When we first decided to go on our ‘little trip’ we didn’t really have any idea what to expect. We knew we wanted a serious change of direction and that we kept thinking ‘there must be more to life’ but it was a step into the unknown. Getting rid of our house and everything in it and then both quitting work were major steps but we weren’t at all stressed or worried about it because we had each other, and we knew that we could handle whatever life threw at us as long as we were together.
The first three months of our new nomadic lifestyle are now over and between you and me they turned out to be so much better than we could possible have imagined. All of the Airbnb accommodation was as expected and the locations exactly as we’d planned but the experiences we had and especially the people we met were amazing. We had no way of knowing if we would connect with our hosts but in both Holland and Austria we’ve made lifelong friends.
We’ve talked about the trip in detail in the blog over the past weeks so you know what we’ve up to and who with but I just want to say a massive thank you to Tonia and Andre in Groesbeek who were fantastic, a great big hello to Andy Anja and Anouk in Mook who we will never lose touch with again, and a massive hug to Eva, Andre, Maggie, and Marie-Therese who welcomed us into their family so warmly. We miss you all.
It’s been a hectic week back with visits to family and friends all over the South East, we’d love to have seen more people but that’ll have to wait until March when we return again. The support we’ve had from so many friends has been quite humbling and we hope that you all know just how much we appreciate it. It has actually been an eye-opener in that certain people we thought would be interested just aren’t at all, and others have completely stepped up. You just never know do you?
So onto Australia and New Zealand. We’re leaving from Heathrow tonight at 10.15 for a mammoth 18 hour flight via Dubai to Perth (and no we’re not shopping in Dubai, we’ve been shopping before). Looking forward to getting going now and starting this 28 week trip and meeting more lovely people and hopefully visiting some great places. We’ll keep you posted obviously, if you’re still interested of course …………….
Thanks so much for all of the fabulous comments on the blog, it really makes our day as we know that you’re with us and following us wherever we go.
We do have a couple of worries about the journey of course. Firstly Jo will never be able to choose a film to watch in just 18 hours! Far too much choice. And secondly I’m hoping not to be arrested walking through the airport with my long flight socks on and shorts! Not a great look.
See you all on the other side.
1.9 – 8.9.2015