Gradually and very gently our time on the road is drawing to a close. I was looking for a suitable description but have found it very tough to discover the right words. It may not be a permanent end to our travelling life rather a hiatus as we undertake another challenge, but it is nonetheless very difficult to put into words.
Back in May 2015 we decided to change our lives and just head off irresponsibly into the sunset for a little adventure. We sold our house and car, gave away all of our belongings, quit our jobs, and wandered off. An initial short-term plan to travel to the other side of the world but nothing after that. Part of the excitement was that we never had more than 6 months of our lives planned, we would just roll with it and see where fate lead us. But you know all of this if you have followed us.
Neither of us had any idea of how long we would continue before setting down roots again. This certainly provided an edge and a degree of uncertainty but we surprisingly relished that and came to enjoy not knowing what would happen.
We tried to say YES to every opportunity and every single offer and that has led us to some incredible places and more importantly to get to know some fabulous people.
It has been 2495 days since we pulled on our backpacks and headed off hand in hand to who knows where. Who could have guessed that we would be on the road for nearly 7 YEARS? We would have laughed at the very suggestion back then.
I’m not going to go on about where we’ve been or how many beds we’ve slept in, that may come later obviously, as every step of our long journey is documented right here in our blog. Thanks goodness we started the JWalking blog as we would definitely have forgotten a lot of the people, places, and dates. It has been wonderful to write and is such a valuable record for both of us to look back on.
This may sound like a ‘Thanks for everything and goodbye‘ type of post but it really isn’t. We have found somewhere to settle down and it feels like the right time to put down some roots again start this next stage of our lives. Perhaps it should be called JLife? Probably not.
So permanent wandering and travelling is stopping but those backpacks will only be under the bed and our itchy feet will soon drive us on somewhere new. We aren’t going anywhere, the blog is staying for the time being, and you won’t get rid of us that easily.