I leave in 6-days from the publishing of this post, and I honestly can’t wait! Ohio’s weather has been pretty awful, with the whole Polar Vortex craze, so it’s ABSOLUTELY time to escape to the beach. I’ve only visited the Caribbean once before, to disastrously awful results, but I feel good about this time around. I’ve learned a lot, changed my travel style, and what I do and how I do it, and overall, I’ve become quite the travel safety master – plus, I’m a lot better at planning and also, on the flip side of that, I’m much improved in my random wanderings, just in case I need to wing part of the trip. Look out for upcoming updates and new posts about Aruba!
USA Road Trip: March-June
I first announced my plans for an upcoming road trip around most of the United States of America in September of 2013, but since then, the trip has really taken shape. Originally, I had planned to do this trip in 2012, but alas, timing wasn’t quite right. In 2012, I was still trying to conquer the new lifestyle of selling everything I owned, and packing up my necessities in my car – and then the whole Puerto Rico incident happened (as I mentioned earlier in this article). Fast-forwarding to today, all is well again and the trip is set to green light go. I have a couple of friends who may accompany me along the trek, and so in that regard, I’m stoked about what could become of it. My best friend of 24 years, Matt, is a budding young filmmaker, like I used to be, so we may very well produce a documentary throughout the road trip. I’ll also be offering daily (or every other day) updates on what kind of trouble we get up to, along with whatever we likely end up discovering too. The road trip will cover between 27-30 states, with a brief stint in Mexico, and a week or two in Canada. Be sure to look out for coverage, as time gets a bit closer.
Canada Trip: Late June
Separately from the USA road trip, I will likely be revisiting Canada again in late June, as I’ve been invited to tour many areas from Banff to the south-Canadian Rockies, by Canada's Tourism Board. The trip dates are a bit tentative at the moment, being simply ‘penciled-in,’ but I can’t imagine this trip being much of a bummer at all, I’m sure it will be a lovely experience – plus, I’m always excited to team up with the government offices of the destinations that I’m exploring.
As I stated prior, I am weighing my options a bit for the rest of the year, and even if I do settle in Florida, I will still be traveling often. I know that I will likely explore more of the Caribbean as I’ll be so close, but I have more adventurous plans in mind. I’ve written an article or two talking over my random thought process for future trips, and I’ve settled on a tie at the moment. I want a more life-altering experience, and for mind-expanding understanding and (perhaps) enlightenment, so I’ve settled on the idea of spending a few months in either Asia or Africa. Both continents offer destinations that would both dramatically change and humble me, allowing me to search within myself further, without distraction, where I can both grow and find peace.
What do you think I should consider? Where do you believe I should go to accomplish my great yearnings?