A Month Without a Cell Phone

I have never enjoyed speaking on telephones. I would blame my career as an attorney – all those years of constant interruption from clients and creditors – for my disdain of telephones, and surely that contributed to it. But the truth is, I didn’t even like talking on phones as a youth. Over the years, I’ve known a few friends Read More …

Hard Truths and a Reality Check About My Nomadic Identity

This past weekend, I was so excited. I hadn’t been to my campsite up at Nicolet National Forest since December. And it was two months before that when there wasn’t snow on the ground. I’ve been waiting seven months to do some camping! I monitored snow coverage maps for weeks, waiting impatiently for the snow to melt. Then I waited Read More …

Implications of the Forgotten States Road Trip On My Future

Road trips provide excellent opportunities for reflection, introspection, and self-discovery. For me, TransWorld and the Forgotten States Road Trip were no exception to this rule. The trip gave me plenty to think about in terms of my future plans – where and how I’ll live, and how I’ll earn a living. Unfortunately, I’m left feeling like I’m back at square Read More …

Road Trip Survival Guide – Cell Phones & Apps

This entry is a part of a series. Check out the rest of the Road Trip Survival Guide for more valuable information. Ditch the Phone? I would be a hypocrite if I told you to ditch your cell phone? It’s often the only electronic device I bring, and the multi-functionality of these Swiss Army devices makes them invaluable on road trips. But Read More …

Making (& Maintaining) Friends as a Nomad

It’s not always easy for nomads to make and maintain friendships. Physical proximity is – whether we like it or not – a major element of friendship. Proximity isn’t mandatory, but it is very helpful. Many people maintain legitimate long-distance friendships. But the prevalence of social media has also fooled many of us into thinking that long-distance friendships are easier Read More …

Two and a Half Months In

I wager this is a long overdue status update. I can’t believe I’ve avoided writing anything here for six weeks. Part of the explanation is an utter want for something worthwhile to say. But the days bleed from one to the next. Most days, I’ve no idea what day of the week it is. Not that it would matter. I Read More …

Coping with Competing Passions

I’m pleased to report that my head is in a slightly better place this week than it was last week. Last week, I was severely depressed – nearly suicidal, even – mostly because I was back in Green Bay and was unable to see a clear path back to the happiness I experienced on the road. This week, I’m still depressed, Read More …

Five Weeks That Ruined My Life

I look back on my North American Road Trip with great fondness. Over the course of five weeks, I gained experiences and memories that I will cherish for the rest of my life. I do not regret taking the trip. Nor do I regret quitting my job or selling my house. But in the thirty nine days that have passed Read More …

Home Sweet Home

When I finish my tour of North America at the end of this year, not only will I have to find a new job, but I’ll have to find a new home, as well. Although I believe finding a home will be relatively easier than finding a new job, the hunt will not be without obstacles. The Chicken and the Read More …

Voluntary Uncertainty and Growing Anxiety

As of today, only 28 days remain before I am officially retired. Three days later, I depart for my adventure across the continent. No longer can I think of this life-changing event as months away. Now I must think in terms of weeks and days. Not surprisingly (and predictably), the consequences of what I’m about to embark on weigh more Read More …