Gone and Back Again

I dropped a bit of news in this week’s podcast about the future of my trip – and in case you haven’t listened to the show yet (shame!) or you have and want some more details, here is the long, well-written. more meaty explanation.

My visit to Vietnam ends on March 3, wrapping up nearly a month here in the country.  From there, I’m off to Hong Kong where I’ll meet up with Chris for an experience that we’ve been waiting six years to make a reality.

A year after we met, we made our first trip together to Walt Disney World.  From there, we’ve visited Disneyland in California, Disneyland Paris, and – as expected, given Chris’ great work on TDRExplorer.com – we have made many visits to Tokyo Disney Resort.

However one park has remained elusive to allow us to join a special club – to be among the Disney Parks fans who’ve visited every Disney theme park in the world.  The park that completes that goal is Hong Kong Disneyland.  And in March, we’re making it happen.

It’s not a budget travel goal.  It’s definitely not a backpacker goal.  But it’s something I’ve wanted to do for a long time, and being in this part of the world, getting to Hong Kong is very affordable.

The bigger news that I dropped in the podcast is that after Hong Kong, I will be boarding a plane and returning to North America.  To stay for a while.  Gone John – the trip – is coming to a conclusion.  For now.

It’s been an amazing five months on the road, and while I haven’t visited all the countries I wanted to, I can’t be disappointed.  The experiences I’ve had, the people I’ve met, and the places I’ve visited have changed me.  It has changed how I view what’s important in life.  I’ve realigned my goals – career and personal.  I have a better sense of what I want to be next in my life.

Among what I want to be “next” is that all of this – the blog, the podcast – is not ending.  The trip never really ends, it’s just on pause for now.

One of the biggest inspirations in advance of my trip – and during it – has been Rolf Potts’ book, Vagabonding.  I’ve used this quote before, but it continues to ring true even as I plan to load my backpack on to one more flight next month :

Vagabonding is about gaining the courage to loosen your grip on the so-called certainties of this world.  Vagabonding is about refusing to exile travel to some other, seemingly more appropriate, time of your life.  Vagabonding is about taking control of your circumstances instead of passively waiting for them to decide your fate.

And so, come March when I get back on Canadian soil, it’s to find work and so something productive which will fuel my creative desires and earn an income.  But, rest assured, at some point, I’ll be “gone” again.

But this leg of the journey isn’t over yet.  There are still a few weeks abroad.  And more adventures are to come once I return to Canada.

So for now, that’s the news… onward to more great stories from the road.

(And for Pete’s sake… subscribe to the podcast!)

1 thought on “Gone and Back Again”

  1. Sorry to hear that the car didn’t sell and that your travels abroad have to be “suspended”. I truly enjoy your “stuff” and have cited your site and activities to family and friends as being invigorating and inspirational. Unfortunately, you left after I discovered a corner bar 1 block from AIVI Hostel. I hung out there at different times of the day and night and shot many vids as well as took hundreds of street action pics. I’ve experimented with creating my own Youtube channel and sit here wondering what I really want to do with it. Do I dig into the archives or set it up as you did.
    2 vids are online at Youtube under “Stub Toe Travels”.

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