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Home: The Death of a Nomad

When I decided to move to New York City, I had this vision of what would happen: I would move to NYC, settle down into my own amazing apartment, decorate it with lots of cool stuff, join a gym, take cooking classes, and, in between all that, take numerous trips to JFK airport and jet set around the world. I’d come back, stay for a few weeks, and do it all over again.

I’d be able to balance my twin desires – settling down and my love of travel.

I was naive.

Since moving here in January, I never managed to spend more than a couple weeks in New York City before having to leave again. When I moved into my own apartment in July, I left the next day. I came back for a week before leaving again for two months.

I never got to settle down.

I never took those cooking classes.

I never joined that gym.

My apartment is still bare with curtainless windows, books longing for a bookcase, and walls longing for art and paintings.

The famed — and much desired — end to my travels never really materialized as I’ve spent much of the last year on the road.

“I thought you were slowing down,” people would say to me.

“I’m trying. I’m trying,” I’d reply.

No matter how hard I tried, slowing down never seemed to happen.

There were many false starts.

But last month while in Europe, I began to feel really homesick. I was tired of traveling and just wanted to be home in my comfy bed.

I realized I was tired of delaying my roots.

Roots, after all, can only take hold if they are in the ground. I’ve been trying to develop habits and routines without giving my roots time to grow. I keep uprooting them, and then trying to replant them in hopes they would grow.

But it doesn’t work that way.

You need to till the earth, plant the seed, and let the roots take hold.

You can’t uproot them.

It’s time I give my roots a chance.

I’m tired of saying “Ok, I’ll do it next time.” Each time I’m about to hit my stride in New York City, it’s time to get on a plane again.

Except this time.

I’m not traveling until the end of December when I go to the Philippines.

There’s a lot to do in NYC and it’s finally time to do it.

I’ve purposely filled my schedule with things that will keep me in the city. This week I joined a gym, got a trainer, and paid for a desk at a co-working space.

I’m having friends visit.

I’m here.

I’m home.

It’s time to grow some roots.

Nothing will stop me now.

3 Dream Careers For People Who Love to Travel

It’s not very often you find yourself meeting a person who doesn’t like to travel. A person might not enjoy some of the things associated with traveling like sitting in cramped quarters on an airplane for hours at a time, or eating airport food that is overpriced and subpar, but when you start talking about the stunning sights and mouth watering food that traveling affords people, most are quick to jump on the train and rave about how much they desire to get out and see the world.

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Gifting Yourself the Best Odds of Winning

I’d really like to believe that although I’ve now been to more places in the world than most people will ever be, I’m only just getting started with my global travels. It’s a lot of fun and can be very frustrating at times, but meeting other like-minded travellers only serves to add fuel to the fire. Topics which popularly come up are those concerning where one is coming from and where you’re going after departing your current destination, as well as what you do for money since travelling isn’t cheap. Interestingly enough, there are a lot more digital workers who are actually earning money as so-called digital nomads and they engage in all manner of ways through which to earn the cash, not least of which is simply freelancing and delivering the completed work digitally. Continue reading Gifting Yourself the Best Odds of Winning

Picking Your Preferences on Powder: Snowboarding Vs. Skiing

As the holidays approach, one of the most heated dinner conversations has nothing to do with politics or religion. It doesn’t even necessarily hint at who will win the Stanley Cup. Oh, no. As many Canadian households know, the dreaded conversations often surround which is better: skiing or snowboarding. There is always someone on either side of the debate, and if you’re lucky enough not to have cranberries in your hair at the end of the discussion, pat yourself on the back. But still, inquiring minds want to know: how do they compare and which sport is best?

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