I’ve traveled for fun and I’ve traveled for work. I’ve been paid to travel and I’ve also paid to travel. I’ve had short-term stays in extended stay hotels and turn-key apartments, and I’ve spent years in the same place.
A few months ago, I started feeling restless. I looked around my house and thought “Why do I have all this stuff?” Those times I lived in short-term housing, all I had to do was bring my clothes and a toothbrush and everything else was provided–furniture, kitchen, cookware and dishes, cable tv, internet access, housekeeping, and more. When I got tired of the place, I simply packed my bags and left. It was wonderful. I loved it. I felt light and free. I had a wanderlust that gave me energy.
Now, with lots of stuff, I feel weighed down. Anchored. Stuck.
I also realized I was getting tired of not only my stuff but where I was living. My house is fine but the area itself has never done much for me.
It’s time to move. But where to? I started making a list of the places I might like but couldn’t really decide? it’s then I got my first “aha” moment. Why not go to each one, move into an extended stay hotel, and try them out for a month or so.
But paying double housing expenses seemed ridiculous. Okay, I could put my stuff in storage. I’d need a fairly large storage unit for everything and then, of course, be prepared to pay to move it both in and out.
Did I really like my stuff that much to warrant paying for storage and moving? Not really. I started going through my house and soon realized the stuff I truly cared about could easily fit in a few trunks and very small storage unit ( 5′ x 5′).
And that’s when the second “aha” moment hit. If I’m going to travel looking for a new place to live, why not just travel.
So, starting in the Spring of 2014, I will become a full-time traveler. I’m going to sell/donate/throw out much of what I own, save those items that have sentimental value or I wish to have should I settle down. and take off.
During the next few months, I’ll be asking for your opinions on places to go, things to do, gadgets to replace, and anything else that will make my full-time, one-bag travel easier. (Yes, I’m going to do it with one-bag.) We have readers from all over the world so I may ask for specific ideas of things to see, places to stay, and where to find good food.
On the plus side, I’ll be able to share more of my one bag experiences as well as talk about my destinations. Look for more photos and possibly even some videos.
Right now, some of you are asking: “Hey Frank, what about all that travel stuff you reviewed. Are you keeping it all?” No. Many of the items I’ve reviewed over that past few years will be up for sale. Don’t write asking me about specific things. I’ll post them in the for sale section of the forum as I go through them.
I wasn’t sure when I should have announced this but I guess there is no better time than the present.
I have a little over six months before I depart. Barring any unforseen circumstances, “The Adventure,” as I’m calling it, will soon begin.