After more than 19 months of traveling the world, one man found the perfect reason to come home.

Nicolas Foubert was on the western coast of Guatemala when he finally decided to go home for his sister’s birthday since he couldn’t be there the year before. But instead of letting his family in Paris know that he’s returning, he wanted to surprise them all.

He could’ve just showed up on their front door, but instead he filmed his journey from the beaches of Guatemala back to Europe. However gimmicky the video feels, it’s all raw emotion when the door finally opens with Foubert on the porch.

Photo via Nicolas Foubert/YouTube