Today is the one year anniversary of when we hopped in the car and said goodbye to Las Vegas on our way to the Grand Canyon and beyond. While this year has seen it’s ups and down, the experience of traveling has been tremendous and I am still often in disbelief at all of the places we have visited. So many of my dreams have been realized in the past year and for that I am grateful.
While the idea of leaving everything behind and traveling around the world may seem crazy to some, my thought is, “If not now, then when?” I have seen too many of my friends taken away before their time to put off living life to it’s fullest. I realize just how blessed we have been to not only have the idea to live this dream, but to be able to actually do it.
With that said, traveling for a year has taken a toll on us. At this point fatigue sets in much quicker than a year ago and from time to time we need to concentrate in order to get excited about things. We have learned that many places offer similar experiences and that it is alright if we don’t experience everything. This in particular has been challenging for me, since I am the type of person who does want to do everything!
At the beginning of the trip we weren’t sure how everything was going to work out with Shawn Reece’s schooling. While we have had our struggles with getting him to concentrate on doing school work, his skill level seems to be where it needs to for his grade level and the experiences he has gained from this trip are absolutely priceless.
Currently we are in Cambodia visiting the world famous ancient temples of Angkor Wat. From the first time I laid eyes on pictures of this special place it has been a dream of mine to visit. We are planning to travel around Southeast Asia for another 45 days or so before visiting Hong Kong and then moving westward, probably to India.
The plans as of now see us returning to the United States around September or October of this year. Originally we planned a two year trip, but we have always said we would be open to whatever amount of time it takes. A year and a half is about what seems right to us at this point and believe me, I appreciate what a tremendous opportunity it has been to take a break from normal day to day life for this long.
While the updates haven’t come as often lately, I assure you that I have continued to account for our lives daily. The hold up has not been in me writing, but in finding the time to edit and publish the posts. Be patient, because by the end I will have accounted for every day of our trip. I hope this not only helps other families in their trip planning, but also serves as a detailed way for us to jog our memory as the trip fades into the past.
Most of all I want to say thank you to everyone who has commented and emailed us during the past year. I hope you enjoy the blog and reading about our adventures. Please continue to keep in touch as the communication really helps me keep the motivation to continue writing. Hearing from our friends and family and meeting the new people who have found us through this blog has been such a tremendous experience. We just want to thank everyone for being there and being a part of our lives. Hakuna Matata!
The Coomer Family