In the last three months we’ve been in six countries, and we have two more countries and just over two weeks left before we arrive back in the UK for a while!
We thought it might be fun to try to answer the question ‘what are you looking forward to about being in England?’ and the slightly easier answer one – ‘what will you miss about travelling?’
Things we will miss about travelling in South East Asia:
We have LOVED the incredible adventures and experiences of travelling as a family, and we are not, as some might predict, exhausted. This month in Thailand has been just what we needed; somewhere familiar, with plenty of great friends and our most comfortable accommodation so far (we’re staying in an actual house that Phil’s parents lived in when they lived in Chiang Mai and it’s perfect) so we are feeling well-rested and ready to explore some more.
This is easy to say here in Chiang Mai where it is hot-but-not-too-hot, but in Cambodia and Thailand we certainly have been appreciating the sunshine. Apologies to those of you who are reading this in frozen, polluted Beijing or chilly, grey England, but we’ve been loving blue skies. Also, not being able to wear flip-flops every day will be sad!
Friends who ‘get us’ and inspire us
This has been a special month of being able to spend time with lots of other families who don’t think we’re crazy for wanting to live overseas and travel with our kids. It has been so encouraging and inspiring to hear stories of what other people are doing and the journeys that they have been on too.
It’s probably no surprise to you that we are really loving the food. Fragrant pho in Vietnam, fish curry in Cambodia, mango & sticky rice here in Thailand…happy taste-buds!
Even though we’ve been spending a lot of time with friends (our three days in Siem Reap were pretty much the only days that we haven’t been hanging out with other people), we’ve also loved sharing these amazing adventures as a family, and have had lots of quality family time too. Our kids are great travel buddies.
So what are we looking forward to about being back in England?
Family & friends
Of course we are very much looking forward to being with family and friends in England next month. It’s been more than two years since we were all back, so plenty of catching up to do.
We’ve seen some incredible landscapes on our travels, but we do still look forward to good long walks in the green English countryside.
We’re looking forward to some fish & chips! The kids are looking forward to varied breakfast cereals and better bread.
Even though we can get pretty much everything online these days, there is something I still really miss about libraries, actual newspapers, and having Radio 4 on while I’m in the kitchen.
We’ve got pretty efficient at living out of suitcases, but to be able to properly ‘set up house’ for a while in Bedford will be very welcome. We’ve heard that our boxes that we sent from China are just about to arrive in England, so we’ll be reunited with clothes and toys etc.
We’re flying to Myanmar this Saturday for ten days, then three nights in Malaysia (KL) before the long flight to London!