Honestly, I still haven’t decided the specifics but I am breaking it down into general areas.
As an example, I’m attending a travel writing workshop just north of San Francisco Bay in mid-August. I’ll plan a trip to Southern California, where I lived for nearly two decades, around that rather than go back and forth across the country. Whether it’s before or after depends on the schedule of the people I want to see and whether or not they’ll be in town.
I’ve also decided to stay in the U.S. until the fall when I will venture off to Europe. I’m doing this because I want to avoid the summer European crowds although I haven’t decided where to go while there.
That just leaves me to decide June, July and the beginning of August. I’m leaning towards New England because it’s an area I’m considering as a place to relocate. It’s also a good time as the weather isn’t crazy cold nor is it the expensive high season of leaf peeping in September and October.
Or should I head to the west coast and spend time in the Pacific Northwest, another area I’m considering as a place to relocate, before venturing to California?
Some of you may be wondering why I’m not just running overseas as soon as possible. After all, doesn’t full-time travel mean leaving your home country for new worlds?
How many full-time travel bloggers write about how they are not “coming home” until the wanderlust is out of their system? They want you to think that domestic travel isn’t real travel.
And they’re wrong.
Too many people neglect seeing their own countries, or neighboring countries, when they plan travel. Don’t do that. Don’t miss your own backyard.
Traveling domestically is still traveling. And I’m not going to miss out on that.