Passports were stamped. Busses were ridden. Backpacks were packed, and unpacked, then packed again. 9 months of travel have gone by:
We’re going home.
If we follow the online trend, this should be the post where we depressingly write about our panic attacks and how we’d rather spend our life bumming on a beach while eating Pad Thais because it’s the only way to live a rich and fulfilling life. Sorry to disappoint you, but that post is not coming.
Long term trips around the world are a wonderful thing and we’re very happy to see many people taking the plunge and setting their own adventure. But long term travel was never our goal and never will be. We miss cooking meals. We miss having a close circle of friends. Hell, we miss having our own couch and watching Mad Men in our underwear. And let’s be honest, we miss the adrenaline of a payday morning – direct deposit SAY WHAT!
It’s no secret that we’re batshit nervous to return to Canada after 269 days of constant travel. For instance, summarizing an experience like this through small talk at a party is hell. Usually, I don’t even want to talk about my experience if I know the other person doesn’t genuinely care :
- So how was the trip?
- Er, well …
- Awesome! Did you watch the new Game of Thrones?
It’s one of the many hard parts of coming back home and we’re very well aware of it. There’s a lot more making us nervous: reverse culture shock, saving money again, job searching, reconnecting with friends, North American materialism (it’s dangerously contagious), COLD WEATHER. But we’ve decided to focus on the positive and look at our return to Canada as a blessing and taking these challenges as opportunities for another amazing year.
We love our blog. We think it’s pretty rad and we’re so happy with all the opportunities it’s brought us on this trip. But we’re not full time bloggers and don’t wish to be. There are people far better at marketing and advertising their blogs and that’s great. Us? We do it for the sole purpose of writing, sharing photos and conversing with fellow travel fanatics online. Sometimes perks come along and we’re grateful but we’re in no way solely depending on this.
When we return to Canada it’s back to working full time while updating our blog in the evening, just like we did before the big trip! Going back to the grind doesn’t have to be a bad thing. We come from a television production and writing background and we’re so excited to pursue new goals in our respective fields. Travel related work is also on the horizon as I’ve accepted a seasonal job working as a tour leader to help replenish our funds (we need money to travel some more BABY!) as soon as we return. The slate is clean, the opportunities are endless and THAT is exciting!
Matt and I are lucky to have awesome, kickass families and fantastic friends. Unfortunately for me, having traveled and moved around so much for nearly 7 years now, I’ve missed out on a lot. I’ve met amazing people to simply lose touch later as I venture abroad. I’m looking forward to catching up with old friends, being part of my best friend’s wedding, meeting my nephew in June and simply being present in my friends’ and family’s lives.
The travel doesn’t stop
So we’re buying a couch. And decorating an apartment. It’s not the end of the world and it certainly doesn’t mean the end of our travels! I’ve always had such admiration for people that manage to maintain a full time job and find the time to travel here and there. We just can’t wait to be part of that group! Québec City and Manhattan are on my horizon for this spring as I will lead tours to these destinations. We are also trying to pick where to go this fall (Chicago, Boston, NYC are contenders!) and are saving up to go to a destination wedding around Christmastime 2013. As for 2014, we’re looking at returning to France and hopefully a South American trip later in the year.
We have been on the road for 9 months. We’re going home and that’s okay. It simply means there’s a whole lot more waiting for us. Scary yes. Fun? Absolutely.