Stuff no one tells you: The End

12 Sep

New country. Customs. Copies. Stamp. Stamp. Drive. Groceries. Laundry. Drive. Beach town. Drive. Mountain town. Drive. Immerse. Photograph. Love. Eat. Repeat.

It may seem monotonous at times but it’s exciting, adventurous, and I don’t want it to end. Ever.

But at some point, the money runs out. The bank account that held the key to a future unknown dwindles down to a number a kindergardener can count to. You are faced–no, forced–with the dilemma: what now? Work on the road or go back? Some are privileged enough to have a job to return to. To have a “home” to return to after months or years of wandering.

Others left their once-home in hopes that life would sort itself out. Whatever that means. So now we wait to see when things get sorted out for us.

When you have the world at your fingertips and can start anew anywhere, what do you do? Where do you go? What’s “the next step”? Florida? Texas? Colorado? Washington? Can life get better than living on a 2 by 4 island?

Two wise friends said not all who wander are lost but feeling a bit turned around right about now.

5 Responses to “Stuff no one tells you: The End”

  1. margery September 12, 2014 at 3:43 pm #

    feel the exact same way. ……with calm patient ..practiced awareness..it does become more clear …you practice getting quiet and more quiet and it starts as a whisper..and before you know it..you have a new direction..and a new place to head to..and maybe even a new home to create ground your life and self . miss you love you both

  2. Rhonda September 12, 2014 at 7:08 pm #

    Oh… we know the feeling… After doing a 14mth RTW backpacking trip, we’re going into our big adventure driving the PanAm with more of a goal to work as we go, travel very slowly, join communities for weeks or months at a time, and work at becoming location independent. It’s different for everyone, and I suspect MOST plan on a trip of a particular length of time and plan on returning home. We plan on remaining on the road. No right or wrong answers, it’s different for everyone!

  3. Michael McKibbin September 13, 2014 at 2:14 pm #

    Congratulations on getting to Panama. It’s a real accomplishment that not many people have done.
    Michael McKibbin

  4. johnny rotten September 16, 2014 at 3:07 pm #

    keep on truckin

  5. Jane DeHoog September 23, 2014 at 5:12 pm #

    Will truly miss traveling vicariously with you. Thank you for taking us along. May you find happiness and new adventures as you step away from this one.

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