Why We Returned To Raleigh + What’s Next?

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So you are perfectly safe to keep following along, as travel will ALWAYS be part of our life, and we will continue to keep providing you with travel inspiration, stories and tips for years to come.

In fact, we are training Kalyra and Savannah to do more so they can eventually carry on the legacy.

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Just so you know we are legit, we’ve been back in Raleigh two weeks and have already gone for a couples weekend getaway to Nashville and Craig and the girls are currently waving their wands at Universal Orlando with Australian friends.

When life says now, you turn your car and go.

If you struggle with fears of time racing you by and having to do it all NOW, then it’s essential you read that post so you can take a breathe and realize the goodness that can happen in your life when you let go of time and allow a slower and more fulfilling journey that unfolds in the right time for you.

So apart from suddenly reaching a point where our energy said, “No more. I think it’s time to return back to Raleigh,” here are a few more reasons that contributed to that energy block. (Craig agrees with all of these points so it was an easy family decision. The girls were excited to come home too.)

So apart from suddenly reaching a point where our energy said, “No more. I think it’s time to return back to Raleigh,” here are a few more reasons that contributed to that energy block. (Craig agrees with all of these points so it was an easy family decision. The girls were excited to come home too.)

Missing Raleigh and stability

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I missed and yearned for it as much as I once yearned for the open road. All I could see what I was missing and my sacrifices became too much to bear.

Every dream life you want to create will involve sacrifices. If the sacrifices are too heavy to bear, then you are creating the wrong life.

When I found myself constantly looking at homes in Raleigh and what festivals, concerts and events were on, and then nearly crying because I was missing at least 5 of my favorite artists, I realised something needed to change.

I just don’t want to be away from that joy for long periods of time now.

I’d now rather choose a few places a year and explore for a set period of time returning to a home base in Raleigh. We are finally ready, and longing to establish ourselves in a community and place we call home.

We’ve been in our new rental now for just a week, and I am so in love with it. I’ve realized that I feel so much happier when I am not traveling full time.

I loved with when I was younger, but now I know who I am, and what makes me happy, I no longer need to roam in that way. When you know what you want, it’s best you just go get it.

The US has a LOT of travel challenges

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Road tripping the US was much harder than I realized. I am surprised to say Australia was much easier.

In the US, there is just too much to see and do. It’s crazy. It’s a quality problem I know, but also really exhausting!!

Many of the states really are only available for three – four non-winter months of the year.

How do you fit 52 states in that time frame?

Our path kept changing to circumnavigate around snow storms and missed a few of our bucket list places because of weather. It was time consuming to do all that planning and researching and changing course.

It was a huge challenge when it came to planning and trying to fit as much in as we could in those months.   It’s really not good for digital nomads to move so quickly, but we knew our time was finite on this trip so we felt we had to.

By the time we got to the mountain states, which was what we were so excited to see, it was near October and the cold was fast approaching and we even had a light flurry in Yellowstone National Park.

A year of winter does not float my boat

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I feel like I missed summer this year, only really experiencing about 10 days of the heat I love so much. That’s not a joyful life for me. I don’t want long periods of cold, especially in an RV.

It seemed like the cold kept following us. We had to laugh one day at a weather map that was showing the entire country having a heatwave except this tiny strip in the Pacific Northwest where we were located and the map eloquently labelled it, everywhere hot but here!!

My heart aches now knowing winter will be here in a few weeks (Actually, Jackson Hole got a huge dumping of snow a few days after we left.) I couldn’t bear another day of cold.

We were like, oh no I don’t think so. Put those damn UGG boots away. I think I wore them all but 10 days on the trip. Mornings and evenings were cool, even if the day was warm, so they came in handy

Health priorities

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Since we’ve been traveling in dry Pacific Northwest the past few months, I’ve been suffering from allergies, with terrible itchy and burning red rashes and flaking skin around my eyes and neck.

I had no idea you could suffer this badly from it and I’ve been having to take Claritin every day, which is NOT what I usually do nothing else I tried worked.

Since I returned to the humid heat, it has mostly disappeared. So for some reason dry climate + pollen is not good for me. I’m so happy to be away from it.

The older I have gotten the more health and routines that give me optimal health are important to me. Travel is brutal for your health.

Your body really does not like the constant disruption and moving to new environments and trying new foods. Plus, you tend to overindulge when you travel, and you never know what the kitchen is cooking with.

Due to a few different food intolerances, I now have a long list of things that aren’t good for my body. I can control that really well when I have a stable home base and routines in place, including the ability to get the right food from places like Thrive Market. It’s hard to get that shipped to you when you’re constantly on the move.

I no longer want to make that a long term daily battle. I feel so much cleaner, healthier, trimmer with much better energy when I’m not traveling full time.

Stability and routine – including a daily exercise regime – is now an essential part of my life. It was difficult to maintain it with consistency traveling full time – again too great a sacrifice.

Internet and work challenges

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Since we visited so many wilderness areas, it does make sense that it was a challenge.

10 years ago I wouldn’t have even known if there was service anywhere and when I was teaching, my colleagues made me a farewell shirt that said, 5 Things our Aussie mate taught us, and one of them was that sick days are meant to be taken.

I am not like that anymore. I LOVE what I do. I love creating. I love being productive. And I hate having work pile up around me, so bad that I can’t even see where to start the clearing of them.

This is how, not just earn an income, but create and express our joy to help others.

For the past three months we’ve barely had service and as I mentioned, there is just way too much to see and do.

Of course, we weren’t not going to do it as we were traveling to experience the USA, so we were okay with letting it go, but it soon reached a point when my energy said,

“Okay enough about you and overindulging, time to get back to work and do something meaningful for others.”

We are so excited to be back in Raleigh working on our blogs and projects and taking things to a new level and finally producing content to share the amazing journey we did have!

WHAT’S NEXT?

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We have found a rental already. It’s perfect with enough space for us in a quiet Cary neighborhood. We’re 20 mins to downtown Raleigh, 8 minutes to downtown Cary and have 2 cool breweries only a short bike ride away!!

What I love about it is that our backyard is filled with pine trees, so it feels like we’re literally in a forest – very much the part of RV living that I loved.

I am embracing decorating and turning this house into a home. Something I have never bothered doing before.

We will share photos when it is complete! Right now there are boxes everywhere!

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As mentioned, it will not end, and we already have two trips under our belt! Craig took me to Nashville as a surprise trip for my birthday to see the Talbott Brothers play live.

It was the best! If you follow our social, you’ll know we met them after and they sang Happy Birthday to me as well as my favorite song, Young.

Travel Blogging Work

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As mentioned, it is quite distressing knowing the work in front of me to plow through. We have so many fantastic destinations and experiences to share with you.

I’m fearful many of the stories will get lost. We’re going to do our best to churn them out over the coming months, as well as our videos.

Sadly, my hard drive is dead and I have lost a ton of videos. I am working with someone at the moment to perform a miracle and resurrect them.

After 22 years of travel, I have learned to very easily let things go, so if he can’t fix it, I’ll shrug with a, “Oh well so be it.” But it is disappointing.

I know I know I know. I should be backing up. That’s why I’m not choosing the full time nomadic travel lifestyle anymore. It’s so easy to say that, btu when you have 10 minutes a day to get shit done, lots of stuff does not get done. Plus, we can’t back up to the cloud because it takes internet, which we had little of AND data caps.

Now I can take care of backing up data properly (especially with unlimited fiber fast internet) and it’s high on my list of tasks to get done. Please leave your solutions in the comments.

Our exciting new project with Participate

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It’s a crazy full circle story which I shared in my TBEX keynote.

We’ll be spearheading a new arm of the business where we’ll be helping their foreign teachers travel more in the US. Participate changed our lives and was instrumental for us to be where we are now and to fall in love with the US and share it with the world.

Participate’s mission is global exchange. Where foreign teachers share their cultures with the students they teach and the communities they live in and then return back to their home countries to share what they learned about the US with their home communities.

We are beyond excited to help these teachers explore the US so they have endless stories to share when they get home.

We’ll share more about that in the coming months as it unfolds.

We’ll share the behind the scenes of setting up our new life here via email and on Instagram stories so follow along. Be sure to send us your curious questions so we can create content on it to help you!

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