QUIT JOB + TRAVEL WORLD = DELINQUENT

I’ve been a bad boy, I know.  My blogging has been mute the past few months, but for good reason.  Once I returned home I worked furiously on a documentary about my journey, which I hope to have up on the web in the not too distant future.  I also decided to take a certification class that would aid me in finding jobs overseas.  Oh, and I rested … a little.

But as I wait for job related paperwork being processed by good ol’ Uncle Sam, I realize that my next move is still not the definitive “end-all” decision I had hoped for after jaunting around the planet.  It is merely a continuation of the many small steps I have made since I decided to turn my life upside down and inside out.  And that may be the
lesson here.  Change is gradual and not as easy to predict as one may think.  You try to plan it out, but like many things in life, it has a mind of its own.

My advice, for what it’s worth, is to go with change, regardless of what direction it points. It may not be exactly as you had imagined, but if it is true to who you are, it will be a path worth exploring.

Speaking of exploration, I have to pack for tomorrow’s climb of Mount Olympus.  What, you honestly thought I was going to stay in boring old New Jersey while the Feds processed my paperwork?

Rich, very rich.

Sit at home or hike this? Tough choice!

Sit at home or hike this?  Tough choice.

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QUIT JOB + TRAVEL WORLD = ANSWERS

It has been two weeks since I returned to the good ol’ US of A.  I have rested very little though, as I have locked myself in my bat-cave-of-a-room and worked furiously on putting together a movie documentary.  In the short term, a project like this is a great idea since it has the potential to open doors for a new career.  But the statistical odds of these golden doors opening are stacked against me.  So the long term “question” that began with me when I first touched down in chaotic Mexico City 19 months ago still clings to my shoulder
today in the magical kingdom of New Jersey.

But wait, I thought traveling was the ultimate panacea?  Actually, it is not.  For some, it can be.  I met plenty of people who settled down in a different country, found a new career or met that special someone, and all because they mustered up the courage to step out their front door into an unknown land with no reservations.  Most travelers, however, simply return back to their familiar settings and then deal with any lingering issues.

The convenience of everything being solved while I was on the road would have been great, but my crystal ball had other plans.  But this is ok.  Travel is not only about accomplishing tangible goals, but intangible, internal ones too.  And I certainly excelled in this department while I was “nomading” the globe.

So for all of those people out there going through some form of transformation, there is nothing to become sad over if utopia does not meet you at the finish line.  The process you went through is what counts, as the lessons learned will be what carries you forward to your next destination.  And this terminus may be an even better Shangri-la than you had originally envisioned.  Round two has begun.  Let’s get it on.

bolivia

It’s KO time!

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QUIT JOB + TRAVEL WORLD = REST

When I look back at the past 19 months, the whole experience feels like a surreal dream.  Walking through strange lands, discovering hidden waterfalls and intermingling with cultures that are far apart from my own.  Did this really happen?  Yes, it did.  Crazy no?  So many hostels (and overnights in airports!), exercising every day to keep my body as sharp as I could, and of course, transportation.  Planes, bullet trains, chicken buses, motorcycles, steam boats, bikes and even a kayak.  Not to mention my own two feet.  The amount, and variety, of food was flat out silly.  I simply cannot wrap my head around the whole trip.  My mind is bombarded with information overload and my weary body is in need of a solid night’s rest.  At the same time though, I am going to miss this insane lifestyle.  And I have a feeling this is not the end of my love affair with travel.  Just a brief detour.  But for the immediate future, I will have to settle for a dream.  A surreal dream.

 

sunset cambodia

At some point, the sun must set on even the most spectacular of journeys.

 

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QUIT JOB + TRAVEL WORLD = RUSSIAN SIBERIA

I was expecting the flight from South Korea back to New York to be uneventful, but I was wrong.  The flight took a route over Russian Siberia and this was the view from my window.  Not every day you get to see this area of the world!

 

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From Russia with love.

 

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LEARN TO READ THROUGH TRAVEL

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For all of those parents, soon-to-be parents, aunts, uncles and so forth, this will interest you!

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My brother and his wife had their first child a few months ago. I have not yet met her, but I am sure I will fall head over heels for the little munchkin. As she begins to talk, I have a feeling she will want to know about her Uncle’s crazy world trip during his youthful tenure. And I look forward to sharing with her story after story. But in the meantime, my dear Samara, here is your first taste of the magical world of travel, and also an introduction to the infinite universe of reading.

To all of those parents, soon-to-be parents, aunts, uncles and so forth out there, I sincerely hope that this book helps your children not only take their first steps into the realm of reading, but also into the arena of travel. What you can learn from each of these areas is infinite and invaluable.

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