I can’t remember the last time I craved home so much. In the past six weeks, I’ve been on the road for 23 days, in three countries, on a plane, bus, and boat, and have unpacked three times. I feel beyond blessed for these opportunities, all because of this crazy blog. Hand-shakingly blessed.
But there really is no place like Home, no matter where that is. We’ve been in Bend, Oregon less than a year, and while the city itself doesn’t quite yet feel like home, my family does, and always will. My home here on earth is wherever they are.
A few days ago, I returned home from Queensland, Australia, where I spent a week with ten other bloggers and some fabulous Aussies to show us around. My main purpose was to pick Darren Rowse‘s brain, who was hosting this trip, but the sprinkles on the cookies were getting to see Oz.
I made friends and connections, saw the tub drain in the opposite direction (I’d like to thank the Southern Hemisphere…), and ate crocodile, kangaroo, jellyfish, and more fish than I can remember. I went SCUBA diving for the first time, I kayaked among mangrove trees, and I zip-lined through the rainforest. I dined to the music of a didgeridoo.
And I missed my family more than I can say. They were the only part missing to an otherwise fantastic week, and their absence continually meant something was almost-not-quite.
See, we do things together. We travel. We experience things for the first time with each other. Sure, we each have our own interests and need for alone time, but rarely do we go off on our own serious adventures independently. That’s just how we’re made, and it’s one of the things that makes our tribe meaningful and significant. We explore the world as a team.
So this is why it’s on my to-do list to take my family back to Australia with me. And it’s a lot easier than you might think. I’m a big believer in not waiting to take those Big Trips after the kids are gone, and that the earlier they travel, the better travelers they become. And there really is so much to do with kids in Queensland. I’m excited to share them with you soon, and I’ll also be podcasting with Darren sometime in the near future.
When we returned to the surface, I asked our SCUBA guide what type of fish that was. She said, “Oh, that was Greg.”
For today, though, my agenda is to sip my Oregon-roasted coffee, plow through that laundry, and hug my little people. They beat kangaroo meat, hands down.
If you could take your family anywhere in the world, where would you go?
I visited Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef courtesy of Tourism Queensland. For more travel inspiration, check out their Queensland blog.