Each night, we sit in our living room and have a spectacular view of the Mediterranean Sea. While it is dark, off in the distance we see lights passing by. These are often cruise ships or some other type of ship making their way from one place to another. It is also symbolic of our daily life and our travel lifestyle.
One Downside To A Travel Lifestyle
We have chosen to have a life of travel and international living. Along with that comes so many benefits, as we are able to experience incredible things and places. One of the best benefits are the times we have with the people we meet along the way. Some of them are meetings of chance, others are blog readers or people we have connected with via social media. Of course others live close by or are friends of friends. Often we have an instant connection, as we have the common passion for travel and experiences. Sometimes we are only able to meet up for a quick coffee and other times we have many months and on rare occasions years to spend. Are we just ships passing?
When we returned to Spain, we were surprised to find many Americans now living in “our town”. Of course it isn’t our town, but it is just easy for us to say that. We have had the pleasure of spending some good quality time with so many people here for a short time or longer. Some are blog readers and others just made their way here from other parts of the world. Now, it is time for some to move on to other places and for us to wish each other well (Tom, Dean and Cheryl).
I can honestly say, this never gets any easier. Of course with our lifestyle choice, it is far more common of an occurrence for us than a typical family. Each time, the people have touched our hearts, but also take a little of us with them as well. We wish everyone safe travels and know that our paths will cross again.
We were able to meet up with Carolanne and Macrae. We met OneModernCouple in Chiang Mai last year as well. This was a wonderful meet up, just like family, as they were briefly stopping by in Europe. We have also met the Jenkins family in Penang, the Grand Canyon and now they are in Spain. It’s a small world after all.
Just last week we had the opportunity to meet up with good friends and kindred souls, Lori and Randy from Freetirement. The magical friend dust was sprinkled on us all, when we spent 2 1/2 months in Chiang Mai, Thailand together. They too are travelers and were on a European cruise, with a stop in Spain. Unfortunately it wasn’t possible for us to meet them there and that just tore at our heart-strings. We know we will see them again, but all we wanted was a hug.
Imagine making good friends and seemingly always having to say good-bye. All I can say is, thank goodness for the internet. This is what saves us and lessons the pain of the “see ya later” (we don’t do good-bye’s). We can still keep in touch and we know we will cross paths again. In some ways we are likes ships passing in the night, but we know this world isn’t so big and we will meet again.
We met some lovely ladies in Luang Prabang Laos last year and have recently made tentative plans to meet up with them in February. It is amazing how connected we can be and how simple it is to remain connected in one way or another. Many people pass through Spain, so it will be easier to make meet up plans now that we have a home base.
We just wanted to say thank you to all who have come into our lives at one point or another. No matter how brief or long, our meeting is part of our being and helps make us who we are today. Hugs to you all and know that we think of you. We also look forward to meeting those in our future as well. We love our travel lifestyle and at this time wouldn’t change it for the world. Just know it isn’t all a bundle of roses either.
As you can see from all of the photos, there is one other downside to travel. You are always wearing the same clothes in photos! 🙂
Of course we don’t have photos of absolutely everyone we have met along the way, as I am not so organized when it comes to tagging photos. If we met up with you somewhere, please share the details in the comments below or send us a photo and we can add it to the post.
Read more stories about some of the people we have met along the way, with our travel lifestyle.
- Hangin’ Out With Friends In Chiang Mai
- A Fortnight Of Friends
- Breaking up with my job, “Let’s be friends” (Heidi)
- Goodbye Gma Bev – 3 Generations, 3 Months, 3 Countries
- Learning About Argentine Culture
- Bangkok to Koh Tao via Sleeper Train and Ferry
- Two Day Slow Boat On The Mekong River with Kids!
Tell us about someone you met while traveling?