I realize I don’t talk about my personal life a lot. I made a conscious effort years ago that I wouldn’t make this site another travel blog of where I go and what I do. Frankly, I don’t think that my life is interesting enough that people would care that today I ate good food and saw sites x, y, and z. I wanted my site to contain more practical tips on saving money, and stories that could be applicable to any traveler.
I didn’t want to limit this site. I wanted my life to simply be an example of what can be done, and not bother with the mundane details.
Lately, though, I’ve felt that I’ve gone too far. I think the posts have gotten too impersonal. It’s not to say I don’t write personal posts. I do. Here’s an example. But looking through the last 5 months of posts, I feel there hasn’t been enough of a personal story woven through many of them.
That’s going to change! I plan to start writing more personal stories about my travels.
I’ll still keep the same goal of making them applicable to others, though. I am not going to bore you with the whole “today I did this” stuff. But I’ll be including more personal stories about my life on the road from now on.
And what’s been going on lately?
Today, I was going to fly back to New York City for my friend’s wedding. I wrote this long post about this not being the end of my trip but rather the end of Chapter One, and now it’s useless. I’m not flying back to New York today. I’m not flying back at all.
You see, I lost my passport on the way from Copenhagen to Amsterdam. While I have an emergency passport, I’ve been warned against traveling back to the States and then to the UK on one. Anyways, there’s a long blog post about losing my passport coming up. So more on that later.
I had been preparing for New York City since I left for Scandinavia. It was a mental marker that separated the different parts of my trip. There was the little trip before NYC, and then the typical backpacking trip that was to come after it. That’s when I plan to train-hop through European cities and hostels. Chapter One was just cruising around on my own, visiting friends and taking a sponsored trip to Norway.
Now, I’m in Amsterdam and starting the “backpacker” portion of my trip sooner than I had planned. I’ll be going to Greece on Monday. I’m going to start the application process for a real passport, then go spend my birthday on the Greek Islands. Then it is up through the Eastern block to Finland, Oktoberfest at the end of September, and a month in Poland before going to TBEX Europe in Prague.
After that, I might go to Korea. Or Japan. Or right back to Southeast Asia. I don’t know. I can’t plan that far in advance.
Seven years ago, I made the decision to travel the world. Now, I’ve made the decision to stop such a permanent nomadic lifestyle. And as I move one chapter closer to the end, the weight of the huge lifestyle change I’m about to undergo is finally hitting me. I’ve been quite reflective over this major life change.
But for now, I’m not going to worry about it. I’m just going to sort out my passport, go to Greece, and enjoy the non-stop adventure of the next few months.
After all, the universe always unfolds the way it should.