I’m Coming Home To Liverpool

After more than four months of solo travel in Canada, I have decided to come home a month earlier than planned.

Why? Well, to be completely honest, my money has run out and I do not want to return with more debt than I can handle.

The end of the road is near.

However, I have just arrived in beautiful Montreal and plan to see as much of the eastern side of Canada as possible within the next few weeks.

New York is somewhere I really, really want to get to as well.

Unfortunately, all of the budget accommodation appears to be booked up and I am not sure I have the time to make any other arrangements. But we shall see what happens…

I might even consider staying in Brooklyn for a couple of nights, which is only half an hour away from Manhattan and a hell of a lot cheaper.

Do I feel a little bit sad at having to come home early?

Hiking at Sunshine Meadows, Banff National Park.

Yes, of course, but there comes a point in travel when it starts to become too much of a struggle to stay on the road and you then ask yourself: What is the point?

I have had, and am still having, an incredible time and have seen places I never imagined I would see.

My journey began in Vancouver back in early May.

Since then, I have managed to visit five of Canada’s provinces, taking in this vast country’s diverse landscapes.

The colourful tundra in Churchill – Canada’s Arctic.

The people I have met and the experiences I have had have inspired me considerably and I feel healthier and happier.

Travel has been an investment and, although I will be paying it off financially for a while now, I do not regret it for a second.

New doors have been opened and old ones have been firmly closed.

 

 

 

10 Comments

  1. September 14, 2012 / 14:46

    Looks like you had good fun. Travel can be expensive and the last thing you want is to run into debt specially when there is no sign of economic recovery. Welcome back to Liverpool.
    Shalu Sharma recently posted..Top winter destinations of IndiaMy Profile

    • September 18, 2012 / 13:31

      Thank you Shalu, I know I’ve made the right decision. I’ve gotten everything I wanted out of the trip.

    • September 18, 2012 / 13:30

      Cheers Scarlett, it will be nice living at home again for the first time in nearly six years. I love my home city :-)

  2. September 17, 2012 / 21:19

    Sorry you ran out of money (it happens) but it’s very wise of you to return before getting in any more debt. Glad you enjoyed your travels.
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    • September 18, 2012 / 13:25

      I know, debt is not good, especially when teamed with unemployment!

  3. September 18, 2012 / 05:53

    Shame you are going home early. I thought you had a work visa? Long term travel can be a hard slog. Enjoy NYC though. I love that city. I usually stay at The Gershwin when i’m there. They have dorm options and it’s right on 5th Ave. A little more then the HI but worth it for the atmosphere and the history of the building. Have fun. X
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    • September 18, 2012 / 13:24

      I do have a working holiday visa, which I used in Banff working in a coffee shop for a month. But I was moving around too much earlier on and left it too late to work. I didn’t want to stay in Banff any longer and would have ended up working all of the time, without much time or money to do anything. It would have defeated the object of why I was travelling. If I was staying for a year, which I can’t for a number of reasons, this would have been fine as I’d have time to work, save up and then travel later on. There would be some more motivation behind it. Ah well, it’s been a great trip and I’ll be planning my next one…

  4. September 18, 2012 / 18:50

    Sounds like you are doing just the right thing in coming back when you feel ready to. And you’ve definitely packed a lot into your time in Canada! Hope you do make it to New York – if you’re still looking for somewhere to stay, we stayed in these apartments/guesthouses in Harlem in a nice safe neighbourhood about 5 mins walk to the metro and 20 mins on the metro to Times Square – http://www.chicandbudget.com/
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    • September 21, 2012 / 01:44

      Cheers for recommendation Lucy, but I’m not going to New York now :-(. I decided I want to hit NY when I can give it my best shot and be a bit more lavish. For example, do the Sex and the City Tour (I know, cringe!). It’s interesting that the apartments you mention are in Harlem, I bet most people would automatically suspect this was not a safe place to stay, but sounds like the case is otherwise. I was looking at places in Brooklyn, which was a lot cheaper as well and only half-hour away from Manhattan.