t trade it for the world! (wait it is the world, hmm).
Still you know what I am getting at. Some of the best travel advice we received came from a hostel owner in Mendoza Argentina – “I hear people coming through here complaining all the time how they are tired and just want to go home. So I tell them GO HOME! They think they have to just keep going because it’s what they set out to do.”
We have enjoyed our time around the world immensely and even though we feel we are cutting the trip a bit short by not seeing China and Northern Europe we know there is always the future! So what’s next you ask? (OK I will stop putting questions in your mouth).
We are going to be traveling around Texas and Oklahoma visiting family and friends over the next few weeks. Then we will be heading back to Austin to look for a place to live and jobs. Who knows if we can’t find jobs I hear flights to Iceland are pretty cheap this time of year 😉