This is the year.
In 2013, I will quit my job, end my lease, drive all of my worldly possessions across the country for storage at my parents’ house, and travel the world.
My tentative plan is to start in late August, fly to Spain where I will walk the Camino de Santiago, explore Europe for the next few months (Italy, Holland, and Germany are definitely on the short-list… with about 15 other countries vying for the rest of my time and attention), and be settled for a long stay in India by Christmastime. For early 2014, I hope to be avoiding cold weather by heading back to Southeast Asia (shacking up in Indonesia, Thailand, and Vietnam… at the very least), before hightailing it back to the States by July to figure out the rest of my life in time to start paying my health insurance bill again (thanks, Obama!).
I’m planning to buck the system by doing it the leisurely way–hopefully spending a month or so in each country I visit. I’m not really looking to work while I’m gone, but I’m sure there will be many, many children that I instantly fall in love with… and hopefully their parents will trust in my Texas Education Agency teaching certification and let me hang out with them for a while.
Of course, I’m sure my plans will change as I begin hitting you all up for advice, recommendations, and friends of friends (of friends… I have no shame).
But it starts now.