The September Checklist

Many people who set off on long-term travel spend months — even years — planning and saving for their adventures. With less than four months from the day I made this decision until the day my plane takes off, I don’t have that luxury. It’s both a blessing and a curse, but in any case, […]

Big Questions

One of the biggest questions I have had to answer for myself is: How do I know I’m ready for this? Related question: Am I scared? I’ll tackle the second one first: yes and no. Obviously, a key purpose of this adventure is to overcome my fears, both the ones I can identify and the […]

Moving Forward

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It’s not exactly easy to be OK with setting fire to your life, selling almost everything that you own, and heading off to places where you know no one and nothing. But for the adventure of a lifetime, it’s worth all of those things, you know? For every grand plan I’ve had in the past […]

The Start of Something New


On January 1, 2013, I’m off to see the world. It all started with my Labor Day trip to San Diego. I was expecting to fall madly, passionately in love with the city. I wanted to be convinced to pack up my bikes and my clothes and my kitchen gadgets and move right then and […]