No more destinations - The last blog

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Monday, January 30, 2012


Hello everyone! Part of me still can't believe that this is the final blog entry of our 18 month trip. I’d been dreaming of one day taking a year off to travel since 2006. It took years to finally decide to make it happen, but I’m convinced I did it at the right time, and best of all with the right person.

18 months ago Paul and I had a choice to make. We could invest our savings into a deposit for a new house, or we could invest the lot into seeing the world. There’s only one way to make big decisions like these. When I’m 90 years old, rocking on my chair which memories will I cherish the most?

So now that we’re on our way back to London, homeless, jobless and deposit-less, how do I feel about my decision? Very emotional – these 18 months have been an incredible insight into the wonders of this world, into the beautiful human spirit and into what it truly feels like to be alive and free.

I’ve seen how difficult life is for so many people, and I feel truly blessed to have been born in a country that generally guarantees a roof over my head, clean running water and food in the fridge. We are kings and queens in this world. When we leave our castles and catch a glimpse of what life is like for the other 99% of this world, we can appreciate what a lucky hand faith has dealt us.

And yet I’ve also learnt that access to luxury is not what makes us happy. I know we hear this all the time, but I had to see Laotian children happily playing in the river, not a stitch on their bodies but eyes full of joy, to truly appreciate it.

I’m incredibly grateful to have had the opportunity to up and leave for 18 months. I’ve had a chance to break free from the automatic rituals and routines we build for ourselves without questioning, and I’ve had a chance to question them.

There’s been one common theme in all the countries we’ve seen and all the people we’ve met. Be it a Chinese girl holding her Grandma’s hand, a Russian man giving us his food, a Vietnamese woman showing us a wonderful view, a Japanese man walking the opposite way he was going to help us when we were lost, and countless other experiences, we’ve seen there’s love in this world. And when we take the time to show it to others, it creates magic in the air and peace in our soul.

And for me, that was the most important lesson of all.

With love

Karen

P.S. It’s been wonderful to share this experience with you, so thanks for reading and for your lovely comments.



Hello people of the world!

So this is it! Our final blog entry.

Wow, 18 months on the road. It feels a lot, lot longer. We go back completely different people to when we left. Our minds are more open, our hearts are warmed by the humanity we’ve seen around the world and our bodies are ready to change the world. Watch out England!

As you have read on this blog, we have had the most amazing experience. Yet, words or photos really cannot describe what you feel when you do a trip of this magnitude. I will give it a shot but I fear it will fall short.

The first thing that comes instantly to mind is that you feel alive, really alive. You feel and know that you are actually living every day to the max as opposed to just existing. The sense of freedom is wonderful, so much so that when Karen & I get home we will fight and fight and fight to keep it. I love the slowness of everything. I love the fact that I can actually sit and talk to people whilst having breakfast / lunch / dinner. I mean really talk too and not worry what time it is, or if I am missing that shit program on t.v. that I will forget about the instant it ends.

Strangers are friends that you have not met yet. How true that is when you are travelling. We have made some incredible friendships on this journey with people from all over the world. All because we felt open enough to say " hello".

Don’t believe the news! The world and its people are a lot safer than you are led to believe. We have been in places where volcanoes and earthquakes happen so regularly that they barely register any interest and we have been treated with kindness, love and unbelievable generosity in so called “places to be careful”.

“I don’t have the money to travel” Not so my friend! You can easily live on 15 a day in Asia. We would have spent more if we had stayed in England on shit that we don’t need. What will we remember on our deathbeds, the new t.v. we bought or swimming with Whale Sharks? Ermmm.

I am not saying travel is for everyone. It is not. We had some tough days and slept in some truly awful places but what I am saying is this: Don’t let assumptions stop you from living the life you want.

Nothing on this trip has shown me that we have more than one life (no matter what our Buddhist friends in Asia say), so we’d better make sure we are actually LIVING it!!! Get off the sofa, turn off bloody X-Factor/ Celebrity / Talent and get out there! It does not even have to be far. The world is full of surprises just around the corner. Rant over! Lol.

Karen & I will do our best to lead by example and if we go off the rails I give you all permission to give us a kick up the arse. Thank you so much for all the lovely comments you have left on this blog and thank you for reading it. We have tried to give you a glimpse of what we were going through these past 18 months. We hope you enjoyed it.

But wait! Do you honestly think this would be the one and only trip that Karen & I do? Come on, you know us better than that. So all I can say to all you wonderful people is this....

To be continued.....................

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Comments

Adam Hill on

Love the last blog post! It has been great reading! I wish you the best as you re-settle back in your old home.

Merrin Pearse on

Such a great reminder about what living life is all about. Great to have met you guys on a little road in a beautiful part of China. Looking forward to when our paths next cross, not just the internet path! Cheers Merrin and Louise

aunty R :) on

Thank you both so much for sharing your travels with us - I felt like I was with you at times!!! especially in Melbourne!!!! lol - I'm so excited for you both because you are closing one amazing door and opening an even bigger door!! Good luck and God Bless and looking forward to reading more and more blogs re your true living! You are so right - one life, one chance and it is by far better to live one amazing day then a100 miserable ones! love you both XXX

Roger and Jane Bailey on

Loved meeting you guys on Condor in the Whitsundays ! Great being able to take the time to actually talk to you both over dinner on the transom! Keep living the dream and pursue those brilliant projects you envision with your great passion and energy! Love from both of us, Roger & Jane

John Sherry on

It has been most interesting reading your blogs. We read each and everyone and i think rather than the end you are now at a begining . Having realised that this is as good as it gets and there are no everafter goodies will ensure you will always do what is good for you at the time .Truly finding each other is the biggest accomplishment of ALL. Good Luck and very best wishes. John & Naomi

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awmorseuk on

Hi Paul & Karen
Thanks for sharing so much - it's been a journey for us too with two very amusing and interesting guides.
You're right. X Factor was total rubbish in 2011 (although Strictly was surprisingly good). Welcome home, Andy 'Remote Control' Morse.

MARY TSITEROU on

I CANT BELIEVE IT CAME TO ITS END THIS JOURNEY OF LIFE U HAD, AND WE HAD WITH U THANKS TO U WE SHARED YOUR EXPERIENCES, AND LIVED THROUGH YOU ALL THE WAY ! I M REALLY V SORRRY IT CAME TO AN END, HOW COME HOW I CANT BELIEVE NOT RECEIVING YOUR BLOGS ANY MORE PLEASE LETS KEEP IN TOUCH IT IS VERY PAINFUL FOR ME NOT RECEIVING YOUR NEWS ANY MORE, GOD BLESS U YOU WERE THE BEST WE ENCOUNTERED IN OUR WHOLE LIFE AND MIND U I M 64, I WISH U ALL THE BEST FOR YOUR NEW LIFE AND WISH U COULD SOME DAY DO IT AGAIN TO THE PLACES U LIKE THE MOST, LOTS OF LOVE THISI IS NOT COMPARED TO THE LOVE U SHARED WITH US ALL THIS TIME.

Marija on

Aw, you brought tears to my eyes Karen, and Paul you made me laugh :) Wow, what a dream you made real, and yes, I'm sure the world is a better place because of this trip, because undoubtedly, you have become better people. Thus should we all. Good luck with the re-entry, and keep smiling!

Dri on

Wow, I guess you are at present jetting back to the UK. I can't believe this is the end of the current episode of travel but am sure that life in general will be just as exciting. You injected a huge amount of energy into our minds in your short stay with us and imagine that's exactly what you did every where you went... so now its time to unleash a bit on the good folk of Britain. Enjoy catching up with your family and friends and good luck with the business ventures which I am sure will prosper and keep you youthful and free and happy for many days to come. Lots of love to you both x x

Nicky on

Well done dearies. 18 months is an achievement & yet you write as though you could go on. In India/Thailand for the Winter so look forward to catching up in Spring. May London embrace you. Shanti XXX

Dylan Rayner on

A fantastic end to a fantastic adventure for two fantastic people.
I cant believe I wont be getting any more blog posts to my inbox! Life will never be the same...... maybe you should now begin chronicling your re-absorption back into the rat race....... yuck never.... make that the rat race absorbing what you have learnt!
Lots of love

Tukkie on

Congratulations on an amazing journey! Thanks for sharing your adventures, and so eloquently too - a great read all the way (although admittedly I need to catch up on a few posts ;-)

I look forward to your 1BiGthing blog updates, Karen!
Best of luck and much love to you both
XXXXXXXXX

auntyp on

I have always Super enjoyed your blogs and you have made me laugh, sigh, worry get angry and feel all sorts of other emotions, one thing's for sure ..I have read every single one of them with great pleasure and a lot of ooohhhhsss and ahhhhssss!!!... You have been a great inspiration to us all and I am sooooo proud to be your aunty xxx I am sooooooooo looking forward to seeing you soon over a bottle of wine (don't worry I'll buy it ;p)..
God Bless you and a safe trip back to Uk xxxx Love you heaps :))))))

eileen farrugia on

what a fantastic read ,so sad and so happy,but glad to have you back see you tomorrow love you both x

Mummy Malta on

Nah this is just the beginning!! we will hear of more adventures I'm sure xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Lisa Osborn on

I feel very emotional for you and incredibly proud! I am proud of you both and feel privileged that I got to read and share your time and memories! It's inspiring to think there are people like you with the guts and the heart to actually "do it".... Love and thanks for sharing x I feel inspired x

mandycummins@gmail.com on

Truly inspirational & very touching....

Lotte Kuus on

Wow, what a journey! It was really incredible to read al those great experiences!
And I really love the last blog!! Good luck to you! Lotte (the girl from Holland, we met in Ubud).

Scibby on

What a journey and what a lovely blog... Well done guys and look forward to seeing you both soon.

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