The Beginning of the End (of the year)

I was just going through some journals and notes, and found this in one of my saved files.  Kinda sums up my feelings as we got ready to head home.

May 11, 2018

We have been sailing for the last 5 days, and have just spotted land this afternoon. We were supposed to arrive in Victoria tomorrow morning, but due to a passenger medical emergency, we are arriving this evening instead.  It kind of hit me that we are nearing the end of our amazing year of travels.  And I am sad.  I don’t want it to end.  I want to keep exploring and forget about “real” life.  I would make sure to check in and visit home more than once a year, but I would love to keep travelling forever.  I don’t know what it is about it, but I love it.  I am excited to see family and friends; to have regular hangouts again, and the social aspect of being with people I have a history with….friends you don’t have to work at getting to know, but can just hang out and talk about anything and everything.  The boys are excited (especially Isaac), to get back home and see friends, and get a little bit of their independence back.  But travelling has become our new normal.  We had our ups and downs, but it was a way of life for us for the past year, and it has become comfortable being uncomfortable. What I mean by that is things that used to make us uncomfortable are now comfortable:  picking up a new rental car, packing up after only two nights in a place, not knowing where we’re going in three days time, going out for coffee with friends we just made.  These are the realities of long term travelling.  I’m going to miss it.  I’m going to miss exploring new places and seeing them through Isaac’s and Jo’s eyes. They see things a little differently and with a little more magic than we do.  I’m going to miss learning about different cultures from local people while actually living in those cultures.  I’m going to miss travelling with other people.  There’s a bond that forms that you just don’t get through regular life. I know we were blessed to have this year together.  I know we were blessed with all we got to see and do.  I know our friends and family are waiting at home to hear all our stories and see all our pictures.  But it still hurts saying goodbye to a year that was a little bit magical, a little bit challenging, and a whole lot memorable.


I’m so very grateful to have had this experience, and that we got to share it with all of you.  Thanks for riding along with us.  I am forever grateful.

4 thoughts on “The Beginning of the End (of the year)

  1. Patti

    Hi Riann and the rest of the troop:
    I just want to thank you for letting us, your friends and acquaintances, to travel along with you around this great world. Through you many of us have discovered and visited places that we may never experience in person. I have to say that you visited a couple of places that had me holding my breath and hoping for your safety. 🙄.
    I’m glad you’re all home and regaling in your memories.
    Thank you again my friend and I understand about not wanting it to end ( I get that same feeling when I’m in Algonquin Park, lol ).
    Love and hugs to all 4 of you.
    Patti Gibson

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    1. Thanks for joining us and all the comments you left 🙂 And thanks for writing this….glad you got to “travel” with us. It was fun having you along! And yes, definitely glad to be home safe and sound. Most of the places we felt completely safe, but there really is “no place like home.”


  2. sunsmiles23

    Hi Kinnies, thank you for taking us on your journey. It was exciting to get your emails and see where you were traveling and what you were learning about others in this great big world of ours! Riann, you did an amazing job with the pictures and stories. You should write a book😉
    This last email/post had fantastic closing pictures of your journey. Can’t wait to catch up with you and the boys😊

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