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Last days of our trip

and lessons along the way

During the last couple of days in Canada, sold our car and celebrated the birthday of Sophie. For the first time in a long time we went out, so of course Edda had a hangover on the plane the next day...

And then that’s it. Three more flights and the world trip would be officially over.

So, it’s time for recap.

Everybody wants to travel, but a question that a lot of people have been asking us is, why are you throwing away 2 years of your life to travel the world?

Sometimes the answer is hard to explain, and hard for some people to understand. 
Maybe it’s just a feeling that before the ‘serious’ life start, you have to have lived, explored and discovered your true self. Sometimes the modern society, your family, friends and your environment force unconscious expectations on you. We wanted to get rid of all that. Discover what the world has to offer, and discover what we genuinely want in life.
Has the journey been what we expected?

First of all, we learned a great deal about ourselves and especially about each other. Living 22 months so close together, 24/7, which includes months and months of living in a van really creates a bond, creates a bigger understanding for each other, and builds a really deep connection. You get to know what both of you are best at, and together develop a lot of interests, and have a lot to talk about. You go through some extraordinary moments, yet also many stressful moments and big fights, but you learn to talk it out.

Secondly, a world trip sure gives you a lot of time to read and think. Now, we think that it is a luxury to be able to stop and reflect on what you truly want to do for work and leisure. We hope we will never stop thinking about it.

Since we didn’t have TV or games, we had to go for books. We started reading study books and learning about things that genuinely interested us. We both found our interests in this way, and we will pursue these.

Third, we are very happy we did the trip quite independently, and that we spend a lot of time exploring places by ourselves with our own vehicle. It might not have been the most eco-friendly (our whole trip probably wasn’t), but the freedom to explore, meet locals and go wherever you want is what makes the trip worthwhile and distinguishes it from a random holiday. Many things we did, you can’t do on a tour and that’s what separates travellers from tourists.

Although the world trip is finished, the adventures continue in New Zealand ;)
Below some of the best moments during the trip

NZ mountains

NZ mountains

4 days on the river

4 days on the river

Helitrip to the Coromandel

Helitrip to the Coromandel

The van life

The van life

Christophe the chef

Christophe the chef

Edda's cooking

Edda's cooking

The red center

The red center

The Australian outback

The Australian outback

Fencing at a cattle station

Fencing at a cattle station

Cowboy Christophe

Cowboy Christophe

Sunset in paradise

Sunset in paradise

Fishing in Perlubie bay

Fishing in Perlubie bay

Getting (almost) bogged in Esperance

Getting (almost) bogged in Esperance

Harvest work

Harvest work

Sailing race in Esperance

Sailing race in Esperance

Sunset at the Great Barrier Reef

Sunset at the Great Barrier Reef

Snorkelling at the Great Barrier Reef

Snorkelling at the Great Barrier Reef

Blue fire in Ijen

Blue fire in Ijen

Sunrise in Bromo

Sunrise in Bromo

Asian food

Asian food

More Asian food

More Asian food

Hitchhiking in Malaysia

Hitchhiking in Malaysia

Hiking in the tropics

Hiking in the tropics

SUPing in the Philippines

SUPing in the Philippines

Crazy public transport

Crazy public transport

Hello Nemo

Hello Nemo

Learning meditation

Learning meditation

Inle lake trip

Inle lake trip

Temples in bagan

Temples in bagan

Meeting friends on the way

Meeting friends on the way

The Chinese Wall

The Chinese Wall

Myanmar by train

Myanmar by train

Working for food and board

Working for food and board

Glacierlakes

Glacierlakes

White water rafting

White water rafting

The Canadian Rockies

The Canadian Rockies

Glaciers on the icefields parkway

Glaciers on the icefields parkway

US coastal trip

US coastal trip

Posted by cjfvdk 14:49 Archived in Canada

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