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Returning to America after 18 months abroad

Texas & American flags

Well, after over 18 months travelling around the world, I’m finally returning to America. It’s a big f*cking step. Oh, correction there, I mean to say “USA” not America.

Anyways, my flight leaves for Dallas, Texas from Berlin, Germany in less than 6 hours. My backpack that I’ve taken with me around the world is empty – some clothes strewn about on the floor. My laptop, obviously, is on my desk and instead of filling my backpack I’m writing a blog post.

A homecoming of sorts

My feelings about returning to America are a bit weird. I’m returning as almost an entirely different person (while still remaining the same). Travelling for so long and to so many different places really opened my mind on so many different things—from politics to geography. The biggest difference between Adam 18 months ago and Adam today (yes, hello third person) is that I’m now an openly gay male. So much so, in fact, I’ve started an entirely separate gay travel website at My Gay Travel with personal travel stories, gay travel tips and other travel news targeted toward gay backpackers.

So, going home on that note is definitely a bit weird.

But you know what? I’m pretty excited, too. Excited about finally feeling so comfortable with myself (hello Berlin) that I have very little fear for the future. Excited to see my family again. Excited to visit my adorable niece. Excited about the future. There’s a huge sense of closure looming over my mind. Eighteen months in 13 countries. An ending.

And then there’s the Mexican food, of course:

skype conversation about returning to america

  1. Liz says:


    Have a safe flight!

  2. Jaime says:

    Great post… good to see how someone changes yet remains the same after 18 months of travel. Welcome home… for a bit. Oh & yes enjoy Mexican food for the both of us while you are there!

    • Adam says:

      thanks jaime! so glad i got to meet you in berlin. will definitely have some tex-mex for you! maybe i’ll even go to a country music bar…but don’t hold your breath :)

  3. Emily Groffman says:

    Can’t wait to see you! :)

  4. Rease Kirchner says:

    Good luck! I went back to the US after 14 months as an expat. I also ate lots of Mexican food! I felt culture shocked at first but it was so familiar and wonderful too.

    Oh and congrats on being openly gay now, so happy traveling helped you become comfortable with who you are.

    • Adam says:

      Thanks so much Rease! I’m excited to see what’s the same and what’s different while I’m home. And travelling and seeing things differently completely changed my life…for the better!

  5. Adam, this post made me grin from ear-to-ear. I remember when we met up in Madrid … so long ago. I am so proud of you for all you have accomplished. And all you will accomplish. Welcome “home” … enjoy Thanksgiving and keep living. xxx

    • Adam says:

      Thanks Diana. Looking back, Madrid seems like such a long time ago!! Can’t believe who I was then and who I am now. What a journey – glad to have had you around – thanks again!

  6. Sarah Wu says:

    Welcome back Adam, so beside opening open another blog what other plan are you having next? : )

    • Adam says:

      one step at a time! i hope to work on my graphic design portfolio some more because it’s been a while since it was updated…

  7. Becs says:

    Haha, when I got back from 2 years in Australia and New Zealand (wine wine wine everywhere!), I drank margarita’s at every bar! I didn’t even realize how much I missed them until I came home!

    Have a great trip!

  8. Heather says:

    Enjoy home and Mexican :-) Happy Thanksgiving!

    And your new website looks great!

  9. Spencer says:

    It took me a while to adjust after my RTW trip but once I did it is amazing how what I saw/learnt on my travels has shaped my life thereafter.

    • Adam says:

      Yeah, my travels have certainly had a huge impact on my life… only been in America for a week now and I can already see what people talk about when they return from big trips…

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  11. TheWorldOrBust says:

    Glad you’re comfortable with yourself and want to help others in the same position!  best of luck.

  12. Tran says:

    Big news and a great story. You know a lot of people say that the best Mexican food in the world is in Texas. Have an extra taco al pastor for us!

  13. World Nomad says:

    I found your web site by random luck and was curious if you are still in Berlin, but then I read that you are back in USA. Anyway, hope you enjoyed the rest of your stay in Germany! Greets from Bulgaria

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