Flying South for the Winter


Around this time last year, I maintained a relatively average existence. I had an apartment, a “normal” job, a book (wine?) club, a smattering of team affiliations, a routine. Then I gave it all up for the decidedly not average life of a nomad. It’s a weird life, a wild life, a life that still […]

On (Not) Sitting Still


I’m feeling especially wanderlusty this week. Here are a few things that are fueling that fire. I think it’s time to get cracking on my next big adventure. Happy Thursday!

A Nervous State of Affairs

In two weeks, I will be asleep in a hostel in Singapore. After two or so years of “what do I do next,” one year of saving for that next thing, and 3.5 months of planning for this specific trip, I cannot believe that this is actually a reality. I’m excited, but the nerves are […]

The November Checklist

In November, there was a lot of standing in the middle of the room, looking around at the mess, asking “Now what?” and then abandoning it in favor of having drinks with friends or sleeping or doing any number of less productive activities. Here’s what I did manage to accomplish: – Purchased travel insurance (and […]

And It Gets Tough


No one warned me about this. No one said that there would be this time, this gap between the purchasing of the ticket and the day of departure, when things feel really hard. There’s plenty of information out there — on blogs, in guidebooks, all over Twitter — about challenges travelers face while on the […]

The October Checklist

What happened to October? How is it possible that in just two short months, I’ll be on a plane to China? September was a jam-packed month for planning — in part because I was WAY excited about every little detail, and in part because I had to make some headway on some of the more […]

Shit’s Gettin’ Real: Five Weeks Notice

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I quit my job today. Rather, I told my boss that in five weeks, I’ll be picking up my life and moving on. It was a hard conversation to have, and I unexpectedly felt a profound sense of sadness when I walked out. Because now this is real. As long as I was holding on […]

#MeetPlanGo 2012


In the process of deciding to travel and laying the groundwork to make it happen, I have discovered that I am far from alone. In addition to talking to some incredibly kind and helpful bloggers, I recently had the opportunity to take a day trip to NYC for the 2012 edition of Meet Plan Go, […]

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, […]

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 […]