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After 28 Months On the Road, We’re Heading Home

 

28 months…..843 days……20,232 hours

There are times that I think about what I would be doing had Cody and I not embarked on 28 months of travel around the world.
…..actually, I have not thought once about what I might be doing if we decided to stay home to work, pay the bills, and live the only way a lot of people know how.
28 months

Freezing our butts off in northern Georgia

I have never been conventional. Ever since I can remember, I questioned everything. Why do I have to live the way people think I should?Β  Why do I have to get married, have children, buy a home, be in debt, and accept that as my life?

What if I hurt no one and did exactly what I wanted to do with my life?

What if?

 

That is not a question I ever have to ask myself.

28 months

The serene surroundings of Tigers Nest in Bhutan

We get asked a lot about our finances, and what we will do when we return home, and what about your retirement, and what about this, and what about that……

Perhaps it’s luck, maybe it’s karma, or maybe it’s all just a big fluke….. but everything always works out for us. When one door closes, many doors open. And we trust that way of living, and never stress over things that don’t exist.

28 months

The spectacular Taj Mahal

We may not own a home or a car, or have 6 figures in the bank, but we did follow our dreams. We have seen the Taj Mahal, climbed Mt. Sinai, seen Petra, the Great Pyramids of Giza, and the Temples of Angkor.

We have seen the Golden Pagodas of Burma, been through the Great Mosques of Istanbul, climbed up to Tigers Nest in Bhutan, saw the Reclining Buddha in Laos, sat with sadhus on the Ghats of the River Ganges, and watched bodies burn on the funeral pyres at the Temple of the Living Beings.
28 months

A Sadhu at the temple of the Living Beings in Nepal

We have observed lions, cheetah, zebras and elephants in their natural habitat, climbed up to the Peace Pagoda, got tattooed in Kathmandu, spent time with King Tut in his tomb, lived for 6 months at an elephant sanctuary, been through and seen the true faces of struggle in Palestine, cruised down the River Nile, and cared for a new born baby elephant in Thailand.
We have met Masai warriors in Kenya, trekked through the Sinai desert, lived in luxury in Bali, walked through the markets of Bangkok, Istanbul, Cairo, and Yerevan, spent Christmas in the jungle, and took a hot air balloon ride over Cappadocia.

 

This is the end of our 28 months of travel, so it is only fitting that we end it where we started off, in Egypt.

This is our life, a great big adventure; learning, connecting, being thankful, and in awe of the world.

And we are not even close to being finished.

28 months

Follow your Dreams…..Always

We have zero debt, money in the bank, and we are thrilled to be returning home for a while to spend time with friends and family, get more involved with animal rights in Toronto, and enjoy summer in the big city.

 

 

Stay tuned for more adventures.

 

Comments To This Entry.
  1. George Blower June 4, 2014 Reply

    Ever since I met you guys (albeit briefly) at ENP in Thailand I’ve followed your story on both Facebook and the website. In absolute awe most days at what you guys have gotten up to and you’ve honestly inspired me to follow in similar footsteps in a few years time too.

    All the best for the future guys and I’m sure the travel bug will infect you shortly and you’ll be off again!

    • Giselle and Cody June 7, 2014 Reply

      George, it was so great to meet you and to keep in touch this whole time.
      We are both really looking forward to your next adventure and where you will end up. Thank you for following us while we have been on our trip, we really appreciate it.

  2. Cody Markin June 4, 2014 Reply

    You guys are so awesome. So amazing what you guys did! I envy you and am so glad I got to meet you hang for a few days! Cant wait to finally visit Canada and see you guys again!

    • Giselle and Cody June 7, 2014 Reply

      Cody, don’t be envious man. You were able to do the same thing for awhile. it’s really a shame the bar didn’t work out a little better in your favour. We could have all been in Koh Samui living the good life!! πŸ™‚
      You are always welcome if you make your way up here. Angels vs Jays!!!

  3. Elena June 4, 2014 Reply

    Makes me want to travel the world and even has added convinced me to add some new places to my bucket list!
    Great blog! So entertaining and informative πŸ™‚

    • Giselle and Cody June 7, 2014 Reply

      There are so many places on the planet it’s hard to decide where to go to next πŸ™‚
      Looking forward to meeting up this summer!!

  4. Lauren June 4, 2014 Reply

    Wow, what an incredible journey! Amazing. Hard to put into words I’m sure. Maybe once you return to Toronto, we can volunteer together somewhere as I’m looking to get more involved with animal rights causes in Toronto, too! Safe travels home!

    • Giselle and Cody June 7, 2014 Reply

      Lauren, yes we should definitely get together and do some volunteering. That’s one of the things we are most looking forward to doing while we are back home. There are so many great causes and they could all use our voices. Do you live right in Toronto? We are in Mississauga πŸ™‚

  5. Elizabeth June 4, 2014 Reply

    I’m looking at the list of countries you have visited and all I can say is WOW! What an adventure! You cannot put a price to the experience you have had. Can’t wait to see you guys and hear all about it! xo

    • Giselle and Cody June 7, 2014 Reply

      Elizabeth, the past 2 years have been incredibly life changing for us. The things that you see while on the road really opens your eyes to what is truly important. We would not change it for anything and we can’t wait to see you and the family πŸ™‚

  6. Ivana June 5, 2014 Reply

    I haven’t followed your adventures from the beginning but this sounds truly EPIC, guys! Have a great time back home and who knows, maybe we’ll cross our paths somewhere on this beautiful planet πŸ™‚
    Cheers!

    • Giselle and Cody June 7, 2014 Reply

      Ivana, hopefully we will cross paths one day. We are definitely no where near finished our travel but it is always nice to head home and relax with friends and family before taking off again. Where are you at the moment?

      • Ivana September 24, 2014 Reply

        Ouch, came back to you just now πŸ™‚ We’re currently in Italy, heading to Greece in October and then – who knows? We feel coming back to SE Asia in the end of the year wouldn’t be bad at all πŸ™‚ Do you guys have any plans for 2014-beginning 2015?

        • Giselle and Cody September 25, 2014

          Isn’t it funny how Southeast Asia always draws people back?

          We are heading to Japan in January for 2 weeks and then (Once again) heading to Thailand for the month of February.
          It’s hard to say no to Thailand. πŸ™‚ If you are around that are in February let us know. Maybe we can meet up.

  7. Anne June 5, 2014 Reply

    Thanks for being a HUGE inspiration to me personally and The Yoga Nomads! πŸ™‚ what an awesome journey it’s been for you two. I hope we can all meet up someday. Will you continue to write on the blog?? Xo

    • Giselle and Cody June 7, 2014 Reply

      Anne,
      Awww, thanks for the nice words. I am glad we could inspire you to go on your own huge adventure.
      What you two are doing is incredible as well. Your photos are always so stunning.
      We will definitely be continuing with our blog as we do have upcoming trips. It’s always nice to come home and see friends and family. It makes you appreciate what you have back home and the life you have when you travel. I am sure we will connect one day (hopefully) on this gorgeous planet.

  8. Brandon June 5, 2014 Reply

    What a trip! And that Sadhu picture from Nepal is amazing! (I’m mildly obsessed with Sadhu photos)

    • Giselle and Cody June 7, 2014 Reply

      Brandon,
      How can you not be obsessed with them? They are beautiful.
      I felt bad while we were in Nepal because I felt like they were mascots in the area we were at.
      They all wanted their photos taken in order to get some money from the tourists.
      The Sadhu we took a photo of was just walking by and asked us to take a photo of him so he could see it.
      Then he just walked off and seemed pretty happy with the way he looked. πŸ™‚

  9. Diana Edelman June 5, 2014 Reply

    Congratulations to 28 months of travels. I always tell people to follow your dreams and you will land on your feet; don’t worry about the other stuff. I am so thankful you had those 28 months of travel because you came into my life, and I am a better person for it. Enjoy you summer in the city. I love you both.

    • Giselle and Cody June 7, 2014 Reply

      Diana,
      We love you so much and we are so happy that we were able to meet you and connect so well.
      You are such an incredible person and we are glad to have you in our lives. We are very lucky to be able to travel the world but even luckier meeting such amazing people while doing it. We agree people should follow their dreams because we only live this life once.

  10. Izy Berry June 5, 2014 Reply

    I’m sure you crammed more living into those 28 months on the road than any 28 months before!

    • Giselle and Cody June 7, 2014 Reply

      Izy,
      We did do a lot in the 28 months we were gone but we are happy to be home and excited to see what will happen next in our lives.

  11. Angie June 6, 2014 Reply

    What a beautiful post and way of thinking/living. Truly admirable.

  12. Linda June 6, 2014 Reply

    Gorgeous photos! Not all those who travel are lost! πŸ˜‰

    • Giselle and Cody June 7, 2014 Reply

      Thanks Linda!! Can’t wait to see you little munchkin!!! <3 πŸ™‚

  13. Oliver June 7, 2014 Reply

    Now, that’s quite some news and quite some kaleidoscopic 843 days indeed… A shame that I only followed a fragment of your road as “mindful wanderers”, but I look forward to the path ahead of you. Returning home doesn’t mean to resume the life you have known before. I think the globe is spinning at a different velocity when you are actually walking the world, go and see places. And I’m sure you are carrying a wonderful patchwork of moments with you…
    I wish you all the best and may the time back home b equally exciting and inspirational… Take care!

    • Giselle and Cody June 7, 2014 Reply

      Oliver, returning home definitely does not mean resuming our lives they way they were before.
      We had an amazing time on the road but we are happy to be home for sure. There are so many great things for us to look forward to and we have all of our friends and family to hang out with. I don’t think we will ever return to our old lifestyle and we will not stop travelling for sure. we are merely taking small break before we head out again. Thank you so much for following us and we hope you will continue to follow. Maybe we will be able to meet up one day while on the road πŸ™‚

  14. Franca June 7, 2014 Reply

    What an incredible journey guys, you’ve done so much is simply amazing and both me and Dale are so happy to have met you. Looking forward to see what the future will bring to you πŸ™‚

  15. Eve June 10, 2014 Reply

    Welcome back home! What an amazing and beautiful journey! I just found out that you are Canadian too! Great to know fellow vegan travelers!

    • Giselle and Cody June 13, 2014 Reply

      Thanks so much Eve. It was a pretty remarkable journey and we are already planning the next one πŸ™‚

      Where in Canada are you from?

      • Eve June 13, 2014 Reply

        I can imagine! πŸ™‚
        Great about your next trip! Do you plan to be on the road for such an extended period as your last trip?
        I’m from QuΓ©bec City, but I moved to Vancouver in 2012, and now, I’m nomad. I should be in Toronto this summer with my fiancΓ© and our dog. Who knows, maybe we’ll see each other!

        • Giselle and Cody June 13, 2014

          Eve, we don’t know how long we will be on the road for but probably not as long as the last one.
          If you make it to Toronto this summer let us know….Oh, we will actually be heading to Saskatchewan for July and August so if you roll through there send us a message. πŸ™‚

  16. Sarah Crawford June 13, 2014 Reply

    I love you guys. I feel like I know you even though I don’t know you. I feel so much happiness and love and respect for what you both are doing and have done. Its so great to see you taking stands for rights for all beings and peace and goodness in this world. Thank you for sharing your stories. They inspire me! XO

    • Giselle and Cody June 16, 2014 Reply

      Awww thank you so much Sarah. We feel it is our job to inform people of what is right and wrong. It’s wrong not to inform people on the damage they may be causing while travelling. Hopefully one day we will be able to meet each other somewhere on the beautiful planet. πŸ™‚ <3

  17. You guys are such an inspiration. I just discovered your blog literally one entry ago but I think I will still read to catch up on your adventures. You also have shown me that veganism and treading lightly IS possible while travelling.

    • Giselle and Cody June 19, 2014 Reply

      Thanks you so much Karyn and we are glad you are liking the blog. We are currently at home but the travelling is not even close to being finished. Just taking a small break πŸ™‚ We did not have any troubles being vegan while on the road and most countries we went to eat only a small portion of meat, so the rest is all vegetables. πŸ™‚

  18. Jazza - NOMADasaurus August 16, 2014 Reply

    Wow guys, sounds like you have had an absolutely amazing journey! I completely respect the fear of that fateful, “what if” question. By following your dreams you guys have seen more in 28 months than most see in their entire lives. I’m just sorry we only came across you two now instead of being able to follow your adventures the whole way through! Love your work, and some amazing photos too! Happy travels for the next stage of your lives!

    • Giselle and Cody August 18, 2014 Reply

      Hey Jazz,

      Our journey was incredible, and there’s much more to come! It is too bad we didn’t cross paths, but there’s always the future!

  19. Lance September 4, 2014 Reply

    I don’t know how I missed this post! 28 months is epic! Congrats guys. You’re a role model to us cubicle dwellers.

    • Giselle and Cody September 4, 2014 Reply

      Thanks so much Lance. It was an amazing experience and we can’t wait for our next trip overseas.

      Thanks so much for your kind words!!

  20. Jason October 2, 2014 Reply

    What an incredible life you two have. I have always wanted to travel the world long term and the fact that you two have found each other to do it with us so great. I have recently just came across your blog but I will be following along those where you head next. Cheers guys.

    • Giselle and Cody October 9, 2014 Reply

      Thanks so much Jason. It is a lot easier to pick up and leave when you are both on the same wavelength when it comes to goals in life. We want to continue to travel and grow as people. Not to mention volunteer with animals everywhere we go.

  21. sabretoothedchickenstour November 10, 2014 Reply

    Thanks for living your dreams. Never stop dreaming. Never stop believing that you can and will achieve your dreams.
    Congratulations on finishing this adventure and wishing you well on all the adventures that make up life.

    • Giselle and Cody November 13, 2014 Reply

      Thank you so much. We will never stop travelling and we are already planning the next big adventure.

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