500 days in the World, without a “home”
Have we gone nuts? Maybe.
“Wouldn’t it be cool to reach 500 days…” – Mr.Blab was dreaming in the days before we set off. Frankly, it sounded ridiculous at the time. We were only hoping to make it to a year, and even that seemed far fetched. At the time no other family that had dared to share their spending on a gap year, was even close to the budget we were setting for ourselves.We were nuts for going, we were nuts for thinking we could do it so cheaply and we were nuts for taking our kids along.
We are there. Five hundred days. Almost a year and a half. 26 countries. 105 places.
Time has passed so quickly, that this fact itself should be enough evidence that we have had a blast. Having in mind that we have actually traveled all of that timeÂ we should be half dead, barely able to keep up the spirits, itching for a home and on the edges of our patience with each other. Instead we are lov-ing-it! You’ve got travel? BRING IT ON!
I want to tell you all the wisdom that is supposed to come with this experience, the meaning of life and all that jazz, but this is not a glossy travel magazine. My headline will readÂ “Travel is an experience, stupid” instead. It is not a holy grail or the spark to change your life. We are the same people with the same positives and negatives we left all those months ago. The difference is that we are doing what we want to do, which gives us an incredible amount of glee jolt to start up every day. There is still laundry to be done, meals to be thought of, cleaning to be avoided, but there are no commitments, no phones, no jobs, no wake up alarms. It is bloody fantastic.
My social inner bug has been happy meeting a whole heap of wonderful people along the way. Oh, the conversations and laughter that has spilled over me in buckets. I am soaking in it and grinning all the way to my bursting social bank.Â Mr.Blab has drugged himself into sugary Eden trying all the sweets he could put trembling fingers on. And the kids are simply living.
What now? Who knows.
We barely know where we will sleep in 2 or 3 nights, that is how uncommitted we are to plans. We hope to get to Tromso and then deliver Couch to my mom. I dream of spending months in Spain and learning the language (not gonna happen). We want to stop in Iceland on the way to North America, but itÂ seems so far right now, it is hard to think about it.
It is like we left yesterday. Miss Fab commented today that she cannot believe we watched the Burj Khalifa New Year’s Eve fireworks 6 months ago. I agreed.
It is a well known fact that life passes by quickly. We are just doing our best to fill the frames up, so when we look back on the reel one day, years of footage will not look like a still photo. That is what travel does.
Five hundred days of our best life.
Nuts or not, we are lo-ving-IT!
Congrats! It is a pretty amazing achievement – 25 countries! Well done.
I’m normally not a fan of tongue pics, but you two have sexy tongues.
Congrats on 500…now for 500 more.
Hey, Colin. Cheers!
King, hahaha, it was not meant for public use, but when I started the post, it was the most fitting. Thanks, I will take 500 more in a heartbeat.
500 down, 500 to go???
Congragtulations on 500 days of travel. It feels like you’ve been away much longer. It seems like a very distant memory when I was reading about your frantic house cleaning in Perth. I’ve really enjoyed the virtual journey and am intrigued as to where you’ll be for the 1000th day. :)
Ed, not likely, but one never knows.
Susan, the life seems distant, but the time not at all. I’d rather not remember that cleaning frenzy. Shudder. ;)
I love the idea of a still photo versus a whirr of images to encapsulate life.
Have fun, we just cannot wait to go next year. I am sick of being still…
Glad for you! Keep walking… oops, traveling and enjoying! :)
Wonderful! We also love being on the move, actually feel uncomfortable when we settle for over 2 weeks. Glad to see we aren’t the only crazy ones! Still hoping to meet up one day, maybe in Spain;)
Happy to hear you are enjoying it more and more! I think the real problem will be how to stop, am I right?:-))
Congrats on 500 days – and thank you for bringing us along on your journey!
I have loved going along on the trip with you. :)
Would LOVE to read very practical tips. For example, do you travel with that hot plate we saw in Japan or was that an item in the rental home where you stayed. What would you say are the most important family related travel items you bring along. You are very open about the fact that you travel on a “shoestring” which encourges us. Would you be willing to give more specifics on what your budget has looked like and tips you have learned on saving or making money as you travel? Other than a life time of memories and amazing photos, do you buy your children souviners? Congrats and happy travels.
Travelmomma, thank you for the questions. It helps me find out what you are interested in, because believe it or not, I am not sure. I will think of putting such a post together.
Carla, Itilien, Milena and Beth, cheers!
Mary, lets see if we can catch each other in Spain. It will be fun to finally meet.
So, here is my random question – what do the kids sound like? Being away from Australia for 500 days while the litlest is still learning to speak and having an American Dad and Bulgarian Mom – do they have Austrialian accents or no accents or . . . ?
Liz, seriously, I have no idea. We will have to meet and you can decide for yourself.
I don’t think they have an Australian accent, though. It is more of a neutral, from what I hear others commenting.
Congrats on 500 days! well actually now 507 ;-)
I hope Finland finds you all well ;-) did you manage to get in contact with my cousin?
As for accents the last time I heard your kids speak it was definitely with a slight American accent, maybe only with certain words though.
Looking forward to another 500 days, I know you can do it, hehe ;-)
Oooooh- they’ll be saying “fixin to” and “y’all” when I’m done with them!
Liz, oh noooooo! ;)
Nina, sure thing. We are off to cousin tomorrow. I will say hi.
Hey! I just stumbled at Your blog through homeschooling blogs and just had to comment because this post is written in Estonia, where I live :) So, I hope you enjoyed the time here – though it is rather cold summer, even for estonians. It is so great that You live like this. I’m truly-deeply jealous but I will try to make something good out of it. Like finding a way for my family to travel and learn.
The very best for You and Your family!
Hi, Soooooo jealous, reading this just as I am getting ready to board the plane back to America! Sigh. Well, we will rejoin the traveling community next summer when we take the Transiberian train across Russia to China. Where will you be then? Maybe we can meet up.
BTW, your kids definitely have an American accent but a nice neutral one like you say – in fact your accent is pretty american at this point as well : )
Oh, Ainlay, I am cringing at the idea of going back and cannot wait to hear how you all settle back to life in one place.
The Transiberian train is on my bucket list, but first we have to make money, as it is not a cheap undertaking. Next summer? I have no idea where we will be. Maybe back in Australia, maybe in South America…who knows.
i’ve just discovered your site and i’m enjoying the adventures. im reminded of socrates’ declaration that he was a “citizen of the world” — could that be any truer about your experience?
lovely, lovely, lovely!