I could be wrong, but I do not recall anyone mentioning the hard part about all of this RTW business–leaving your friends and family. Maybe it is because we are in our early 30′s and most RTW travelers tend to be younger, but uprooting ourselves is more difficult than I expected. Everyone asks whether we are excited, and I cannot truthfully say “yes” because in my head I am listing all the things that we will miss.

We will miss our 10++ friends (most of our friends we have known ten years or longer). That seems crazy to me, but we met most of our friends in our early 20s. We will miss a ton of birthdays, most importantly we will miss Fisher’s and Gigi’s first birthdays. We will miss our dog (read baby), Lucy. We found her a good home while we are away, but it does not make it any easier to say good-bye. We will miss countless get togethers with friends and family including Halloween and Thanksgiving. We will miss our work friendships. These folks almost fit into the 10++ friends, but are shy a few years – so I thought it worth mentioning them separately. And finally, where Chris and I part ways, I will miss working. Friday was my last day at PATH, an organization that really makes a difference in people’s lives, and I cannot say it was easy leaving.

No one mentions the sacrifices given to embark on such a trip, but then again we were probably a bit naive to think none (except financial) would be required. I know we are “right” in making these sacrifices because this is an experience of a lifetime, but I just thought I would write a note to say that it does not make it any easier…. It is hard to say good-bye.

6 Responses to “No one mentions the hard part”

  1. Jamie says:

    Jodi, I know what you mean. Nik and I have lived away from our families for several years now, but we both spent a month at home right before we left. This made it extremely hard to leave, and made me think about moving home quite a bit. But we have made it work through video-chatting on Skype. It’s free, and it has made a huge difference just to see my neice’s faces. When I ask them “Where is Aunt Jamie?” and they say “Thailand”…I melt!! Good luck with your good byes, and happy travels!!

  2. John says:

    Jodi and Chris, have a fantastic time. It is your grand trip, so make the most of it, and enjoy it all one day at a time. Make sure you keep us all informed of your travels and the new lifelong friends you will make on the way “around the world”. All the best. Wheels up, September 9th. One day and a wake up to go. All the best, Alice and John

  3. Elizabeth says:

    Wishing you guys all the best as you start on your grand adventure TODAY! You are right, people don’t mention the hard parts. I’m pretty sure people think we’re living some Carnival Cruise commercial everyday, but doing this is hard work. In the end, the rewards should outweigh the hard stuff! Let’s hope so, anyway :)

    Hey, I’ve got some good Jordan tips for you when you’re ready for them.

    Elizabeth

  4. Gary and Susan says:

    We will miss you, also. However, the excitement of travel, seeing new places and meeting new people will make a difference. We miss the home, routine, friends, and family, but we will continue our trip. Email helps tremendously. Have a great time. We look forward to reading your blog and seeing your pictures.
    Love,
    Mom and Dad

  5. Have a great trip! We look forward to hearing about your adventures and seeing your pictures.

  6. Tintin says:

    Hi Jodi

    I am Raj Shankar’s son.

    Have a great trip around the world. I am following your trip and enjoying the superb photos.

    All the best

    Tintin

    India