We stopped posting here abruptly. I wrote that we came back before Todd had the chance to post about running of the bulls, so it sort of just looks like we disappeared.
Time in Austin has been fun and comfortable - too comfortable. The first month or so was easy, but since then we've both been getting antsy.
All we talk about is other countries. We can censor ourselves when other friends are around (sometimes), but when it's just the two of us, the conversation is broken up by these sorts of non sequitiurs:
"Remember than Indian guy in Thailand who ripped off his shirt to show us his tattoos?"
"How much would you love to do this in Japan" ("this" applies to almost everything. Today it was frisbee throwing)
"Can you believe that just six months ago we were in Cambodia?"
Any fear I had of being complacent in Austin is gone. I love it here, but I can't wait to be out on the open road/sky again.
I've been tempering this wanderlust with short trips. LA, Vegas, Kentucky, and Boston so far. Toronto soon.
Nothing is final until it's over, but here are the rough ideas we're thinking for next year:
Trip #1 (Jan-Mar) - Panama, Colombia, maybe Peru (Incan trail to Macchu Picchu)
Trip #2 (May-Jul) - Trans Siberian Express from London to Moscow to Beijing
Trip #3 (Sep-Nov) - Japan (yay!) and Korea
We'll see what really goes down, but that's the general idea we have so far. I'm not sure if Todd has some different ideas for some of the segments.
Next year's blogs should be even better. More video, more pictures, and a surprise that I can't talk about until it's finalized.
One of the best parts last year, which we hadn't planned for at all, was that a lot of people were generous enough to put us up in their houses or show us around their countries. If you live outside the US and would like to put us up (even for a short time), show us around, or take us on some adventure, e-mail us!
So what's the deal with the Life Nomadic site? Looks like everything is switching over here that you wrote, and everything else is getting deleted. That's after 8 months of no new posts. Are you and Todd not traveling together anymore/friends?
I love this site. Have you guys thought of Couchsurfing some? I've surfed (free) in around 20 peoples homes. I've always had great experiences.
Come back to Panama in the winter, bro. I'm expecting to be down south america way come november or december. There, I will ROCK OUT.
One possible adventure you could have in Kuala Lumpur is to do a BASE jump off one of the towers. Not sure if there are any schedules around the time you arrive, but you can find out more at www.kltowerjump.com beforehand.
Yep - once you start traveling and then go home things are never the same again for the rest of your life.
The first time I traveled overseas changed me forever, so much that I eventually never came back. Now I live in Southeast Asia loving life, happy everyday I wake up
Gruntie - Wow. One of the things on my "do before you die" list is to play with a penguin. I'll be there one of these days. Thank you for the offer!
My Penguin ranch as it were is rather small and started when I found a few of these loverly birds washed up on the beach tired and hungry. I washed and fed them, now the lads, as I call them, follow me as I go about my chores. They're always looking for a bit of something to eat and will grab your drink if not careful. Though I do not believe alcohol agrees with their avian systems much. I enjoy their funny sounds though mum made me put the Jacobsens in a pen away from the house as they are prone to braying like a donkey.
As our stack of plane tickets gets thinner and our passports get more and more inked up, we've started thinking about what we're going to do next year.
A repeat? Take some time off? Some combination?
This sort of travel is self perpetuating. If I had ten places I really wanted to visit before leaving on this trip, I now have twenty. Most people we meet are travelers, and they all have crushes on cities that then get transferred to us.
Jamie A. Thom reached out to me recently with a fantastic letter, and kindly let me post it here for everyone. He talks about something I think a lot of us have experienced - having enough natural ability to coast through easy work, but falling far short of potential because of it. He shook out of it by taking a lot of action and throwing himself into the deep end of getting married, working internationally, and taking on some huge projects.
Pretty inspirational stuff. Here's Jamie -
Laziness - The Enemy of Victory
I am finally stepping out of the (more than 900 by now!) crowd of regular readers to get in touch and say "hello". First may I say how much I've been enjoying your blog over the past few months, I believe I first stumbled across you after reading your comment on a Less Wrong post about why humans are not automatically strategic. My only previous contact with you was a brief comment on your post about books worth reading to get started on Japanese history, I am currently reading Musashi as a result and am enjoying it very much - many thanks for those recommendations.