The Full RTW Recap + Plus your Questions Answered

Fitz-Roy

We are (at times, begrudgingly) home! After the most exciting 14 months of travel around the world, we made our way back to Calgary, partly out of necessity, but also because there’s truly no place like home.

It was hard to leave the world behind, but travelling long term is challenging too. We were fortunate that Thea’s job was waiting for her when we got back and that Phil found a new one quickly so we can start saving for more travels and new adventures!

Now that the dust has settled off our backpacks, here’s the most common questions we’ve received since we’ve been back:

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How to Beat the Post-Trip Blues

Mount Assiniboine

“So what’s it like to be back?” This is the question that we’ve had to answer most often since returning from our 14 month trip around the world. The short answer is, it sucks. We would have loved to have continued hiking, cycling, and SCUBA diving our way around the world, meeting new people, discovering favourite foods, and visiting familiar friends in foreign places, but the responsible thing to do was, of course, to make our way back home to Canada.

The long answer is more complicated though. We are very happy to see our friends and family again and we have had lots of fun setting up our new place and settling into a more stable routine. That said, being able to hike and explore every day while we were travelling was pretty freaking amazing.

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RTW Update – The Long Way Home

Elephant Nature Park

Wow, where to begin with this post? We have been in two different worlds and then, after over a year abroad, we finally made our way back home. From our last post where Thea hiked in the Himalaya and then we both chased tigers through Nepal’s remote terai region, we boarded a plane from Kathmandu to Bangkok for one last Asian stop before we would return to North America for the first time in 14 months.

Indeed the dream is coming to an end but not without some amazing adventures first so let’s recap!

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8 Tips to Help You Sleep on a Bus

tips for sleeping on a bus

As a long term traveller, you will find it quickly pays off to learn some tips to sleep on a bus. This is because the cheapest way to get between destinations is often taking a long overnight bus.  Long distance bus travel is also a greener option than taking a flight for those who are dedicated to practicing responsible tourism. Despite all of these positives, sleeping on these buses can be very challenging so we have put together some advice for how to get a good night’s sleep on an overnight bus!

Overnight buses are also a common rite of passage in many backpacking destinations.  For instance, it’s hard to get anywhere in South America without signing up for an overnight bus and it’s often the best way to stretch a dollar for the budget minded traveller.  If you want to arrive at your next destination somewhat refreshed and minimize the downtime recovering from these bus journeys we’ve got some tips for you.

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RTW Update – Teahouses and Tigers in Nepal!

Throng La Pass

Further to our last trip update, we parted ways in Nepal.  We had both dreamed of hiking in the Himalaya but those dreams required a bit of an adjustment with Phil’s broken foot.  We each travelled solo temporarily so Phil could rest and allow his broken foot to heal and Thea was able to scratch her hiking itch in the Himalaya.  We also spent some time in the jungles of Nepal searching for tigers, rhinos, and Asian elephants.  Read on for more!

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Kayaking in Antarctica: The Experience of a Lifetime

Kayaking in Antarctica

Kayaking in Antarctica is the ultimate bucket list item.  As lovers of adventure travel, when we found out that we had the opportunity to go sea kayaking in Antarctic waters on our expedition cruise we basically said “shut up and take my money”.  It’s probably one of the coolest, most badass things we’ve done in our lives.  Warning: this post may make you extremely jealous and cost you a lot of money when you decide to book an Antarctica Cruise.  You’ve been warned!

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