Back to the USA

After traveling for 8 months, we’ve decided to end our RTW trip earlier than planned and head back to the United States.

Thanks again for following along and joining us on our journey!

Quick 2020 Update!

Since our return, both of us have followed our passions and started new businesses. Rachel started a Pilates studio ( and Peter started a boat tour business ( So far, so good!

Do you have any thoughts to share about hitting the life reset button? Please post below or contact us directly!


Carole Peirson · February 2, 2019 at 8:00 am

We’ve so enjoyed your travel posts and we got to “travel” a bit with you guys. We’re happy you feel the trip met your expectations as far as the life reset and we look forward to having you back on the Shore!!

    Peter & Rachel · February 12, 2019 at 5:20 am

    Thanks, guys! We look forward to seeing you, too!

Aunt Heidi · February 2, 2019 at 8:52 am

It’s been great following you both on your life reset adventure! Happy that you have had such wonderful experiences. Looking forward to hearing more when you’re back home.

    Peter & Rachel · February 12, 2019 at 5:20 am

    Thank you! It’s been a whirlwind 8 months!

Lise M · February 2, 2019 at 9:20 am

It has been so fun following you and watching your update videos. You guys are inspirational!!! Hope to see you when you get home. Lise

    Rachel · February 12, 2019 at 5:21 am

    Thanks, Lise – let’s definitely get together. It’s been too long!

liz bradford · February 2, 2019 at 11:48 am

I have loved traveling with you from the comfort of my armchair! I shall miss your blog posts, but do wish you well on your re entry. Please let us know how you fair when you return back to the grind!!
Enjoy your last couple of weeks.

    Rachel · February 12, 2019 at 5:22 am

    Thanks, Liz! We hope to limit the “grind” part! 🙂

Randy · February 2, 2019 at 1:33 pm

Amazing! What an adventure. And I do believe you are right, you will want to get right back on the road soon as you settled back in to the American way of life. Give me a shout as soon as you can at my email. Want to ask you a quick question. Hugs any safe journey home!

    Peter & Rachel · February 12, 2019 at 5:22 am

    Thanks, Randy! We hope to see you soon.

Todd Powell · February 2, 2019 at 6:34 pm

Glad to see you guys found the space you were after with your life reset! You forgot to mention your new fund skills as a RV grey tank installer Peter!

We would be interested to hear how you go with settling back home. Though it sounds like you guys have the perfect planning and mindset for dealing with it. Unlike some of us….

    Peter & Rachel · February 12, 2019 at 5:23 am

    Thanks, guys! Good point on Pete’s side hustle as an RV grey tank installer! LOL We’ll keep you posted on the transition.

Lee G. · February 10, 2019 at 5:18 pm

Wow! Wasn’t expecting to hear about you coming home earlier than planned but it makes perfect sense and very happy for you guys being able to come home on your own terms. Hope to see you in the near future !

    Peter · February 12, 2019 at 5:24 am

    Thanks, Lee. I’ll be sure to stop by and say hello!

Mark · February 11, 2019 at 1:44 am

Hi! I came across your website through my brother’s friend. He sent it to me because my wife and I are going to Lisbon in May. Looking through only a handful of posts is like deja vu. My wife and I: no kids, back in 2007, in our 40s, we took a mid-life crisis 6-month trip around the world, found vipassana, and have been retiring a little each year since. Love new experiences, my wife is a runner, I am into photography, and making travel videos, both love to travel! We live in Hawaii — love sailing, diving, and anything water related — but are now getting rid of almost all out stuff to travel a bit and then move back to New York. Anyway, your trip looks amazing. Keep hitting that reset button when needed!

    Peter & Rachel · February 12, 2019 at 5:24 am

    Mark – that is bizarre! We’d love to chat with you sometime. It sounds like we have a LOT in common!

Kate Ashby · February 13, 2019 at 4:06 pm

Feels like you just left!! I had a ton of questions before you left and now I have a ton more. Can’t wait to catch up!! See you soon…

Rosemary · February 19, 2019 at 6:38 pm

Great that you did your reset, and had all those different experiences. There’s nothing like meeting new people to make life change, to see that things can be different. I do agree that sightseeing isn’t the be-all of travel. We’ve always preferred living in different places for extended periods – to get to know the country, the people and learn about the different ways of living.

One of the things we’ve found about moving to Portugal is that we live in a small place and are really enjoying the minimalism.

Your new home based reset sounds as though it’s going to be as interesting as your trip itself. Sorry I didn’t get to meet you in Portugal. It would have been lovely to chat. I wish you luck with all your plans.

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