Happy New Year everyone! Apologies for our absence of late, New Years resolution number one is to start writing again so here I am. It’s funny how even though we haven’t been working the days just seem to fill up with things that need to be done, it’s quite easy to get into the bad habit of not sitting down to write and it’s something I’m trying my best to fix.
We’ve been home for 2.5 months now and it is still proving to be the roller coaster we expected. Some days I am so incredibly grateful to be back home and other days I spend longing for the road again. It will take time to adjust and I think the hardest part is coming to terms with the huge variety of emotions. Visiting an enormous number of places and experiencing the highs and lows of travel was a new experience in itself but it gradually became our normal, we’ve not really had anything to worry about and none of the responsibilities that come with our lives back home. To go from quite a steady routine of travel to something that feels completely different and yet should be the most familiar thing in the world is quite odd.
We had a quiet and lovely Christmas filled with lazy days and lots of delicious festive food. I was overjoyed to be back in the northern hemisphere this Christmas and had a ridiculous amount of festive spirit. There’s just something about the holiday season that makes you want to be at home and I definitely appreciated it much more this year. My waistline didn’t so I’ve started Couch to 5K this week to try and kick my butt into action, my genius yet wistful plan is that I’m exercising every day so when I’m working full time and complaining about being tired my body will crave exercise at least 3 times a week. I’m also starting yoga classes next week, after falling in love with yoga when we were in Laos I promised myself I’d attend a full beginners programme when we got home so I can’t wait.
Paul received a job offer a couple of weeks before Christmas and starts his new position next week. I’m still looking but will keep you posted as soon as anything changes. You know how when you’re the only single person and people keep asking you if you’ve met anyone yet? Or when you’re the only one without a baby and people keep asking if you will be next? Yep, being the only one without a job is pretty much the same thing! I’m determined to find the right fit and hopefully the New Year will provide that opportunity. It will be good to have a regular income coming in with Paul working and to have something for him to focus on but I can’t deny that it will be incredibly strange having spent nearly two years together every single day.
Photo credit: Paula Funnell
Our travel ideas for 2014 are slowly starting to take shape but the real planning will have to wait until I’m back in full time employment and we top up our travel funds a little. As soon as I do we have a lot of domestic trips to plan and some weekend hikes we’ve be desperate to do. As far as international trips go, we have two on the horizon that are happening no matter what! In July this year Paul’s brother plans to marry his lovely bride in St Petersburg. Aside from the great fun of attending a family wedding, St Petersburg has been somewhere I’ve dreamed of visiting since I was a young girl. I was fascinated by the stories of the Tsars and can’t wait to see some of the incredible palaces.
Photo credit: Barbara
The other big international trip we have planned is Alaska! It’s been number one on the travel wish list for a really long time and I’m currently nose-deep in my guidebook trying to figure out where we should go. One benefit of being back to holidays rather than long term travelling is I get to indulge in my love of really planning a trip. Whenever we’ve been on shorter trips in the past they have been researched beyond belief to make sure we make the most of limited time. We’re aiming to head out there in September when the weather is still decent for hiking and when we might catch a glimpse of bears following the salmon run. Any suggestions and tips would be most welcome.
Photo credit: Max Froumentin
The other big change to our travel style this year is that we’re aiming to take on the ‘Take 12 Trips’ challenge. I first heard about this courtesy of the lovely Lucy from On The Luce and I think it’s perfect for anyone who loves travel but still works a full time job with normal holiday allowance. The premise is that you plan at least one travel activity per month for the full year, the activity can be anything from a day out to a weekend away or a full holiday. The idea is that you always have some sort of trip to look forward to and it can encourage you to make the most of weekends and random days off. I’d love to hear from anyone else accepting the ‘Take 12 Trips’ challenge in 2014 – go on, visit somewhere new this year!
This week I’m kicking myself into writing about the experiences we had during the last few weeks of our RTW trip and I promise not to neglect our little blog for as long next time!
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