We can’t believe it’s time, that’s it: we are leaving tomorrow and returning to the US. As we sit in our hotel room in Sydney we reflect back on our one year adventure around the world. It just seems that yesterday we were still at home planning and getting everything ready for our trip. But this last year has gone by in the blink of an eye.
We feel enriched by what we’ve seen, people we’ve met and what we have experienced. While we’ll be happy to see family and friends again, we have no real desire to come home and would rather continue being nomads exploring the world’s many wonders. But we know it must come to an end at some point.
We’ll have our memories and moments we will never forget. We’ve seen incredible wildlife, witnessed unbelievable scenery, learned so much about different countries and cultures and met some extraordinary people. How can we ever forget the roar of lions outside our tent in waking us up at 4am? Or the most beautiful female leopard we’ve ever laid our eyes on? Or the wild mustangs running free? How could we not remember swimming so close to the majestic whale sharks we could almost touch them? How do you ever erase from your memory the suffering of the Cambodian people, the kindness of strangers when we were in need and the most amazing sunsets and ocean colors?
We often hear people say we are lucky to be able to do such a trip but we disagree: yes we are lucky to be healthy enough to take this trip, that we agree with, but the trip itself didn’t happen by luck. Determination, patience, and discipline sprinkled with a little bit of risk-taking is what made it happen. For years, we drove our old cars, kept our old tube TV, did not go shopping or out to restaurants so we could reach our objective. We both worked really hard and were able to put money aside aggressively.
Everybody is capable of doing the same…it’s just how bad you want it and what your priorities are.
So how do you go back to a regular life after a year like this? Well, it’s a good question. We think it lays in our ability and desire to adapt. Time will tell if we are able to adapt back to “the normal life”
…and well if not, we’ll just have to plan another trip 🙂
We hope you enjoyed following us through this blog. We loved seeing your comments and sharing our stories and pictures with you. We are looking forward to seeing some of you soon and catching up.
James & Sylvie