Departures eve, it’s an emotional old time

Hi, I’m Stefan. Tomorrow I leave the UK bound for Cuzco ready to start my Round The World trip. It’ll take 29 hours to get there, via three countries, four airports and two airlines. I’ve got my backs packed, the clothes I’m wearing to one side and a small list of things to check. Ultimately, I’m ready to physically leave.

I’ve mentioned previously that the last four months have been quite hectic trying to fit everything in and that it has been a case of relentless activity. I knew this would be the case and always had in mind that we’ve just had two, four day weekends due to UK Bank Holidays during which I could catch people for a final “toodle-pip” and also tie up any loose ends. I hadn’t however bargained on just how tough those toodle-pips would actually be.

First off, I’ve started to look at things as “this is the last time I’ll do … for a while” and lots of those things I truly love. Then I’ve had to say bye to my young niece and nephew, their mum, my 90-odd year old granny, friends whom I may struggle to see again due to what they’re up to in the future, friends I hope to catch up whilst abroad, random well-wishers, inanimate objects… I’ve had cuddles, calls, texts, phone calls, good-luck cards, emails and presents. I’ve seen the jealously and excitement in peoples eyes but also the tears of close friends and family. 

It’s hard not to let the emotion of it all get on top of me. It’s very, very hard. I’ve feeling everything from fear, guilt and regret to excitement, happiness and relief all at the same time. I’m grinning one moment, wiping tears away the next.

I haven’t even said bye to my parents yet. That’s going to be tough!

On the other hand…

Hi, I’m Stefan. Tomorrow I leave the UK bound for Cuzco ready to start my Round The World trip. It’ll take 29 hours to get there, via three countries, four airports and two airlines. I’ve got my backs packed, the clothes I’m wearing to one side and a small list of things to check. Ultimately, I’m ready to physically leave.

I leave behind a fantastic group of friends and family whom I love dearly. I couldn’t be happier or more excited than I am right now…