It has now been exactly one week since I landed back in Frankfurt and I thought it was time for some final words on my trip. First of all it was absolutely amazing and if someone would offer me to do it all again I would accept without a seconds hesitation.
Coming back home after exactly 200 days on the road was really a weird feeling. I have my own room with my own bed again, I'm not used to that kind of privacy anymore. Also it's nice to know that I don't have to search for a new place to stay every night. Although I do have to admit the first couple of nights I woke up panicking that I haven't organized any bus tickets for the next day yet. But the strangest feeling was being in a place for such a long time. The last half year every time I ended up in really boring place I got out of there as fast as possible. Oh and of course the weather...I'm not used to those temperatures anymore or wearing a jacket for that matter.
As much as I enjoyed my trip there are still some things I would do different next time. First of all the length and number of countries visited. The next time I would either travel longer or visit less countries. Traveling so fast and changing cultures that often got really tiring after a while. I would have loved to sometimes just spend a longer time in one place to actually really experience it but also have to time to actually let the past experiences settle. I experienced so much in such a short time and while this isn't necessarily a bad thing it happened way to often that I forgot thing I've already done because the next awesome experience came so fast. It's only now that I sort my photos that I realize actually how much I saw.
Another thing I would change is probably my camera. The Nikon D750 is an amazing camera and I never had any problems throughout the whole trip. I used it extensively, it was literally out and sitting on my hip the entire time through sand, wind and rain in jungles, deserts, volcanoes and at sea and all in all it is still looking quite good. My only problem is the size and weight especially with the 24-70mm lens I bought in Australia. It just gets tiring carrying it all the time, there were actually some days in New Zealand were I hurt my shoulder and couldn't even lift it to my face anymore. Ok but the weight issue can also be solved by just hitting the gym some more. The bigger problem was size. With a camera this big you draw a lot of attention making it harder to get candid shots in the streets for example. There were also times when I just didn't feel very comfortable having the camera out like in bad neighborhoods or at night. That did make me miss some great shots. Should I go on such a big trip again I would look to get something smaller like one of the many mirrorless options.
But that was about it, everything else worked basically great. My backpack was perfect and the outdoor clothing although looking kinda stupid was comfortable and survived the whole time. Carrying multiple hard-drives was a good idea although nothing every broke or got lost. But better to be save than sorry. Losing about 34.500 pictures would have been devastating.
So now that I'm back home what do I do now? Well I spent the last week organizing a lot of stuff with insurances companies and in my home. It also took quite a while to transfer about one terabyte of photos and video on my main computer and even more time to sort through it all. But now the real life starts as well, I will have to start looking for jobs and eventually working but whenever I find the time I will be out photographing and I hope to be traveling on some short trips again soon. Traveling is an addiction, the more you travel the more you want to do it. There are always more places to visit.