The Walkabout

Thoughts from October, 2005

Have you ever dreamed of quitting your job, selling/donating your belongings, and traveling abroad for a few years? Well, starting in December that's exactly what I'm going to do. I'm going walkabout.

The term walkabout comes from the Australian Aboriginal. The idea is that a person can get so caught up in one's work, obligations and duties that the truly important parts of one's self become lost. From there it is a downward spiral as one gets farther and farther from the true self. A crisis situation usually develops that awakens the wayward to the absent true self. It is at this time that one must go on walkabout. All possessions are left behind (except for essential items) and one starts walking. Metaphorically speaking, the journey goes on until you meet yourself. Once you find yourself, you sit down and have a long talk about what one has learned, felt and done in each other's absence. One talks until there is nothing left to say -- the truly important things cannot be said. If one is lucky, after everything has been said and unsaid, one looks up and sees only one person instead of the previous two.
- Seán Connolly, gonewalkabout.com

Having reached certain milestones this fall (the three year mark with a good company and picking up my MBA to list just two of them), I've decided to rid myself of nearly all of my belongings, shut down my life in Phoenix, and backpack across the continents of our globe for an indeterminate number of years (four, five—maybe more)!

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The week following Thanksgiving will find me packing and briefly relocating to Portland, Oregon, to say goodbye to friends and the immediate family that live there. A few short days afterward, on December 12th, I'll catch a flight to begin my journey in Puerto Rico. I hope to make my way to Salvador, Brazil, in time for Carnival at the end of February!

I don't have an itinerary to follow or flights to catch; I will simply be moving where curiosity and the currents of life take me. That being said, however, I would generally expect to be in South America for 2006–07; the Mediterranean and Europe in 2007–08; and Russia, Asia, SE Asia, Australia, and New Zealand in the years to follow.

Thoughts from December, 2006

One Year Abroad

Thoughts from December, 2007

Two Years of Travel

Thoughts from December, 2008

Three Years of Travel

Thoughts from December, 2009

...coming as soon as my son lets me type them up.

Thoughts from December, 2010

...coming as soon as my son lets me type them up.