Ships Passing – One Downside To A Travel Lifestyle

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.

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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?

This is often said of people who meet for a brief but intense moment and then part, never to see each other again.  These people are like two ships that greet each other with flashing lights and then sail off into the night, from poem by Henry Wadsworth.  Of course we have too many people we have met along the way to mention them all, but each and every one of them has touched our hearts and influenced our lives in one way or another.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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9 thoughts on “Ships Passing – One Downside To A Travel Lifestyle”

  1. For the longest time Heidi, we hid away as travelers. We’d meet folks but overall we didn’t connect much so we didn’t miss people much at all. That all changed within the past year. We did a 6 month house sit in Bali and got wickedly attached to the animals we watched, and attached to friends too. We’re leaving behind goof furry and people friends here in Nicaragua when we leave Friday; just sent an email to a friend who’ll we say See Ya Later to tomorrow 🙁


    1. Oh it is so tough sometimes, but we are so happy for the time we had together. Yes, we get attached to pets too! I try to remember how lucky we are to have all of this in our life and it all adds to building our character. Let us know if you guys make it to Europe. We will be doing a short housesit over Christmas in Ireland. Take care!

        1. Hey Ryan! Hopefully you and Kelli are loving your travels. I know you are on the move again soon, so safe travels and Happy Holidays.

  2. Sniff! Love this post and you all. When we were in Cartegena we kept saying how great it would be if we could have shared Spain with you and wanted to hear the kids’ amazing Spanish at work. We miss you all tons! But this, I know. We shall meet again. Your family has a special energy that attracts a plethora of friends worldwide. Soak in the love!

  3. Hi Heidi!
    You know, I don’t see it as a down side, I see it as a bonus. There are always new people coming into our lives. We had good friends here this summer and I was sad when they left, but we’ll see them again one day, I expect. Had they stayed we’d all probably have got sick of each other and run out of things to talk about.
    We also, obviously, don’t meet nearly as many people as you! There is just a very small handful of people we’ve connected with in the last 2.5 years. A family on a cruise ship, Corey Ann in Penang, a family in London and our friends here. I honestly can’t think of anyone else that we’ve had more than a few hours with. We’re never really in one place long enough to make those connections, neither of us adults makes friends easily or quickly and we don’t have much of a social need, we keep to ourselves. I actually avoid meeting up with people, I find social occasions with strangers too stressy. I’m an introvert, it’s just how I roll, I’m perfectly happy alone.

    1. Yep, I get it Alyson! 🙂 Everyone is different. For us, we have made many deep connections and get attached. Not all of the time, but when it happens, it happens. We do look forward to meeting up with you all one day!!!

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