First, I’d like to tell everyone: don’t worry. I am not giving up traveling, nor am I giving up blogging. After I wrote about ending my nomadic ways, my inbox and social media streams were flooded with questions and concerns. However, don’t worry. As I said at the end of that blog post, the only change in my life is that I am no longer going to be a nomad. I am going to have a home base and I’m going to put down roots — but I am still going to travel and I am still going to blog about it. Already during my time in Sweden, I am planning visits to Iceland, Norway, Switzerland, Jordan, and the Arctic. And in two weeks, I’ll be touching down in Tokyo for a two-week tour with G Adventures.
But now that I am no longer a permanent nomad, what am I doing with my life?
After returning to the United States, I spent a week in Las Vegas with friends. It was a good way station back into the States. A good adjustment period. For the past week, I have been home at my parents’ house outside of Boston. Life in suburbia has actually been quite busy. It’s tax time in the States, and I have been busily going through all of my 2011 receipts so I can figure out how much I spent and can deduct. I’m pretty sure I am going to get walloped in taxes this year; I don’t look forward to getting the bill next week.
When I’m not buried in my receipts and crunching numbers on my adding machine, I’m writing. I’ve started the editing for my novel and that is taking up much of my time — plus I have a head full of content to write about, and so I’ve been busily writing blog posts. The next few weeks will be a tidal wave of travel stories, tips, photos, and advice.
This coming week I’ll be applying for my six-month Swedish visa. Over the past few weeks as I’ve researched how to stay in Europe longer than 90 days, I’ve learned a lot. It’s all going to be put together in a long blog post for those of you considering a long-term stay in Europe; I just need to hear back from a few more embassies on their procedures first.
This weekend I will be in New York City for four days before I come back home and get ready to visit Japan. I leave on the 21st of April for two weeks and then I spend another week in South Korea before heading back to Las Vegas.
What else is going on?
I’ve been updating a lot of my old travel tips with new information. So if you are traveling soon, these pages have just been updated for you:
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I’ve updated my book on “How to Make a Successful Blog” and now offer two hours of one-on-one coaching session as part of the package. Note: The newest version of this is a blogging course that you can find here.
Now that I am home, I feel overwhelmed by the amount of writing and projects I have planned. I didn’t realize how much stuff I’ve put off the last few months until I came home and made a list. But being in suburbia has allowed me to lock myself up in my parents’ house, sit down undistracted, and actually get things done.
There’s a certain satisfaction in being productive, but I know in two weeks’ time, when wanderlust comes over me and I can’t take being still any longer, I’ll be boarding a flight to Japan, ready to take my first “vacation” in years. And that is something I am really looking forward to.