The end is upon me. I have been back in the UK now for two days. Just wanted to end this series of blogs with a few reflections.
I never thought I would go travelling again, so I feel I deserve to pat myself on my back for all that I achieved during my time away.
I travelled for many weeks completely by myself
I planned and organised the whole trip myself
I drove the entire way around New Zealand single-handed
I crossed continental US
I returned back to where I used to live in Melbourne, Australia
I caught up with lots of good friends
I felt the fear and did it anyway.
It wasn’t always easy. Far from it. I did not take well to hostel life, which made the trip more expensive. I found eating healthy vegetarian food challenging at times. I felt lonely at times. But I also had some wonderful experiences.
I delighted in the unbelievable beauty of the Coromandel Peninsula in New Zealand
I was heartened by the resilience of the earthquake-stricken people of Christchurch
I retraced my steps through beautiful Melbourne
I made Laguna Beach and Orange County my second home
I was blown away by the sights and sounds of New Orleans
I was fascinated by the museums and galleries of Washington DC.
Anyone who has been travelling will always tell you coming home is hard. And it is. But I would not have changed it for a thing. YOLO as the youngsters say…..
Here are a few of my favourite photos from my trip.
I’ve been away for four weeks now, and the relax button has well and truly been pressed. Took me a while to get into the travelling mode, but I’m there now. It has made me realise how in my everyday life I am always looking for something to do, somewhere to be, whereas now I just wake up and think, what will I do today? Nothing? Ok then.
So I admit it. I’m having an affair. It’s been going on for years, but I finally have to tell you. I am in love with California. What’s that you say? You knew already!
It’s not just because my bestie lives here. Though that helps. I just love the lifestyle, the weather, the people (particularly my new pal Jody!), the beaches, the mountains, the rivers, the lakes, the food, the wine, the sunsets….shall I go on?
I am here for two more weeks then I come back again for Christmas 🙂
Here are a few photos from my last week in the golden state.