My Last Day Before Traveling RTW

Excitement. Anxiety. Nervousness. Joy. Sadness. Elation. As the time scampers by and my round-the-world trip quickly approaches, I’ve been full of emotion. At times it’s been almost unbearable. In the last few days, my heart has been racing, there have been butterflies in my tummy, and I feel totally edgy. I’ve tried to hide it, but my parents have started to clue in -I guess it was only a matter of time.

How do I cope? Well, my initial reaction to that question is, “I’m coping?”.

The other night I ended up driving to Wal-Mart and wandering around the store in a daze at 10 p.m. because I couldn’t stand to be in the house anymore. I blame an insane amount of adrenaline and nerves! These are feelings that have not disappeared as my last day at home approached.

This morning I woke up early and lay in bed, starring at the ceiling. I didn’t want to get up. I wanted to relax a little more before my adrenaline woke up.  It took all of 20 minutes for that to happen.

So, what did I do on my last day? Well…

  • Laundry- one last kick at the cat. Just one load and I was done.
  • Twitter, yup, I was on twitter shortly after I woke up. I needed a distraction! That’s my story and I’m sticking to it!
  • Tetanus shot
  • Bought USD
  • Watched old movies with my parents (Happy Road with Gene Kelly)
  • Bought a book to read on the bus
  • Went out for dinner
  • Last minute shopping
  • PACKED!!
  • Fixed a spreadsheet for my Mom
  • Twitter/Facebook/ Skype
  • Updating my blog

Exciting day, huh! As the day draws to an end my nervous and adrenaline rush have subsided. I finally feel calm and relaxed. It’s a fabulous feeling. I still have a hard time believing that I’m leaving in the morning. I think it’ll sink in when I finally get on the bus.

I’d like to thank all my wonderful twitter peeps for keeping me motivated and inspired. Thank-you for your support and love. I hope that as I travel, I’ll be able to share many stories and experiences with all of you. Whether they are written, through photographs or video.

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18 Responses

  1. Stephanie

    Well I’m leaving next week so I may be the one person in the world who really gets what you are going through right now! You described what I’m feeling really well- the weird mix of emotions and the adrenaline I just don’t know what to do with. I’m glad to know I’m not the only one feeling this way, and I’m sure once we are both out and moving those feelings will disappear fast!

    • Pamela

      This morning, I was dreading the thought of being edgy all day long. It’s like I was going to explode. When someone on Twitter challenges my choice to go to Tibet this morning I had to ask to move the conversation to email because I couldn’t handle any more emotion today!

  2. Diana

    So will this trip cover only SE Asia? Whatever the case, I’m glad you’ve reach the level of calm – that will definitely help you to enjoy the experience!

    • Pamela

      Asia is the only solid part of the trip. If all goes well, I’ll be adding destinations in Europe and South/ Central America as well.

  3. Jaime D.

    Girl as I was reading this story I was going through all the emotions I you were describing. All you can do now is relax and go with the flow. I think the hard part is over all the nights spent planning and saving and getting everything together are now going to pay off!!!

    Enjoy it and take every moment in!!!

  4. Jade

    Yep- I’ve totally been there. I wrote a personal journal entry as I was sitting on the plane waiting to land in Sydney- it was still unbelievable to me. Every couple of days I had to pinch myself and keep myself in check that I was actually doing it. that i was living the dream that i had been prepping for for so many months! Enjoy that bus ride- the thrill of knowing you are doing it! Good luck, safe travels and I can’t wait to hear about your journey!

  5. Corey W.

    Good luck and safe travels! I’m shocked at how calm you appear! I’m going to be a nervous wreck my last day at home!

    Have fun! I’m looking forward to reading all your posts from the road!

    • Pamela

      Oh, I was so nervous this morning I thought I would implode. Seriously. I’ve been calm for about an hour. haha

  6. Emily

    Good luck on your travels! Can’t wait to read about your adventures 🙂


  7. LeslieTravel

    Enjoy doing your laundry at home- from now on the hostel sink is your laundry room 🙂 Have a wonderful trip! Can’t wait to read about your adventures.

  8. Daniel N.

    Good luck and safe travels Pam!
    Don’t worry, all will be just fine after you start traveling and hope we’ll all meet up in Chiang Mai soon!


  9. ayngelina

    I remember my last day, so overwhelming and exciting. Enjoy every minute and hopefully our paths will cross in India.

  10. Keith

    Best of luck to you on your trip! To be honest, I really hate the day before/of leaving. All the nervous energy is exhausting.

  11. WanderingTrader

    GOOD LUCK!!! Keep up posted with lots of pics!! Def can relate though, we have many last days as we tend to move around to often!

  12. Cam

    Woohoo! The time has come… enjoy every minute (not that you weren’t going to before my suggestion). I’m the opposite to Keith, the anticipation and nervous energy is the ultimate buzz! Looking forward to some juicy travel tales


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