25 Things We Never Asked for from Traveling the World for a Year

25 things we didn't ask for from traveling the world together as a couple for a year!
We went traveling around the world together for a year and all we got was ... 25 things we never asked for from our year-long honeymoon around the world. Long term travel | Couple's Travel | Travel Stories | Travel Tips | Travel Advice

When we started planning our year-long extended honeymoon around the world, we didn’t really know what to expect.

We had a lot of hopes and dreams: we wanted to become wiser, healthier, better versions of ourselves. We wanted to become the sort of people who climb mountains regularly and do yoga at sunrise every day and read books rather than surf the internet and write deep, meaningful things about the life, the universe, and everything in our leather-bound travel journal. We wanted to be the kind of travel couple you see on Instagram, their blissful lives centered around nothing but looking attractive in different places each day.

Well, none of that happened. Except we did do yoga at sunrise exactly 1 time.

But we did gain a lot by travelling as a couple for a year. Frankly, most of what we gained was stuff we never asked for and are still trying to get rid of. Here’s a list of 25 things we never asked for from traveling together for almost a year!

25 things we never asked for from becoming a couple traveling the world together.
We’re a couple traveling the world together and we look nothing like apparently every other couple traveling the world together.

We traveled the world together for a year and all we got was …

1. At least 5 friends on Facebook that we don’t remember meeting

Like I’m sure we hit it off that one night in a hostel somewhere but maybe one of us was drunk or you kidnapped my phone and added yourself because I have no idea who you are or where we met. I’m going to keep liking all of your photos from Bali and Malaysia anyway.

2. A bunch of obnoxious anecdotes that start with “when we were in …”

Cue long-winded story that we already wrote about on the blog to some poor friend nodding politely and smiling while secretly rolling their eyes as hard as they can. 

3. The burning need to interject whenever we hear someone mention a place we’ve been to

All you have to do to is say “I was thinking of taking a trip to Colombia…” into the mirror 3 times fast and we’ll suddenly appear behind you with 15 blog posts and a 50-minute long monologue about how amazing it is/where to go/what to do/where to eat/which bus company to use/a recommended itinerary/a suggested budget/what to pack/where to stay

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4. An enormous sense of entitlement

Whenever some poor victim of our perpetual brag-fest initiated by innocent small talk  asks us questions like “so where are you from?” and then doesn’t seem appropriately impressed with our story of quitting our jobs, gallivanting off on a year-long honeymoon, hauling our shit around on our backs and backpacking our way through Alpaca World ™, we’re like, “ugh, that waiter/barista/cashier didn’t even seem impressed by us. What a dick.” Entitlement rating: too high.

5. An appreciation for ice water

Ice water feels so f**king luxurious now. Spending months having to purify every sip of water that we drank and carefully pushing aside dangerously wet lettuce leaves has given us a newfound appreciation for ice. They just GIVE it to you in the USA. Like, for free. Amazing!

Travel couple at Carizzo Plain superbloom in California, USA
“Hey girl … did I tell you about the time I traveled the world for a year?”

6. -10 pieces of clothing

When we started this trip, we painstakingly packed every piece of clothing carefully with an intended purpose in mind like “this is my Hiking Shirt ™” “this is my Casual Dress ™”  (and made a bunch of crucial mistakes, but still) but then we had to do laundry in sinks and move from hostel to hostel all the time and somewhere along the way all of my carefully chosen clothes were lost and replaced with random t-shirts, a giant scarf with an eagle on it, and like 3 pairs of sunglasses I’ve never seen before.

7. +10 lbs each (at least)

We had this idea that during the course of our ~travels~ we would both magically turn into the tanned, 6-packed, blonde travel couples frolicking up mountains and lounging on beaches together that are all you ever see on Instagram (like these 50 romantic AF Instagram #couplesgoals) or in the Google Results for “travel couples”. We figured through an intense regimen of Really Difficult Hikes, using our feet as our main form of transportation, and carrying 40+ pounds on our backs every day, our bodies would shape up into tan, sculpted Travel Bods. Instead, we both developed addictions to beer and croissants and my only tan line is from my beloved Tevas.

8. A raging sugar addiction

You know when you’re on vacation and the waiter asks if you want dessert and you’re like “F*ck it Cheryl , I’m on VACATION, so let’s DO have some creme brulee cheesecake and a wine spritzer marg!!! #YOLO!” We’ve been doing that every day for the past 12 months. Like we have to actually stop ourselves from having breakfast dessert or replacing entire meals with cake. RIP, Travel Bod dreams.

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9. The unreasonable expectation that every hotel, airbnb, and hostel have a pet

After befriending countless dogs, cats, alpacas, and chickens in hostels, we get extremely disappointed whenever a hostel, hotel, or AirBnB doesn’t have a pet. It’s officially one of the determining factors we use to decide which hostel to book. “This place is $100 a night for a 10-person dorm, but there’s a German Shepard puppy! Let’s book it.”

10. A deep resentment for everyone else sleeping in our hostel dorms

We’re too cheap to spend more than $20 a night on a place to sleep, but we’re also too old & too petty to not throw shade at the asshole eating a bag of chips in bed at 11pm or the douchebag who woke up at f***king dawn to loudly changed into his f***king yoga gear after insisting everyone turn the lights out at 7pm because his circadian rhythm had been reset at a Vipassana retreat (YES YOU, American douche in our hostel in Arequipa, Peru: YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE).

Tito the Llama at Llullu Llama hostel in Insinlivi on the Quilotoa Loop in Ecuador.
Tito is the resident llama at Llullu Llama on the Quilotoa Loop in Ecuador. We almost became friends when I gave him a few handfuls of grass. But then I ran out and he lost interest. In other news, we won’t stay at your hostel unless you have a llama or similarly adorable pet.

11. 10 hours of sleep every night

I’ve always wanted to be a Morning Person ™. I look at travel pictures on Instagram and they’re all captioned “arrived at dawn to take pics before everyone else showed up #butfirstcoffee” and “woke up at 4m purely out of excitement for the day ahead #travel” and figured, that’s what happens when you travel. Your circadian rhythm like, resets, and you just wake up magically at dawn ready for the exciting day of ~travel~ to begin.

Well, let me tell you: magically becoming a Morning Person™, much like Travel Bod, is a f**king lie. Since the literal day after I quit my job right up until this morning I have been completely unable to wake on anything less than a princessy 10 straight hours of sleep. And it’s not just me – we’re BOTH Rip Van Winkles. What is wrong with us that we need 10 f**king hours of sleep every single night?!

No art museum or empty beach or Insta-worthy photo op has ever been able to drag our asses out of bed before 9am. I have no idea how I’m going to explain this to future employers: “sorry I’m late again, it’s just that when I was travelling for a year my circadian rhythm reset, you understand.Ugh, do you hate us kind of? I do.

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12. The loss of all of our most expensive items

Bringing something that costs more than $100 on a long-term trip is basically like signing a contract that says “this item will serve as a sacrifice to the Travel Gods.” From the prescription sunglasses Jeremy lost on our first week in the blinding Caribbean sun to the Kindle I left on an overnight bus in Peru to the fancy technical hiking pants that got “lost in the laundry” the night before we left to hike to Machu Picchu (probably the root cause of our failure to hike the Inca Trail, tbh) nearly every single expensive item we brought has mysteriously vanished during our travels. 

13. The ability to speak Spanish conversationally to taxi drivers

I’m really proud of this, actually. When we stepped out of the airport in Cartagena last July and got into our very first ever taxi in South America, we spent 45 minutes circling around Getsemani trying to helplessly point at buildings and communicate via hand gestures to our poor, sweet driver who had no clue where our hostel was and no idea what we were trying to tell him in broken Spanish.

Flash forward months later as we ride to the airport in Santiago, I’m in the midst of a spirited political discussion about Trump’s win and the Chilean democratic system with my taxi driver. These days I prefer to sit up front in South American taxis just so that I can impress them with my conversational taxi Spanish.

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14. Lots of feelings about backpacks vs. suitcases

We’ve tried both, and at various points during our travels we’ve loved and hated each. On the one hand, backpacks are much easier to carry around and they limit the amount of stupid, useless sh*t you can burden yourself with – especially expensive sh*t that you will definitely lose. On the other hand, getting anything out of your bag requires a 20 minute long exercise in unpacking and re-packing (thank goodness for packing cubes).

When we don’t have our backpacks with us, we feel nostalgia for their ~character~ and yearn for the days when we could simply throw our things on our backs and go. When we do have our backpacks, we yearn for the days when we didn’t have to climb 3 flights of narrow, hot stairs carrying 40+ pounds of shit on our backs or worry about getting stuck in short doorways.

15. A maxed-out tolerance for tourist attractions (sorry, art museums)

I have this massive travel document where I researched each place we were going during our trip (before that all went to sh*t and changed a zillion times) and listed out all of the cool, fun stuff to do there. There’s a museum for each place we went – sometimes more than one. We’ve always been the sort of travelers who enjoy perusing art museums to learn about local culture and history. So I figured, we’ll hit up a lot of art museums. Art museums are great.

Well, f**k that. We went to like 3 art museums before we were like “let’s just f***king Google the history and culture.” Museums are great when you’re not going to one every f***king week. Nowadays, if it’s not free, and it’s not rated 15/10 on Trip Advisor, it’s not happening. In a similiar vein: statues, churches and cathedrals that aren’t world famous, Arc du Triumphes, ruins that aren’t literally Machu Picchu or similiar.

Ahem: a notable exception to the Museum rule is Brussels, Belgium, where we f**king BINGED on museums. Brussels has rad museums.

Travel Couple in Los Osos, California
We might not go out of our way for statues and cathedrals anymore but we DO go out of our way for nice beaches with tidepools and sea critters.

16. Snobby insider knowledge about various alcoholic drinks

Before this trip my opinions on wine could answer the question “red or white?” and that was it. Beer? Gross, no thank you. Pisco? Literally no idea what that is. Then we realized how much we love booze travel.

Turns out, we LOVE going to distilleries, breweries, and wineries. We LOVE doing guided tastings, food tours, food pairing tours, you name it. And through our newfound obsession with booze travel, we’ve gained a huge amount of snobby insider knowledge about booze. Wine? Well, we’ve been wine tasting in 4 countries, so which terroir are you referring to? Beer? Let me tell you about the 9-step pouring rule for Belgian beers (or just read this entire f***king Belgian Beer guide we wrote). Pisco? We’ve tasted it straight from the barrel AND learned how to make Pisco Sours from scratch. It’s like all of our douchey travel stories have converged with all of our drinking habits, turning us into absolutely the most irritating drinking partners of all time.

17. Several pending insurance claims

I’m so grateful that we bought Traveler’s Insurance, because it turns out that we’re incredibly accident and bad-luck prone. We were in possession of a rental car only once during our year-long trip around the world – a car that was entirely too expensive for our grungy backpacker needs – and within 20 minutes of said incredibly expensive car being placed in our care, the front headlight managed to somehow smash itself. Insurance claim #1. Although our insurance claims aren’t all due to our own bad luck. At one point we had to cut a portion of our trip short to  take care of my ailing 93-year old grandfather, who is fine now and also, it turns out, possibly immortal (but that’s another story, which you can read about here). Anyway, hopefully we get some sort of money back. Cross your fingers for us.

18. Whatever the opposite of  “a routine” is.

It’s been so long since we had anything resembling a routine that I’m worried about our ability to re-integrate into society in the future. There’s the “unable to wake up before 9am” thing. There’s also the “we made plans, but then we didn’t feel like doing them so instead we bought plane tickets to a different country” habit that we seem to have developed. 

And then there’s this Boy-Scouts-esque thing where we feel like we have to prepare for every possible situation each day “just in case” we feel like changing plans midway through the day and end up needing a jacket/snacks/computers/cameras/nail file/lip balm/our passports/cell phone chargers/raincoat/etc/etc.  Every day, each of us carries a fully packed day bag, as if we’re going on a hike to somewhere that has WiFi and outlets. One day we’re going to find ourselves standing in a grocery store or a bank or some other totally ordinary place with giant packs on our backs like “why the f**k did we bring all this sh*t?”

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19. Sooooo many pictures. Too many pictures.

We haven’t even had a chance to look through our wedding photos yet (ugh I feel so bad but they all got sent to us after we left and we just haven’t had time but ugh they were so expensive) and by now we’ve easily amassed another 20k+ pictures of sh*t like random dogs on the street and every plate of food we’ve eaten for the past 12 months. I have no idea if any of this stuff is even remotely usable, but we have to document everything Just In Case one day I get desperate and write a blog post like “all the dogs we took pictures of in South America” or “every plate of food we ate for the past 12 months.”

Travel Couple in the gothic quarter in Barcelona, Spain.
During our year of traveling the world, we attempted to take a LOT of couple travel photos, but probably 1/100 of them is even halfway decent. We also tend to re-use the ones that aren’t garbage over and over again, so … hope you like this picture of us.

20. A weirdly high tolerance for time spent in transit

After a zillion miserable 18-hour overnight bus rides on cliffside unpaved roads while watching poorly dubbed Fast and the Furious 18: A Series of Fast & Furious Events and trying desperately not to hurl, anything shorter seems like a walk in the park. So spending 8 hours cramped and thirsty on a budget airplane? Pssh! Ain’t no thing. Bring it on, Ryanair. 6 hour drive to go see some random roadside attraction I found on Atlas Abscura? Reasonable day trip.  Our transit time tolerance is insane.

21. A weirdly low tolerance for when laundry needs to be done

Like, at home it was pretty common for us to re-wear the same pair of jeans for a couple of weeks straight. Now? It’s everything. Laundry day isn’t even the day we run out of underwear anymore. It’s several weeks past that. You may call it gross, but we call it economical  – laundry costs money when you’re travelling! Precious money, that could be otherwise spent on things like croissants and beer. But don’t worry, showers are free.

22. Strong opinions about carbonated water

While backpacking South America, without realizing it, we suddenly found ourselves completely addicted to agua con gas. Gas water, as we lovingly call it, costs the same amount as buying regular bottled water – which you have to do anyway if you don’t feel like spending almost 2 minutes purifying your water with a Steri-Pen, which I’m not ashamed to admit we were sometimes too lazy to do – and so we found ourselves craving the bubbly, room-temperature bliss of a grocery store aisle gas water. And what’s more, we became brand snobs. We’re like those douchebags who refuse to drink anything but Evian and Perrier, only our brand of choice is only sold in Ecuador: nothing comes close to Guitig, which is snow-melt filtered through the Andes and naturally carbonated in mineral caves deep under the earth and then hand-bottled by tiny herds of magical alpacas. We long for the sweet, bubbly bliss of Guitig as much as we yearn for the marshmallowy finish of a perfectly poured Westvleteren (see: #16).

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23. 5+ years of marriage

Through various incredibly scientific calculations, we’ve deduced that the amount of time we’ve spent together as newlyweds (all day, every day, for the past 12 months straight) versus most normal people who have other things to do (jobs, friends, errands to run on their own, lives, etc) has given us the equivalent of roughly 5 years of marriage in an 11-month span.

I can actually count on one hand the number of occasions when we’ve been not-together for more than 10 minutes in the last 12 months. And it shows. When we started this trip, we were that sickeningly cute couple that does sh*t like play-fight over when to hang up or who gets to eat the last bite. Now we’re like that sad mid-40’s couple who has run out of things to say and is so exhausted by raising children and paying bills that conversation is actually too much of a hassle to even bother. We stopped actually talking months ago, finding that vague hand gestures and eye contact are just as effective.

(Side Note for concerned family & friends: obviously, this is a humorous exaggeration. We do occasionally get crankier with one another than we used to and we are greatly looking forward to not spending every waking minute up each other’s butts, but don’t worry, you won’t be getting your wedding gifts back anytime soon.)

24. A burning need to “nest” somewhere, anywhere, everywhere

Picking up our stuff and moving every few days to go explore a new place is as exhausting as it is exciting. And so while we’re not lamenting the massive quantity of wonderful places we’ve had the privilege to explore,  we’re also physically craving a home base with every travel-spent fiber of our beings. We’re at the point where we casually browse Craigslist apartment listings like we used to shop online for our next travel destination. We read blogs mocking overpriced McMansions and secretly wish we could have one even though they’re awful. We hate-watch HGTV and quietly rage every time Tammy or Linda or Bryce says something like “this basin sink is just a real deal breaker for us” or “we really need a big backyard for Jayden and Brayden to play in, and this 1,000sq foot plebian dog patch just isn’t cutting it” or “we’re really looking for a home with character.” If there’s so much as a solitary shelf in our hostel room, we carefully arrange our packing cubes on it and then snap at each other when we inevitably leave our s**t strewn everywhere like “that shirt needs to be put back on the shelf where it belongs.” We’re THIRSTY for somewhere to live.

25. The realization that we’re actually basic as f**k

We travelled around the world for nearly a year, living out of backpacks, hitchhiking through the Andes, catching rides on chicken trucks to cross borders, road tripping through French wine country, living the f***king dream life … and we realized that what we really want now is a house, a couch, Netflix, and maybe like, a dog. Long, boring walks at twilight. A daily gym habit. A regular coffee shop where they know our order. Wine glasses. Pieces of reclaimed wood with decoupaged maps and inspirational quotes plastered all over our walls. 

You know what? It turns out we’re really f**king basic after all. And after this crazy, amazing, exhausting adventure is over, we can’t wait to settle down, pop out a bunch of kids, go on weekend trips and family vacations, and then – once the kids are gone and we’ve had a good long rest – pack up our old, worn-out backpacks and do it all over again.

Have you ever ended up with something you never asked for after a long trip? Tell us about it in the comments! And hey, if you thought this post was entertaining-ish, how about sharing it on Pinterest?Full sized image can be found by clicking the “Pin It” button.

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Hey, I'm Lia! I'm a Kentucky native living in San Francisco. I'm extremely practical and also entirely addicted to travel, which I'm forever trying to reconcile. If I had a patronus, it would a spreadsheet. Or a llama. Possibly a llama creating a spreadsheet. I'm married to Jeremy and I'm obsessed with him and it's super gross, unless you're us, in which case it's the best.

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  1. Telma says: Reply

    This is so funny! We have been travelling for nearly 1.5 years, and decided to come home for two months to see friends, family and to sort some things out.
    As much as we are looking forward to go back where we left, instead of going to Sri Lanka from India, we flew back home, I am not going to lie that being back at home is bloody great!!!
    OMG, drinking tap water, not worrying about finding accommodation every couple of days, no more 16 hours train journeys, no more noisy roommates, being able to cook and eat whatever we want, WHEN we want it, watching tv…and the list goes on.
    I completely understand why many travellers after a year or so of travelling cannot wait to go back to their old life. We are giving it another year or so. Let’s see what happens next 🙂


  2. Kayla says: Reply

    We hate-watch HGTV too much lol. Excuse me, their budget is HOW much? Are you kidding me?

    1. Lia says: Reply

      RIGHT?! And they’re always like, professional dog-walkers and shoe-shiners with 1mil budgets. Like HOW?!

  3. This is so TRUE! I honestly relate to so many of these points. At least once a month some rando shows up on my Facebook timeline and I turn to by fiance and ask him if he remembers them and we both shrug. We came home to nest as well. Not sure we’ll wait until retirment to do it again but having a home and a couch waiting after every trip is wonderful!

    ps- Would actually love to see a blog post featuring all the photos of adorable dogs you took in South America! Who doesn’t love cute dogs?

    1. Lia says: Reply

      Like, I was secretly hoping that someone would actually say that just so we’d have a reason to do it. So thank you for giving me the validation that I needed!

  4. This is too perfect, Lia! I’ve been right with you on the several death stares I must have shot at the annoying hostel roommates over the years and have also puzzled over many a missing item from my backpack. I’ve been travelling and working abroad on/off for five years so I am definitely concerned at how I will transition into a ‘normal’ life once more. But your last point reassures me that you’ll get there. As long as there are pets, clearly!

    1. Lia says: Reply

      Yeah, that’s really what matters. When we’re normal, basic people with regular lives again, we can have our OWN pets!

  5. Julianne says: Reply

    I don’t even know where to START because I love this post so much. So I’ll just say: bloody brilliant. 🙂

    1. Lia says: Reply

      You’re so sweet 🙂 and I see that you’ve done something else we’ve picked up on our trips: using foreign slang.

  6. Hahah… Very well said!….And especially point No. 8 is so true !! :D… Replacing actual meal with a cake 😉 :)…

    1. Lia says: Reply

      We do it way more than I care to admit. It’s a problem.

  7. Lolol this post was hilarious!! I loved the concept and the honesty behind it! I guess I won’t book a year of travel with my new(ish) husband, coz I do like our basic life with regular travel interruptions

    1. Lia says: Reply

      We are so excited for the return of basic life. It’s really underrated.

  8. Haha, what a cute idea for a post! I love it! There’s so much that we can relate to!

    1. Lia says: Reply

      Thanks Megan 🙂

  9. I’m quite literally obsessed with this! I want my husband and I to be best friends with you and yours. This was such a perfect post, so funny and gave me a real sense of what your adventure was.
    Me and my husband have been to a couple of different countries, most recently eloped in Thailand so that was definitely a trip that was amazing. But we need to travel way more, thank you for this!

    1. Lia says: Reply

      Let’s be besties, Amanada! 😀 You’re so sweet!

  10. This made me laugh SO hard. I also thought I’d lose weight moving to Europe …but I’m maybe 5lbs down, but way too content eating chocolate every day. I’m actually considering applying to House Hunters, but it’s probably a terrible idea. Anyways, even after you settle down, you two will be awesome and I hope that I see you along the way anywhere else 😉

    1. Lia says: Reply

      Haha I think Europe is probably where we gained most of our weight! We were walking everywhere but also … Belgian Chocolate, Belgian beer, French everything … oh man. So good!

  11. Hahahaaa, this is hilarious! Hmmm, we’ve been on the road for seven-ish months and what i have is: basic Turkish vocab, a broken backbone, longing for other clothes (i’m a fucking materialist after all), incredibly hairy legs (well…), addiction to Baklava, dislike for every spot with an entrance fee…also lost any interest in washing dishes or cleaning. (Like, we´ve been in this rent for two weeks but we don´t even have a mop – and it is obvious by the white floors, but meh). Loved this article, I want to pin it like 50 times.

    1. Lia says: Reply

      Girl, you could write your own post. “I went travelling for 7 months and all I got was LITERALLY A BROKEN F**KING BACK.” You win, but I’m not sure that’s a competition you really wanted to win D:

  12. This is so spot on it’s fantastic! Although the longest time I’ve been able to travel so far has been 3 months in Europe, I related to sooo many things on here (i.e. weight gain, need for sleep) especially the new Facebook friends I have zero recollection of actually meeting. It got so bad that even one started messaging me to meet up and I was just like uhhh… hey youuuuu about that

    1. Lia says: Reply

      I feel so bad, especially because like what if they think of us as lifelong travel-buds and then they see I de-friended them and they’re like OMG how could she we were totally planning to visit each other in 10 years for a reunion of that one really fun night we all got drunk together? But also like who are you and how did we meet lol

  13. This is hilarious and all but too familair although I never travelled that long. Excellent list and I can’t wait for the one that says: screw it: we’re moving to London or something similair.

  14. I LOVE your post! It’s really a great piece 🙂 But don’t be too sure of getting that rest.. we are planning a trip like that; WITH our kids 🙂 Take care

    1. Lia says: Reply

      Wow, that’s a whole other level of ridiculousness! I admire you – we’ll see how we feel in a few year when we have itchy feet and a few toddlers running around …

  15. Ressa says: Reply

    I could not stop laughing when I was reading! This was such a great post, and it brings so much joy to hear that you two have been through so much as newlyweds! What a great journey! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Lia says: Reply

      Thank you Ressa! It’s been a pretty awesome first year of marriage. Probably the rest of it will be really boring in comparison, which sounds lovely 😛

  16. Laura says: Reply

    This is hilarious I love it! I’ve only just started travelling with my boyfriend and so far so good! We’re talking about getting a van and driving around Europe for a year… so let’s see how that goes!

    1. Lia says: Reply

      That sounds fun, Laura! I wish you the best of luck!

  17. Shauna says: Reply

    Hillarious! Relate to many of these points, reminds me of the laundry showers I took in Santa Marta!

    1. Lia says: Reply

      I learned the ol’ Laundry Shower (and the ol’ “rolling up your clothes in towels and stomping the shit out of them”) tricks from my mom years ago on my first trip overseas. It’s stuck with me ever since, except I’m too lazy for even that amount of effort so I just carry around bags of dirty clothes from hostel to hostel until I find someone else willing to do my laundry for me.

  18. Hilarious and disappointing…I’m taking a career break later this year – I was quite sure I’d become a morning person (and maybe thin, too) after 41 years of snooze button abuse. I’ll let you know how that works out, haha!

    1. Lia says: Reply

      I don’t want to burst your bubble, so I support you and wish you the best! But also just so you know I’m going to be even more pissed if you become thin/a morning person on your travels and we’re just the only assholes who fell off the wagon entirely.

  19. Ooh, even after just 2 months of full-time travel, many of these are ringing true! I’m definitely still holding out for my Travel Bod and becoming a Morning Person. 😉

  20. This one’s a brilliant post! I normally don’t have the patience to read through a long post, but this one had me glued! And, the things you wrote are so true unlike all those travel blogs where you are happy to be moving all the time. I love traveling, but I look forward to my couch and Netflix after every trip! Thumbs up for true thoughts!

    1. Lia says: Reply

      I’m honored that we held your attention for the length of the post 😛 Thanks so much!

  21. First of all, love this. Read through it all and want to read it out loud to my boyfriend later. I appreciate your honesty and realness! This was so good. I can totally understand the need for ‘nesting’ after a year of traveling. I live abroad and appreciate the mix of travel and staying put, cause I think I would be spent after a whole year.

    1. Lia says: Reply

      Living abroad strikes the perfect balance between constant travel and nesting, I think!

  22. Emily says: Reply

    I found myself alternating aggressive head-nods with outright giggles at this post – you’re an excellent writer my dear! And I’ll definitely be back for more 🙂

    1. Lia says: Reply

      Omg that’s so sweet of you to say! Especially because we LOVE your blog. We used your South America posts to plan like 75% of our trip! And while we were down there we met some people on the Quilotoa Loop who’d done the same, so basically y’all are famous. You’re total #bloggoals for us!

  23. Chloe says: Reply

    I love your style of writing, so funny! I’d have to agree with the taking too many photos thing.

    1. Lia says: Reply

      You’re so sweet, thank you!

  24. Ahaha I can’t cope with this, it’s just too relatable. Apart from possibly the laundry one – but that could be because I’ve been back in the normal world for too long ;). So funny though, you’ve inspired me to release a post I wrote about the kind of people you meet traveling but my boyfriend said the internet would hate me if I did. You gotta do what you gotta do! Seriously though, love the honesty of this, and I totally get how it feels to be constantly in each others company, which I loved…but also cherished the alone time I had when washing my hair (literally the longest we were ever apart haha)! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Lia says: Reply

      I’m glad you could relate! Please don’t judge us for our laundry habits. I’m sure when we’re back to reality that will change…hopefully! I’d love to read your post, I’ve considered writing a post like that myself 😛

  25. Mary-Lee says: Reply

    Wow. You are hilarious.
    I’m torn, after reading your story, between wanting to do the same as you, or wanting to go back home and never go out again, but surely, seeing you guys all day (yes, I’m the French Canadian girl you babysitted all afternoon) was really inspiring. I don’t think I realized- even though you told me! – before reading this post, that you just spent the last 12 months together, 24/24h in hostels, transportations, and your backpacks. It JUST kicked in. RESPECT.

    (And now I feel stupid suggesting you where to buy “souvenirs”… As if you were going to buy souvenirs at every single place you visit..)

    Anyway, thanks for sharing your stories, it’s really funny (and reassuring… I tend to expect so much from myself when I travel. It’s good to hear other travelers stories)

    Take care, and long live to you two! You are great. X

    – Mary-Lee

    1. Lia says: Reply

      Haha you’re so sweet! It was awesome hanging out with you 🙂 We actually really appreciated your suggestion because we never buy souvenirs and we realized that we had pretty much nothing to show for our year abroad other than a lot of blog posts and a few photos 😛 so we’re looking to stock up while we can! I hope you had a safe trip home (and I hope you didn’t get sick! Did you? I got really sick when we got back to the hotel and I think it was because of the water in the cenote)!

  26. Monica says: Reply

    I can relate to #2 and #3 so badly hahaha! I live in Korea now but I lived in Japan for three years and whenever anyone mentions Korea or Japan I want to stand up and say, “That’s where I live(d)!” I actually did that a few weeks ago when I was visiting my hometown in the U.S. I had to sleep in a hotel for a night due to a long layover, and in the hotel lobby we were waiting for our shuttle to the airport to arrive and three men were talking close by about visiting Korea and I said, “I live in South Korea!” and they completely ignored me. Looked at me like I was an idiot. And I just grumbled about it because I thought, “What jerks! I’m the expert! I’m married to a Korean citizen and I’m fluent in Korean! Don’t they know I’m a wealth of information and experience? Why would they dare talk about Korea without consulting me first?” hahahaha thankfully that was the only time I was ever ignored – most people who sat next to me on the plane and learned that I live in Korea wanted to ask me about it and I had a lot of really cool conversations with people who traveled to Asia or who wanted to. You just have to sort through the snobs to find the real travelers I guess haha!

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