No more destinations - The last blog
Trip Start Aug 09, 2010
124Trip End Feb 01, 2012
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Hello everyone! Part of me still can't believe that this is the final blog entry of our 18 month trip. I’d been dreaming of one day taking a year off to travel since 2006. It took years to finally decide to make it happen, but I’m convinced I did it at the right time, and best of all with the right person.
18 months ago Paul and I had a choice to make. We could invest our savings into a deposit for a new house, or we could invest the lot into seeing the world. There’s only one way to make big decisions like these. When I’m 90 years old, rocking on my chair which memories will I cherish the most?
So now that we’re on our way back to London, homeless, jobless and deposit-less, how do I feel about my decision? Very emotional – these 18 months have been an incredible insight into the wonders of this world, into the beautiful human spirit and into what it truly feels like to be alive and free
I’ve seen how difficult life is for so many people, and I feel truly blessed to have been born in a country that generally guarantees a roof over my head, clean running water and food in the fridge. We are kings and queens in this world. When we leave our castles and catch a glimpse of what life is like for the other 99% of this world, we can appreciate what a lucky hand faith has dealt us.
And yet I’ve also learnt that access to luxury is not what makes us happy. I know we hear this all the time, but I had to see Laotian children happily playing in the river, not a stitch on their bodies but eyes full of joy, to truly appreciate it.
I’m incredibly grateful to have had the opportunity to up and leave for 18 months. I’ve had a chance to break free from the automatic rituals and routines we build for ourselves without questioning, and I’ve had a chance to question them.
There’s been one common theme in all the countries we’ve seen and all the people we’ve met. Be it a Chinese girl holding her Grandma’s hand, a Russian man giving us his food, a Vietnamese woman showing us a wonderful view, a Japanese man walking the opposite way he was going to help us when we were lost, and countless other experiences, we’ve seen there’s love in this world. And when we take the time to show it to others, it creates magic in the air and peace in our soul.
And for me, that was the most important lesson of all.
P.S. It’s been wonderful to share this experience with you, so thanks for reading and for your lovely comments.
Hello people of the world!
So this is it! Our final blog entry.
Wow, 18 months on the road. It feels a lot, lot longer. We go back completely different people to when we left. Our minds are more open, our hearts are warmed by the humanity we’ve seen around the world and our bodies are ready to change the world. Watch out England!
As you have read on this blog, we have had the most amazing experience. Yet, words or photos really cannot describe what you feel when you do a trip of this magnitude. I will give it a shot but I fear it will fall short.
The first thing that comes instantly to mind is that you feel alive, really alive. You feel and know that you are actually living every day to the max as opposed to just existing. The sense of freedom is wonderful, so much so that when Karen & I get home we will fight and fight and fight to keep it. I love the slowness of everything. I love the fact that I can actually sit and talk to people whilst having breakfast / lunch / dinner. I mean really talk too and not worry what time it is, or if I am missing that shit program on t.v. that I will forget about the instant it ends.
Strangers are friends that you have not met yet. How true that is when you are travelling. We have made some incredible friendships on this journey with people from all over the world. All because we felt open enough to say " hello".
Don’t believe the news! The world and its people are a lot safer than you are led to believe. We have been in places where volcanoes and earthquakes happen so regularly that they barely register any interest and we have been treated with kindness, love and unbelievable generosity in so called “places to be careful”.
“I don’t have the money to travel” Not so my friend! You can easily live on £15 a day in Asia. We would have spent more if we had stayed in England on shit that we don’t need. What will we remember on our deathbeds, the new t.v. we bought or swimming with Whale Sharks? Ermmm.
I am not saying travel is for everyone. It is not. We had some tough days and slept in some truly awful places but what I am saying is this: Don’t let assumptions stop you from living the life you want.
Nothing on this trip has shown me that we have more than one life (no matter what our Buddhist friends in Asia say), so we’d better make sure we are actually LIVING it!!! Get off the sofa, turn off bloody X-Factor/ Celebrity / Talent and get out there! It does not even have to be far. The world is full of surprises just around the corner. Rant over! Lol.
Karen & I will do our best to lead by example and if we go off the rails I give you all permission to give us a kick up the arse. Thank you so much for all the lovely comments you have left on this blog and thank you for reading it. We have tried to give you a glimpse of what we were going through these past 18 months. We hope you enjoyed it.
But wait! Do you honestly think this would be the one and only trip that Karen & I do? Come on, you know us better than that. So all I can say to all you wonderful people is this....
To be continued.....................