Well we’ve made it back to the UK after the most amazing 17 months of our lives. After a busy couple of weeks of moving all of our belongings out of storage, making our house feel like a home again and catching up with loved ones, we are starting to slow down and reality is sinking in. It will be testing and no doubt a challenge to settle back into one place but we’re ready for it and are currently walking the fine line between excitement and and feeling anxious.
Over the past month or so we’ve also been discussing what to do with the blog. Something that started as a way of keeping in touch with friends and family has grown into something much, much more. It’s allowed us to have an incredible record of our travels, chat to readers all over the world and most importantly, has introduced us to some fantastic fellow travellers that have grown to become friends. We’ve surprised ourselves at how much we’ve enjoyed maintaining the site and how we’ve actually stuck at it throughout the whole trip.
So what happens post-RTW? Well we’ve decided after some deliberation to keep on writing. As we’ve always had a return date I’ve been constantly interested to read how other travellers adjust to returning home. When I’ve been regularly reading about someone’s life of travel the interest doesn’t stop just because they’ve headed home and I’m hoping that a few people will feel the same way about us. We still have an awful lot of stories to tell from our travel adventures and we’re also going to document what the re-entry process is like for us, hunting for jobs and carving a new life for ourselves. The plan at the moment is to switch to regularly posting once or twice a week and see how we get on.
We’re also not in the slightest bit done with travel! I am however having to eat my own words as when we started travelling I declared that I’d happily live out of a suitcase for the rest of my life, now not so much! We want to have a base and travel at the same time, for us the most logical solution to this is working a full time job and really learning to manipulate and make the most of annual leave and public holidays. We want to make some fundamental changes to what our lives were like before which should hopefully provide us with lots of writing material. The blog moving forward will be more focused on how you can still have an exciting and adventurous life while working a 9-5.
We’re already planning a couple of international trips for next year and we’re also determined to explore what’s on our doorstep. One thing we realised after spending extended time in huge countries like Canada, the USA and Australia is that we are extremely lucky to be able to hop into a large number of countries within hours. There is so much of Europe and even the UK that we haven’t seen and we’re committed to using as many weekends as possible to explore and write about what we see. We hope you’ll stick along for the ride to find out what life after long term travel brings.
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