We have officially been on our RTW (round-the-world) trip for one month as of today. We left Minneapolis for Tokyo September 19th and I can still remember the odd feeling of leaving the U.S. and realizing we would not be back until sometime in the Summer of 2015. So far the trip still has the feeling of being a vacation (a LONG vacation) versus traveling without an end in sight. The idea of trying to cram as much in as possible each day still tugs at me, but I’m trying to do a better job of enjoying the little things.
Alana and I have been a pretty good team so far, although travel days have easily been the most stressful times for us. We are trying to stay in places for longer periods to keep those days to a minimum, the fewer the better in my book! Our potential sources for arguments on the road have been handled pretty well, at least with Alana’s becoming ‘hangry’ issue. 🙂 We have also hit the portion of our trip where lots of beaches and water (HELLO Philippines!) will be in our future, so our stress levels should be going way way down.
Looking forward to what month two has in store!
It’s both easy and hard to believe we left Minneapolis one month ago. I don’t feel like we have been on the road for a whole month but at the same time landing in Tokyo seems like forever ago. So far the trip has gone much smoother than I imagined. Even though we are on our third country, it is only our fourth city, so I think staying in places for several nights has made it easier.
I still feel like I am on vacation and haven’t been able to fully commit to slow, long term travel. We arrived in Seoul with absolutely no plans and didn’t do much of anything for the first few days. It completely stressed me out! I couldn’t shake the feeling that we were wasting our time and missing out on activities and sites. Matt had to keep reminding me that we had two weeks and plenty of time to figure it out. We ended up having a great time and found some really fun activities in Seoul! So, I guess if my only problem is learning to slow down, things must be going pretty well. 🙂