As you may have guessed from the title, I am no longer going to be doing Life Nomadic. I'm in the Dominican Republic now, and will leave as soon as I can find a decent ticket back to Austin. I might go to Haiti first, since I'm already over here, but I'm not sure yet.
There are a bunch of little reasons, but the biggest one is that I feel like it's time for me to settle down. Not completely, with a wife and kids and all that, but I'll at least be staying in one place for a few years. I miss having a house, a car, my own bed and furniture, and maybe most of all: a kitchen that I can keep stocked constantly.
People have been telling me for a while that I should develop some responsibility, and that's probably right. Doing whatever I want all the time is definitely fun, but at some point I have to ask where it will lead in the future. I love kids and know I'll have some eventually. If I keep traveling I may never be in a position to raise them properly.
I'm also considering getting a job. Not a full time one, but something fun and creative like video editing, programming, or design work. I obviously don't get along with the typical 9-5 arrangement, but working half days could be manageable and would provide some steady income. Office camaraderie is probably the best part of having a job, so it will have to be an real life job, not an online one.
So that's that. Part of me wants to keep traveling, of course, but I just met an 82 year old traveler in Panama the other day, and he made me realize that there's no need to cram it all in now.
This is all a pretty drastic change, but if there's one thing I can count on in my life, it's drastic changes.