Thursday, March 14, 2013

It's Official.

Six months ago, I announced on my blog that I was quitting my job, selling everything, and traveling the world with The Dizzle.

Five months ago, I was crying over which pairs of underwear I got to keep and which had to go. But mostly, I was just experiencing these foreign emotions of having to take 26 years worth of things and widdle them all down to fit inside one suitcase. At the time, it seemed like such a huge deal to me.
Now? I couldn't tell you 99% of the things I got rid of.
Funny how that works.

I wrote last October 19 about my very last day of employment.
Working in an office, 40 hours a week, having the computer screen glare at me all day long, well, let's just say I don't miss that. Not one bit.
Maybe the paychecks. Buuuuut that's about it.

We finally left the good ol' U-S-of-A back on November 18, 2012. And only 3 days in, I had my first bout of homesickness, tears and all. I remember questioning if we did the right thing. I wondered if I'd always feel so homesick and out of the loop.
Fortunately, it does get better. Much better.
Skype and WiFi have been my saving graces.

San Diego. 2012.
So where are we now?

We are on our 117th day of travel.
I'm currently laying in our hotel bed in Hanoi, with The Dizzle sound asleep next to me.
We only have 5 days left here until we head out to explore Phuket, Thailand.
(and if you ask me, can't come soon enough.)
After Phuket, we'll be going to Chiang Mai and Bangkok.
After Bangkok, we fly to Amsterdam on April 15th.
After Amsterdam, we are going to spend a quick 6 days in London.

And then (and know that I am telling you this with very mixed emotions),
we go back to America.

{Sad, excited, nervous, sad again, doesn't begin to explain my daily waves of feelings.}

We will be in San Francisco on May 17th - - Exactly 6 months since we left the country.

We went back and forth for a long time on when this time should/would come.

Are we ready?
Is this too soon?
Will we regret it?
Should we try to extend this as long as possible?
What about our finances?

And in the end, this is what made sense to us.

We started with $26,000 in the bank.
If our calculations and budgeting go accordingly, by the time we get back to America, plus pay our first month's rent, we'll have only $6000 to our names.
Not a whole lot, especially in one of the most expensive cities in the world.
Fortunately, we've gotten quite good at stretching a dollar and we are very much looking forward to making many home cooked meals that we've missed so much.

We felt that this was a good time for us to head back, mentally and financially, take a little breather, then reassess.

Cinque Terre, Italy

This isn't the end of our travel days.

This isn't the beginning of being "tied down," never to leave again.

This is just another page in this chapter of life we're in.

To be honest with you, I didn't realize traveling would be so exhausting.
I didn't realize just how much I'd miss having my own place to call "home."
Having a kitchen to cook in. Or should I say, having a kitchen for V Dizzle to cook in.
I mean, as long as we're being honest here...

So, yeah, I think we're ready for that. For just a little while at least.
Though, I don't doubt for a second that there will be many days after returning where we'll look at each other and wish we could still be out, exploring someplace new.

Which is why, I am vowing right here and now, that we will return back to the world of travel, wallets and souls refreshed. Will it entail uprooting and selling everything again? Probably not.
But, it will take some more saving up, planning and patience.

In the meantime, we still have two more months left of these amazing travels and I intend to soak it all in, wide-eyed, because I'm sure the moment I blink, we'll be on a plane back to America.
Annnddd here comes another wave of sadness.
Oh boy, this is going to be quite the emotional roller coaster, eh?
But then again, this is me we're talking about.
Queen of the emotions.


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  1. Girl, you've done amazing things and seen things most of us can (and will) only dream of. Enjoy these last two months! You've still got plenty to see :)

  2. Awww still exciting! Do you two have jobs lined up?

  3. So exciting!!!! :) You both have done so much and seen so many things. :)

  4. That is so amazing. You guys are awesome for doing this!! Soak it allll up, girl. Every last minute of it! And that photo of you and V-dizzle in Cinque Terre? The most precious. You must frame that (once you get back, of course)


  5. Mish, you both do great work! I'm so proud of you and excited for you and emotional for you (damn pms!). Coming home is good. You have fresh eyes to see your city with. And you will be ready and willing for the next experience that opens its doors to you! And you said it's just another chapter, not the end. YEA YOU!

  6. Awe. I love hearing about your travels And it sounds like you're really doing what's best for you and the 'responsible' thing ;)
    Have a great next two months my friend, soak it all in!

  7. Ah, I'm sad for you. I think I've been living vicariously through you since you first made your big announcement. :) But, America isn't too bad. After all, you know you miss Princess!!

  8. Your blog rocks :) And you'll be in San Francisco - what an amazing city!!

  9. you guys are awesome!! and now that you've done it once you'll know you can do it again!

    also, i definitely think that the exhaustion factor of traveling is something people don't take into consideration -- especially for y'all poppin all over the place!!

    so excited that you are feeling its the right decision and also know to just keep enjoying your last couple months abroad!! (until next time, of course!)

  10. I have no doubt you guys will continue to find a way to travel even when you're back!! :)

  11. Again, I envy you and the Dizzle's decision and your travels SO much! You are making memories that are going to last a lifetime and doing something that 99% of the people in this world would never even dream of doing! I can't wait to follow more of your journey and then your trek back to 'Merica!

  12. so amazing! what you guys are doing is awesome, admirable and makes me extremely jealous, haha. :)

  13. your desk looks as sad as mine does. :/ and you will still be able to travel. plus san francisco is awesome so at least you have a cool place to go back to!

  14. I just found your blog! Love it! Awesome to leave and go for 6 months. I would love to do this! Congrats to yall! I understand the mixed emotions, you never want to come back from a paradise!!

  15. Oh Mish! I'm so so so happy reading this post, I can't do it without the biggest smile on my face. I can feel your happiness just radiating off your words. So happy/excited/proud of you both! You did it! WOOHOO! And SanFran is literally only a small hop from Hawaii sooooooo.....

  16. so wonderful that you were able to do this...and it is always nice to go home for a while. nothing like it.

  17. What an amazing story. You've done more living in the past 6 months than most do in an entire lifetime. I can't wait to hear about adjusting to life back in the states. I'm sure you'll be happy to be home :)

  18. I've love following your journey on here and think it's so amazing all the places you've been! So exciting that you're moving to SF!

  19. This is such a fun adventure for those of us who don't travel, to follow along with. Thank you for sharing it with us!

  20. I'm so excited for you guys and so sad for you guys at the same time! Enjoy these last months abroad!!

  21. Suddenly I was overcome by a wave of sadness. Mainly because I was living vicariously through you!! You guys will forever have some maxing memories and that is beyond amazing!'

  22. Roller coaster indeed, and I'm not surprised! You should be sad to see it come to an "end", of course, but see it as a beginning and maybe you can start to get excited about the your future adventures :). And you got 2 more months left which means you spent 8 mos traveling. Wow wow wow!

  23. Like most things in life, it's for a season:-) You guys have pleeeeenty of adventures ahead, (like Portland, hehe)! Only the beginning! xoxo

  24. I can't believe it's almost over!!! It'll be so good to actually see you in person, but Skyping is just about as good as the real thing. Such a wonderful invention :) When I was in Korea for a year in 1975-1976 all I could was write letters that took a week to get there. Calling was way too expensive at $9.00/min. Ahhh, the good old days.

  25. So glad you got to do this because obviously it had shaped your lives an will be followed by more travels in your future. So many say 'I wish' and don't ever make the leap.

    Any chance one if your six days in London you could take the train over to Bath? I'll give you a tour of the city an the Roman Baths ;)

    Bonnie Rose | A Compass Rose

  26. Focus on the now. Deal with the U.S. when you're back. YOU'RE GOING TO THAILAND!!!! I am insanely jealous as a few months ago I discovered Thai food (sad I know) and I absolutely love it! Enjoy your next 2 months. I hope they go as slow as you want them to!

  27. Congrats on your amazing adventure. It's such a life changing experience to start over like that and all this travel has probably done wonders for your relationship! Good luck with your last two months :)

  28. I just read about a fruit you need to try in Phuket called a mangosteen. It looks like a ball of crap but with a delicious prize inside. Take pictures, please.

  29. I think I would be a big ball of emotions if I was sitting in your seat now. But instead I'm sitting in a chair at work being jealous of your decision 4 months ago. I can definitely understand the pull to stay and the pull to head home and truthfully I don't think you could have made a wrong decision. There's so much time ahead to do both later on.
    With Luck

  30. You know I feel about this. Yay!

  31. I can't believe it's been that long already! WOW! You guys have been through a lot and it's awesome how it's all documented here! You've still got some awesome places on your list- I already can't wait to see your pictures! I love love loved Amsterdam! I can't wait to see what's next for you two! Hopefully a trip to Texas?!?! Hehe :)

  32. It's amazing how much you miss your kitchen & your couch when you travel long term. As someone who has been there, it will be a challenge coming home, but I`m sure you will cherish having your own little space again, and being around people you know & love. Introducing yourself over & over again can get tiring :-)

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  33. I think it's awesome that you did this! Getting that Wanderlust out of your system not only crosses a lot of places off your to go list but I think it will help settle you when you get to "real" life because you know you've done so much already. 2 weeks in Europe was totally exhausting. I cannot even imagine 6 months but I'd take the opportunity to find out in a heart beat.

  34. I found your blog just a couple days ago (through Don't Quote the Raven, I think), and I just have to say that you are really inspiring! Kudos to everyone who has the guts to follow their dreams!



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