Hanging Up Our Backpacks

This post is probably long over-due, but I’ve probably been holding off on writing it since I’m still in denial. It’s official: our long-term traveling, for now, is over. As a matter of fact, we gave back my backpack that we’ve borrowed for 18 months (thanks Jess!) last Thursday, so I guess it’s official. So what are we up to, and what do we have planned now?

Showered, well rested, well fed... we're home.

Showered, well rested, well fed… we’re home.

We moved back to my hometown, Columbia, MO, to be closer to family (we said that was our goal all along). We will be here for at least a couple of years, which we’re excited about. My parents, brother, and our best friends from college all live here, and Sara’s family is only 1.5 hours away. Columbia is a cool town that has matured a lot since I last lived here (we have 4 breweries, 2 fancy donut shops, and a Korean taco place – that’s how you know). We rented an apartment downtown and are now doing adult things like buying furniture. We are also doing crazy things like cooking our own meals, and sleeping in the same bed regularly, which has been really nice. Another plus is we never have to use any vacation time to come to Missouri!

We have both started new jobs. Sara is a Professional Education Manager for Widex, a hearing aid manufacturer. She will be traveling regularly across her 7 state territory (NE, KS, MO, IN, KY, TN) training other audiologists on their products. If you live in any of those place, expect us to knock on your door. I am working as a JavaScript developer at a consulting firm based out of Chicago, and work fully remote from our apartment in Columbia. Being remote, I hope to travel quite a bit with Sara, and am especially excited to see Nashville and imbibe on the bourbon trail.

Woohoo, companion pass earned!

Woohoo, companion pass earned!

We have a few big trips planned already, not surprising. We are going on an Alaskan cruise for two weeks in early June for Sara’s parent’s 40th anniversary, and stopping in Denali NP for a few days as well. In September we are going to Cape Cod for a week with my family, and will hopefully drop in on Boston friends (and lobster rolls) as well. Plus, we are still both scheming about our next trip; it’s already been tough to avoid recent airfare deals to Tokyo and Taiwan, but there’s plenty of time for that later. We also just earned a companion pass on Southwest, so since one of us will fly free, we’ll probably do a lot more exploration of the US, Central America and Caribbean the next few years.

Well, it felt good to write all of that. This will probably be my last blog post on here for a while, unless we do any cool weekend or other trips. I guess the only thing left to say is thank you to all our friends and family for their support, prayers, love, good vibes and well wishes over the last 18 months. We traveled to some amazing places and saw some amazing things, and I’m sure we will continue to do so in the years to come. But for now, it feels good to be home.

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2 Responses to Hanging Up Our Backpacks

  1. Pamela says:

    Yay! You guys have been such an inspiration, but I know all good things must come to an end. Isn’t working from home great, though?