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:
“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.
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!
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!
When we last left off, we had spent a couple of days stuffing ourselves with Turkish breakfasts, baklava, and döner in Istanbul before heading to Fethiye to finish gearing up for our trek along the Lycian Way. Following a couple of days in the pretty coastal city, we set off for our attempt to hike the full 540km trail along Turkey’s Mediterranean coast.
While deciding on where to go during our 14 month trip around the world, we set our sights firmly on South Africa. Its reputed beauty, delicious food and wine, scenic coastlines, world-class hiking, and of course the chance to safari in Kruger National Park inspired us immensely. Having thoroughly enjoyed our road trip along South Africa’s stunning Garden Route, we were keen to start a South Africa self-drive safari from Johannesburg to the legendary Kruger National Park.
Sheltered by mountains, bookended by sprawling coastlines, home to both modern architecture and colourful historic neighbourhoods, Cape Town easily earns its rank amongst the most beautiful cities in the world. Whether you get to spend a week in Cape Town or all the time in the world, travelling to the Cape Town, the Mother City in South Africa is always a good idea.
We’ll cover where to stay in Cape Town, some day trips from Cape Town, and talk a bit about Cape Town on a budget, to help you make the most of your a week in Cape Town!