Clearly, I’m crazy. At least this is what I’m sure many of my travel blogger friends are thinking about me being in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada this time of year. No mountains, no tropical beaches … what the hell is he thinking?
After 14 months in Latin America (posts on this will be coming to this blog in due time … no seriously, I promise it’s coming!), I’ve reached a point where various aspects of my life have converged all at once, leading me to put a halt to my travels for the time being.
I was fresh out of inspiration
They say that too much of a good thing becomes its opposite. Travel is no different.
After spending more than a year on the road through Latin America (while trying to run a business no less), I was mentally exhausted, and even the thought of going to Thailand wasn’t enough to rouse my spirits.
As wondrous as the world is, I need stationary time in my home country of Canada after being on the road for an extended period.
My 14 month adventure was the longest stretch I’ve ever had away from back bacon, maple syrup and a good ol’ fashioned game of hockey, and by the time I landed at Pearson International Airport at the end of October, I was virtually kissing the ground when I got there.
Not because Buenos Aires (I’ll miss the Choripan) or Mexico City (I’ll miss the tacos el pastor) sucked … far from it.
It’s because I love my country so damn much. After filling up on the aspects that I love about this nation for several months (yes, this even includes Tim Horton’s … love cina raisin bagels!), I’ll eventually read an inspirational travel quotes post or stumble across some pictures of Southeast Asia, and then I’ll be planning my next trip.
I want stronger relationships in my life
It’s true … if you travel perpetually, your relationships, from significant others to family and friends, will suffer.
Over the past five years, I was more than happy to run amok across the world in search of adventure and life fulfillment.
And make no mistake, I’m still all about that as a core life value. However, being in my mid-thirties, I’m now in my prime, which means its the best time to try and find someone special to join me on this wild ride we call life.
The road isn’t the best place to find these bonds, despite what you might think, as everyone you meet is constantly on the way to somewhere else.
My prospects are further thinned by the fact that my dating pool is way shallower than those of others due to the fact that I like dudes instead of gals.
As such, I’m experimenting with trying to find someone in a stable environment that is as inspired and enthusiastic about travel as I am.
This might mean that I might be going on shorter trips in the future (a couple months at the most) in order to make myself more viable to those looking for a long term relationship, but I won’t be restricting myself to two weeks per year either.
As for friends and family, I’ve reconnected with my parents and siblings, met up with pals that I haven’t seen in many years, and plan to link up with even more in the coming months.
Being a digital nomad gives you more than the gift of travel. It also gives you the flexibility to spend time with old friends that mean the world to you, as your inability to meet in the past due to the restrictions of your past career are no longer holding you back.
photo via 401kcalculator.org
The time had come to structure my business & get my financial house in order
When I got into the freelance content creation business, I burst forth onto the scene hustling like a madman, trying to write the best copy I could muster.
My hard work paid off, and won me referrals that allowed me to build the client base that has permitted me the ability to support myself today.
Unfortunately, there are structural aspects to business that simply cannot be ignored, and one of those things are taxes.
I needed to get back to Canada so I could:
(a) pay off back taxes that have accumulated over the past couple of years.
(b) coordinate with smart people locally that could help me build a process that will allow me to deal with my future obligations to Revenue Canada in a much smoother fashion.
(c) begin to pay down other bills that I have been treading water on for a while.
Being here, I can deal with these issues more effectively than being on a tropical island off the coast of Cambodia, so by the time I get the inspiration to take off for a dream destination halfway around the world again, I will be on a stronger financial foundation when that happens.
So, I’m back! Did you miss me? Ask me anything in the comments below!