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Recap: 9 Months of Traveling the World

We’ve passed the halfway point of our trip and it’s starting to freak us out a bit. We knew it would go fast, but we always felt like we still had so much time. But as the time we have left starts to get smaller than time we’ve been on the road, I can’t help but feel a pang of anxiety. We’ve fallen in love with our travel lifestyle, and we’ve gotten so used to spending mornings in cafes, working from hostel common rooms, and making plans for our next adventure before we’ve even finished the last.

Looking back at our past nine months, though, makes my heart want to burst with joy. As I go back through photos and pour through my tracking data, I’m reminded of so many special moments that sometimes are easy to forget or overlook over the grand scheme of things. I think of the people we met along the way, from the sweet old lady I bought a hat from in Cusco to the Australian friends we made at Oktoberfest. I think of the delicious tofu street food in Beijing, eating $2 street Pad Thai for Christmas dinner and getting Bento in Japan where the cook chatted with us the whole time via Google Translate on his iPad. I remember the struggles: the sleepless nights in noisy hostels, long walks with heavy backpacks from train stations in new cities, and showing up at places that were closed or non-existent.

Our journey maybe hasn’t been perfect, but it’s been pretty darn close. Everyone please knock on wood with me. We still can’t believe that other than a rash in Colombia and two minor colds, we haven’t had any injuries, illness or food issues. We haven’t missed a flight (although we did miss a train once), we haven’t experienced any crime, and we haven’t really even been swindled by anyone (unless you count the time we paid $5 for a t-shirt at a market in Vietnam when they were selling the same one a few stands down for only $1).  We’re still married! And heck, after spending almost every single day together for nine months that is pretty impressive!

So if you’d like, join us as we look back at travel highlights from our nine months of the traveling the world! Captions in red are linked to full posts on that specific memory. For an enhanced viewing experience, consider listening to One Republic’s I lived as you flip through.











And that’s a wrap! Nine months of travel down, and six months to go! What’s your favorite place to travel to? Share a pic in the comments, we’d love to hear about it!

Kristin Schattschneider

Sunday 22nd of April 2018

It has been so much fun to follow your travels. It takes special people to do what you are doing and I applaud you for that. I pray that God continues to watch over you and protect you as you embark on your travels still to come. Blessings. Kristin


Tuesday 24th of April 2018

Thanks so much, Kristin!! I'm so glad you've been following along!