Life is like a metaphysical Etch A Sketch. You can spin the knobs for only so long before you can’t see what you’re doing anymore. Sometimes you need to give it a good shake and start over.
I gave notice at my job two weeks ago and my last day is one month away. How’s that for shaking things up?
It’s that liminal period now, where the goal I’ve worked toward and waited on is suddenly rocketing at me with no breaks, reserve chute, or regard for red-colored traffic signals. Take heed: the future is never as far away as it feels.
Plans & Happenings
Coming off the insane death ride that was August, I rang in September with renewed focus on Traveling Savage. First thing on the docket: vaccinations. I’d almost rather take suppositories than subject myself to shots, so this cut the music on my mental mashup pretty fast. But I set my resolve and clenched my jaw, and now I’m immune to Yellow Fever, Hepatitis A, and Typhoid (in addition to Hepatitis B and Tetanus from previous vaccines). It’s kind of magical. The Rabies vaccine is extremely expensive so I’ve just decided to avoid snuggling up with stray dogs. Despite my good health insurance plan, these vaccinations were not covered and they’re expensive. Wish I’d read this post on travel vaccinations before I’d had mine.
Early last week I crossed another bridge when I bought my flight to Buenos Aires, Argentina. Of all the milestones I’ve passed along this journey, buying the tickets to Argentina was the most real and nerve-wracking (so far). I fly Chicago-Houston-Buenos Aires on November 9 and return on December 10, a month later. Sadly, there was no cheap deal to be had; the ticket was the most expensive one I’ve ever purchased and it still stings. I’ve learned that flying out of Chicago on this particular route is sub-optimal, and prices are simply not coming down. But I have a ticket! This is really happening.
Finally, just a week ago, I laid out a possible framework for my future travels around the world. The input I received in the comments of that post has been helpful, expansive, and ultimately more complicating (in a good way). It’s a good spot to be in, though, and I’m happy to have at least some ideas about what’s after Argentina. I forgot to mention that there’ll be a trip to Vancouver in the mix, in early June, for TBEX ’11!
Features & PR
I’ve had a fantastic month connecting with other travelers and getting the word out on Traveling Savage, including a couple of recent features. Since the last State of the Savage, GloboTreks, run by nice guy Norbert Figueroa, included my post on giving notice in their good reads for the month of August. Some days later, Bryan from Budget Your Trip featured Traveling Savage and I provided some insight into how we’re making this life change happen financially.
Around the same time, Travelpology included my Trackpacking post on Rodrigo y Gabriela in their weekly round-up of travel stories. Slight tangent: the Rodrigo y Gabriela show I was so excited to see was CANCELED. Gabriela threw her wrist out or something. Earlier this month I had the opportunity to be interviewed by Jodi Sagorin via Skype. Jodi’s gearing up for some adventure travel, and she asked me a series of questions about my travel philosophy. She published her e-book, How To Be An Adventurer, just last week and I’m featured in it along with some excellent company, including Chris Guillebeau, Colin Wright, Raam Dev, Derek Earl Baron, and Lauren McLeod.
This week I was featured on two Web sites: Untemplater and Briefcase to Backpack. Untemplater selected my untemplating story for publication and kindly shared it with their audience. Briefcase to Backpack asked me a few questions about my career break and I explained how I’m breaking one career and building another, one that’s in line with my values and passions. I’ve got a healthy respect for both of these sites and I enjoy the motivational stories they publish on a regular basis.
The strength of your conviction is directly correlated to your ability to persevere and succeed. So make waves with something you believe in.
In a little over a month I will be on the road making this plan a reality. Sláinte!
Listening to: Bon Iver
Original photo by Mooganic via Flickr under Creative Commons