“Travel far enough, you meet yourself” – Cloud Atlas
What wakes you up in the morning? What keeps your fire burning all day long and up late when you know you should be sleeping?
For me, and many of you out there, it’s traveling – and right now, it’s the endless thoughts about my next trip. I scour over travel blogs, watch documentaries and spend time convincing others that their travel dreams can and should be a reality, too (you know who you are). I eat foods of the countries that I hope to go to and if you’re looking for Chicago food recommendations – I got ’em! I stay up late obsessing over travel books. Lately, my banker has become my best friend as we figure out how to rack me up some credit so I can finally start earning miles!
I’ve been reading a lot of travel blogs lately and the opinions on whether or not you can satisfy your relentless desire to travel by traveling. The answer is still uncertain to me. There are those of you out there that say, once you start, you just can’t stop. You’re location independent, creating a life out of traveling. But many of you end up burning out after a few years – can you have too much of a good thing? Yet there are those who have decided to have the best of both worlds. You travel as much as you can, for as long as you can, but you hold a steady job in a permanent city. Tim Ferris tells us to take mini-retirements every year. I like the options, but I don’t have a fully formed opinion here.
I don’t think this “potential” trip will keep me on the road forever (I’m too close to my friends and family to be away for too long). But I also know that this year-long adventure may not satisfy my constant need to travel. As I embark on this next journey, I’m sure my mind will change a thousand times, as will my plans. I just hope I can keep an open mind about creating a life for myself that allows me to continuously indulge in this thing I love so much.
This pre-travel obsession is some odd way of preparing myself for the experience and maintaining my sanity until my departure. The plan is still up in the air and I’m all ears for recommendations. The Mediterranean, Southeast Asia and Central (and maybe South) America, are at the top of the list right now for regions I’d like to hit. I’m going for cheap, beautiful and delicious.
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