Cat’s out of the Bag

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 😉

About Dustin Orrick

Techie, TreeHugger, Outdoor Adventurist, Motorhead, and can now say World Traveler!

27 thoughts on “Cat’s out of the Bag

  1. Good for you for knowing when the time to take a break is here! You’ve done amazing things and had great experiences so you can recharge and get back out there again when the wanderlust starts to gnaw at you again! I love travel and I love home and need a balance of the two as I think most of us do long term. So you’re recharging, reconnecting and still have an exciting future to plan. Best of luck!

    1. Thanks Kay. Looks like you can the Brunette really know how to have fun in your travels. So really who has more fun, blondes or brunettes? 🙂

  2. 22 countries in 10 months! Wow, you guys really have been going at break-necked speed. We felt exactly the same way after around 8 months so we slowed down massively in Asia and accepted that we’re not going to see everything in one go, I feel so much better now.

    Good on you for recognising when the time is right and it will be brilliant to spend a few chilled out weeks with family and friends to ease you back into the U.S. gently.

      1. Everyone thinks we’re crazy but the U.S has been our favourite part of the trip so far! Vermont and Colorado are up there for me but man you know how to do great food in the south!

  3. So excited to be seeing you two soon! Can’t wait to introduce you to your new lil’ niece too :). You’ve both had an amazing 10 months, with stories to last a lifetime. Something to tell your kids about….& maybe if your brave enough ( hell of course you are), to share in the adventure too.

    1. Haha, us too. Don’t worry we won’t move in (for long) :). But can’t wait to meet little stinker! We are hoping we will be those adventurous parent types and force our kids into the wild early on, but I figure it’s easier said than done.

  4. Guys, we don’t know each other, but I just wanted to say thanks for letting me travel with you vicariously. It’s been a great trip, and has reminded me of a few places I want to go to and want to go to again. Best of luck in what you do next.

    Kindest regards,


    1. Hey Nick, thanks for saying Hi and following along. How did you stubmle upon us? We hope to make it to your neck of the woods in the future!

      1. Hi,
        I have a friend in the US (Glen Hatton) I rode the British Colombia Bike Race with in 2010. He was following you and I was loving the photo’s you were posting.
        You’re welcome to stop by in London for a few days if you need somewhere to stay and don’t mind a floor.

        1. Friends with Glen that is great, so happy to know you were with us and who knows maybe we can take you up on your offer some day in the future

  5. Good now I can start following you again – your adventures were getting too much for me to even passively and vicariously follow! ; ) Just kidding – good you guys still have your sense of reason and are making it back – I would have thought you’d never make it our of Thailand. Looking forward to reconnecting and hearing all about the adventures first hand!

    1. We thought if we would show you more of Thailand we would get you to relocate there! Looking forward to catching up when we get back, we will let you know where and when the party is 🙂

  6. Hey guys, really enjoyed following your blog. We are going to miss the weekly adventure update. Congratulations to you both on a great accomplishment. 🙂


  7. Dustin,
    Let me know when you are rested and back in Texas and want the bike back. You did something that many of us want to do.Congrats.

  8. Thank you so much for sharing your adventures! You both write so beautifully and it has been a real joy to read. I hope you two continue to write and share the next phase of your adventure! You have more ‘family’ than you may know and have touched so many. If ever back in Australia you are more than welcome to stay. All the best and thank you again.

    1. Hey Janet you are so kind for saying you enjoyed the writing ;). We will be happy to share any time we have some exciting news and maybe some future travels! Out of curiosity how did you find the blog from Australia?

  9. We will certainly miss your blogs – we vicariously enjoyed all of your adventures. Good luck for your new future. !
    (the old email you sent to was
    (we are friends of your parents)

    1. Hi Peggy & Tom!
      Thanks so much for your kind words and for following along on our adventure! We hope you guys are doing well.
      Emily Sue

  10. Hey guys! Wow, what a pleasant surprise for us all! Linda and I spoke about the possible travel fatique just recently, but we understand and know well the ‘want to be home again’! Keep us apprised of your arrival and volunteer a dinner and/welcome back party at our house! If not, whereever!

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  12. I hear you. And good for you for feeling that travel “fatigue” and going home. We travel 1-3 months at a go for that reason. Something about having a pied-a-terre is good. Although we are going to be off for 6 months at one point to sail the Northern Part of the Med.

    I have been to Texas – got more culture shock there than anywhere else I have been! LOL!

    1. I think for the future we will schedule in planned visits for stopping back and visiting with family and friends. Checked out your site, so you travel with your pup everywhere? very cool. Maybe the next time around ours could travel with us but he is a small nervous pup; see any changes in your dogs behavior?

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