After traveling for 26 months and living in Australia for another 12 months, I finally returned to Los Angeles to visit friends and family in June this year. I haven’t decided yet where I’ll live in the future, so LA doesn’t completely feel like home, just the place I lived in for many years before traveling.
The reverse culture shock wasn’t as strong as I expected on my first day back. It didn’t feel like I’d been gone for too long. Maybe it’s because Australia is similar to the US in many ways. I soon got used to the routine back home, visiting friends I hadn’t seen in years, and preparing for my next adventure because my round the world trip is not done yet.
I’m currently on a 70-day road trip around 20 National Parks in western USA. As I’m writing this, Jenni and I have already visited 16 National Parks, and we’ve got about 20 more days to go.
After that we’ll be flying to London for a few days, and then to Kathmandu where I’ll finally get to hike in the Himalayas. After Nepal we plan on visiting India and Sri Lanka, and with that I think my long trip around the world will come to an end.