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Nearing the End…

We cannot deny it any longer: We are very near to our return date to the States. For those who do not know, we are returning on Thursday, March 31st.

We are experiencing a range of emotions right now, including excitement in seeing our family and friends, sadness for the trip being almost complete, and gratefulness for the adventures we had. It is all, well, a bit exhausting.

One emotion we are not plagued with: regret. Having literally to start our lives over from scratch, with our savings drained and our possessions diminished, you may think that we may have a little confliction in having put ourselves in this position.

But do we have even a small amount of the emotion? Not one ounce. I would never take back this experience for anything in the world. My perspective on life has changed, and I owe it all to the wonderful people and places I have come across on our journey.

The world is a fascinating and beautiful place. I will NEVER regret my decision to travel the world, even in the obstacles I will experience in the near future. After all, I have many to aid me along the way: a fantastic lifelong partner, a doggie that loves me unconditionally, and a few important lessons that I will never forget…

3 Responses to “Nearing the End…”

  1. Laura Keller Says:

    Hello fellow RTW travelers,

    As the end of your trip nears, we can whole-heartedly relate to the many emotions you are feeling right now. We concluded our 14 month RTW trip in December and are still picking up the pieces, trying to plot out the next step in our lives. Definitely a challenging time, but you are right…We wouldn’t give up one single day of the journey, even if it means we have to struggle a bit now.

    Soak up the last few days of your trip and enjoy your reunion with friends and family. Wishing you all the best as you begin the next adventure!

  2. Karen Says:

    Dear Aaron and Christy,

    I just read a phrase “Grow wild and woolly before you prune”.

    As we heard so many times in Egypt “Bravo”!…to the both of you for living life so fully and seizing the adventures in your travels. The paradox of travel is how can that which is so disorienting be so orienting? As you re-enter the US, I wish for you that you continue to experience the freshness of daily life right in your own country and feel the richness of the lessons you have learned along the way.

    Safe travels home.


  3. Barb Says:

    Aaron & Christy,

    Welcome home! While the adjustment back in to life in the US may be a challenge, remember all you have experienced and the people you have met along the way. You are surrounded by people who love you. I am so proud of the 2 of you and I know things will work out for the best.

    Love you,
    Aunt Barb

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