Show 24: Long-term travel and heading home

Rob and his skateboardAnyone who’s been reading our blog lately will have noticed that our thoughts are currently obsessed with the transition from full-time travel to coming home. How to adapt and what focus we want our lives to take in the future is a constant point of pondering lately.

When you’re in the midst of trying to figure these big questions out, it’s always wonderful to learn that someone else out there can sympathise.

Enter Rob Thomson, a Kiwi who embarked on an awesome round-the-world journey on a bicycle and a skateboard (See his 14 Degrees blog) and who’s recently returned to New Zealand. We were so happy that we were able to meet Rob and that he had the time to tell us about his trip and some of the emotions he encountered when it was all over.


  1. Rob Thomson
    27th April 2009 at 6:12 am #

    Hey thanks for that guys. I listened to the whole thing…and it actually sounds like I made sense after all!

    Enjoy the rest of your time in NZ!


  2. richard ash
    28th April 2009 at 12:28 am #

    Listened to Rob’s story. What an amazing feat (or should that be feet) to skateboard half way round the world. Sad that only 20% was enjoyable and he now sounds that life is a little empty. With his religious faith I recommend the Pilgrims Way to Santiago de Compostela always meeting people of interest and generosity in the evenings even if alone by day. Just to make it more interesting for him why not do it on a unicycle!! My son had periods of feeling low on his return from kite buggying across the Gobi as did my nephew after rowing the Atlantic and they were away only 8 weeks and 5 weeks respectively. Hope you got my e mail. Best Wishes to you both. Richard

  3. Becky
    3rd May 2009 at 9:19 am #

    Now that it too cool… you might note that Rob’s bike looks just like ours! His site was one of the early ones we saw when we contemplated the whole recumbent cycle touring idea! That’s cool that you guys met him!

  4. Shane
    30th August 2010 at 10:28 pm #

    20/80% this sound even worse than my last trip, I fear this is the lot of the solo (and honest) cyclist.

    I’ve learned a few things to try and make it 50/50 next time…


  5. Shane
    30th August 2010 at 10:30 pm #

    20/80% this sound even worse than my last trip, I fear this is the lot of the solo(and honest) cyclist.

    I’ve learned afew things to try and make it 50/50 next time…


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