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The things we’re going to miss while traveling

The things we’re going to miss while traveling

We recently saw a post by Mike & Ashley of Traveled Earth about the things that they will miss the most as they set off on their round-the-world trip.

With our own journey so close to becoming a reality, it got us thinking about what the two of us will miss the most (and the things we’re not going to miss) while we’re away and we thought we should share them with you.

Amy is going to miss her own bed and pink fluffy gown.

Amy is going to miss her own bed and pink fluffy gown.

What we’re going to miss

1. Family and friends.

This one is a given. We are both very close to our family and friends and it’s been quite difficult saying goodbye to many of them over the past few days. Fortunately for us there’s Skype, which will make the distance between us a whole lot easier (hopefully).

2. Sleeping in our own bed.

Let’s face it, there’s nothing like sleeping in your own bed. It’s comfy, it’s got the pillows just how we like them and it’s familiar and safe for us. Moving from bed to bed every few nights isn’t going to be the most fun and Amy is going to miss the routine of putting on her pink dressing gown every morning before getting ready for the day ahead.

3. Australian food.

We’re determined to try plenty of new foods on the road but we’ve got our Aussie favorites that we’re going to miss. Amy is desperately going to miss her preferred breakfast of Vegemite on Toast – but she’s determined to try and smuggle a tube of the stuff into her backpack. Other foods we’ll miss include Cadbury Chocolate and some of our favorite takeaway foods – charcoal chicken, fish and chips and Kieron’s meal of choice: a chicken parmigiana and chips.

4. AFL Football.

Being from Melbourne, we both love our Australian Rules Football – Kieron is a Tigers fan and Amy supports the Saints. Although our teams aren’t going so well in 2011, we’re going to miss being able to turn on the TV on a Friday or Saturday night and watch a game. We’re actually planning to be in New York City so that we can watch the AFL Grand Final somewhere live and party with a bunch of other Aussies. If you want to join us for an unbelievable experience on Friday September 30 in NYC, let us know!

AFL Football

We're going to miss our AFL footy.

5. Home-cooked meals.

Yep, another food one. It’s a big passion of ours! Anyway, making the sacrifice to live back at home for the past 7 months has meant we’ve been provided with delicious home-cooked meals on a regular basis. There’s nothing that beats a Sunday Roast. We’re drooling just thinking about it.

My Office

Kieron is not going to miss working a 9-5 job.

What we’re not going to miss

1. Working a 9-5 job.

It honestly feels like we’ve been working full-time forever so to have a break from the monotony of a 9-5 job is a fantastic feeling. We’re definitely not looking forward to returning back to employment in a hurry, that’s for sure.

2. Answering to someone else.

In the average person’s life, they’ve always got to answer to someone. Whether it’s their boss at work, the landlord or the bank, there’s someone holding them back. But the two of us now don’t have jobs, we don’t have debt or a truckload of possessions and most importantly we don’t have to answer to anyone else. We can come and go as we please – if we don’t like somewhere, we’ll pack up our bags and move onto the next destination.

3. Melbourne weather.

As we type this, today’s maximum temperature in Melbourne is 13 degrees Celsius (55 degrees Farenheit). Yeah, yeah, we know it’s not that cold compared to some places but the two of us live for summer and the beach. So to escape the cold and get to Waikiki Beach and the USA Summer is something we can’t wait to do.

This item will probably be on the list of things we’ll miss the most by the time we get to Europe and see our friends Facebook statuses of the warm weather at home, but we’re just as fickle as the weather itself.

4. Traffic.

Kieron was spending a minimum of 2 hours a day in traffic to get to work and Amy just over an hour. To do the sums – that’s equivalent to 15+ hours a week combined (or 32.5 days per year in our cars). It’s pretty easy to see why we’re looking forward to having a break from the roads – just look at the picture below.

Monash Freeway Traffic

Looking forward to avoiding the Monash Freeway traffic for a while!

5. 2-3 week vacations.

We’ve written previously about why fast-paced travel just isn’t our style and we’re certainly not going to miss the rushed 2-3 week vacations we’re become accustomed to over the past few years. Bring on slow travel and actually having time to relax and enjoy each destination!

What do you miss the most when you travel? Share your thoughts in the comments.

Flickr Photos: StephenMitchell, AsianFC, Fir0002


  1. Posted July 19, 2011 at 12:42 am | Permalink

    i miss the food 🙂 and the comforts of having a structured life… but of course… i wouldnt trade whatever i have now… its challenging and im enjoying my life more now:-) goodluck on your rtw trip 🙂

    • Posted July 19, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Permalink

      Exactly right Flip – we wouldn’t trade any of it either for what we’re about to embark on!

  2. Posted July 19, 2011 at 2:46 am | Permalink

    have you ever experienced winter? with snow and ice and tempatures below zero?

  3. Posted July 19, 2011 at 5:12 am | Permalink

    I miss German chocolate! And my little niece – wish I could pack her in my backpack and bring her with me 🙂 What I don’t miss either – my 9 to 5… which was more of an 8 to 7 and I hated it!

    • Posted July 19, 2011 at 2:47 pm | Permalink

      It’s funny how chocolate in other countries just doesn’t taste the same as your favorite! Aww… it must be tough being away from your niece! Hopefully you’ll get to see her soon. 🙂

      And it’s gotta be an awesome feeling being location independent like the two of you are! Definitely hoping to get to where you’re at one day!

  4. Posted July 19, 2011 at 6:35 am | Permalink

    Surprisingly it’s not my friends or family I miss but real, cheddar cheese, not the rubbery crap. I couldn’t wait to have a cheese and mayonnaise sandwich when I got home; it tasted soooooo good =) hmmm *off to make a cheese and mayonnaise sandwich*

    • Posted July 19, 2011 at 2:49 pm | Permalink

      Hahaha… fortunately for us there’s plenty of good cheese through the USA and Europe. Mmm… love the thought of a toasted cheese sandwich!

  5. Posted July 19, 2011 at 8:45 am | Permalink

    You will NEVER ever miss those 2-3 week vacations again 🙂 After the last year, I can’t even fathom going back to that!

    I was going to suggest taking a tube of Vegemite with you (as @megan_rtw did!) but you’re already on it!!

    • Posted July 19, 2011 at 2:51 pm | Permalink

      Yep, I don’t think we’ll ever be able to go back to that! Have you got any new upcoming travel plans?

      Vegemite is one of the #1 things on Amy’s packing list! Think she would struggle for more than a few weeks without it haha.

  6. Posted July 19, 2011 at 8:55 am | Permalink

    I am totally with you Kieron re: chicken parmas mate! Probably the one food I miss the most from back home. Luckily Vegemite isn’t *that* hard to come by overseas these days, so you guys should be right for the black stuff.

    • Posted July 19, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Permalink

      I’m definitely gonna have one last parma and pot somewhere in Sydney before we head off overseas! The Chicken Parmesan in the US just doesn’t cut it.

      That’s awesome about the Vegemite, I’m sure Amy will be delighted to hear that!

  7. Posted July 19, 2011 at 9:05 am | Permalink

    Mmmm chicken parm, num nums! I’m with Amy, I’d miss my robe as well. The Vegemite…not so much!

    • Posted July 19, 2011 at 3:30 pm | Permalink

      It sucks that the robe takes up nearly an entire backpack! Would love to travel with it. Not a fan of Vegemite I’m guessing? Haha.

  8. Posted July 20, 2011 at 2:46 am | Permalink

    As much as you miss them when you first start your journey they’ll seem like luxuries – even more – when you get back. The first thing I appreciate after a long backpacking journey is having a nice clean bathroom, hot shower and a room where I can just spread and throw all of my stuff all over the place and not have to worry about it 😛

    • Posted July 20, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Permalink

      Yeah it will be interesting to see the things we’re still missing after a couple of months on the road! And we’re planning on splurging around once a month and staying somewhere nicer so we can enjoy all of those things and just sit in a hotel room all day relaxing!

  9. Posted July 20, 2011 at 12:31 pm | Permalink

    My husband and I are going to be on Ko Lanta for the AFL Grand Final! Our resort will not have access to show it on TV, wah! First world issues, I know 🙂

    We plan to stream ABC Radio if we can! If only we were in Bangkok, I know they would have it somewhere there!

    • Posted July 20, 2011 at 1:00 pm | Permalink

      Haha it’s gonna be tough sitting by the beach without access to it on TV!

      You’ll definitely be able to stream the audio online somewhere… the AFL really needs to get their act together so that live matches can be streamed via video.

  10. Posted July 21, 2011 at 4:12 am | Permalink

    Not being able to sleep in your own bed every night is a biggie for us! That’s one of the reasons why we loved traveling in an RV – your bed goes along with you. Now we’re schlepping along like other travelers and dealing with lumpy mattresses all the time. No bueno.

  11. Posted July 21, 2011 at 5:07 am | Permalink

    I’ve tried vegemite before, are you sure your going to miss it? Some nights I still wake screaming from dreams of that taste in my mouth.

    Very cool that you referenced us, Ashley’s starting to miss home a bit, after only 2 weeks on the road. Unfortunately, she’s got a stomach bug. I don’t think anything makes you crave home like being sick.

  12. Posted July 22, 2011 at 3:30 pm | Permalink

    I sure hope the weather in the Pacific Northwest looks up before you guys get here cause we are only slightly over the Melbourne winter at the moment!

    I can relate to you guys on most of these, I miss food the most (and friends and family of course!) and I don’t miss traffic and work, although I do miss my car just a bit!

    Just a few more days!

  13. Posted July 24, 2011 at 8:06 am | Permalink

    I don’t miss Canadian winter! But now that it is winter in New Zealand I am certainly missing Canadian summer 🙁

  14. Posted July 27, 2011 at 6:39 pm | Permalink

    I really missed watching AFL when I was away. Luckily I managed to source out a pub which was showing games in most places I went. AFL have a website now for watching live games if you’re overseas – Live AFL – pretty handy.

  15. Bob Crunch
    Posted July 30, 2011 at 2:25 am | Permalink

    I totally agree with the bed thing, unless you stay at a five-star hotel. Sometimes, if I can pack it, I bring my pillow so I can at least feel a little bit like I am in my own bed. Great article!

    • Posted July 30, 2011 at 10:38 am | Permalink

      I wish I could have brought my pillow! Definitely missing it right now.

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