Anyone who says Christmas is the most stressful time of the year has never had a book deadline. My book on world travel is due in less than two weeks and, to be quite honest, I’m not close to being done. At least, I don’t feel like I am. Other writers are telling me this stress is normal and everyone feels this way at one point, but I’m not sleeping well, my eyes hurt from staring at my computer, and the book is taking up all my time. I wonder if this is what Bill Bryson goes through? I bet he is more organized than me.
I’ll make my deadline in time, but it’s going to be a lot of work. I’m throwing everything and the kitchen sink into this book — probably more than I need to, but I want to leave no travel tip unturned. This book is why you haven’t heard from me much the last few weeks and won’t until it’s finished.
This book has meant I haven’t been able to do the sightseeing in Cambodia I’ve wanted either. I skipped out on three days on a deserted island because I need to verify some prices on the Internet and there’s no Internet there. Or power. Depressing — there’s nothing I love more than an undeveloped island.
So there will be a trickle of posts and guest posts for a while, but once the book is done, I have some great stuff coming. I have articles planned on Thai food, Cambodian daily life, an article on sex tourism in Thailand, Angkor Wat, my fears about going back home next month, and new ways to save money on the road. Expect a prolific March.
Lastly, I’d like to ask again that if you have used any of the companies I’ve recommended or any of my tips and they’ve helped you travel better and cheaper, I would like to hear from you.
There will be a section in the book quoting readers who have used my advice to improve their travels, and I hope one of those readers is you! If you send me your thoughts, you’ll get a credit in the book for contributing. If you have a website, I will list your website too.
If you are interested in providing me a quote, email me at:
Please title your email “Nomadic Matt Book Quote”
So that’s my life right now: holed up in a hotel on the coast here in Cambodia writing away. I hope yours is considerably less stressful.