Formal Retirement Announcement

But TransWorld wasn’t the only big thing happening this week. Before I left for St. Louis, I was comfortable enough with my funds on hand that I paid off my third and final student loan! Apart from my mortgage (which will go when I sell the house) – I am debt free! And so on Monday, I sent out 124 letters Read More …

TransWorld’s 2017 Halloween and Attractions Show

What a week! I just returned last Sunday from TransWorld’s 2017 Halloween & Attractions Show in St. Louis. TransWorld’s HAAS (known colloquially just as “TransWorld” is an annual trade show convention held in St. Louis in mid-to-late March. Objectively, it’s the largest trade show of its kind in the United States, and arguably, it is “the event” that all haunters foam at Read More …

The Winona Trip and Personal Struggles

In recent weeks, I’ve made two major payments on my final student loan. I’m poised to make the last big payment to get the balance down to zero in just a few days. I’ve made steady progress on all of the logistical work I have to do to sell my home and prepare for this trip. Despite this progress, the last six Read More …

Travel Companions or Solo Travel?

I have had a recurring fantasy of meeting some foreign couple during my trip, and running off with them to visit their home country. No doubt, this fantasy has been conjured in my imagination from a scene in some movie. It may be fun to experience adventures with fellow travelers. But at least in the beginning, I will be embarking Read More …

Haunt Tour – Putting the “Gothic” in Gothic Nomad

While I am on the road during my North America Tour, I won’t be building any corpses or Necronomicons. I won’t have enough room to carry all of the necessary tools and supplies. Nor will I have time to work on any haunted houses or theatrical productions. In many ways, I will need to put my haunt career on hold while Read More …

Re-Entry Concerns

I predict that the first few weeks of the North American Tour will be the most difficult. Although there’s no way to predict what strange things might go wrong throughout the six months, I think the first several days and weeks – the adjustment period to long-term travel – will determine whether I complete the trip or not. Fortunately, I won’t have a Read More …

Serendipity and Travelling Without a Plan

The North American Tour is a unique opportunity for me to visit much of the United States and Canada in one fell swoop. It’s much cheaper and more efficient to plan one big trip as opposed to individual trips, back and forth from home to each individual location. Accordingly, I’d like to make the most of this trip and strike as many Read More …