Going to mix it up with the format this month…
What’s going on:
This month I celebrated Twenty-Something Travel’s one year Blogaversary! Things have come so far and changed so much. I celebrated this milestone with two blog posts:
Thank you everyone for your support!
I also did a couple of guest posts this month, all for my buddy Andy at Sharing Experiences. In total I’ve done three for his site of late:
Something else I’m involved in and rather excited about is the Meet Plan Go conference. This is a nationwide event designed to promote the benefits of career breaks. I’m speaking at the DC event, but there are also activities happening in New York, Seattle, Boston and many other places. I’ll be writing more on this later but tickets are going fast so you may want to check it out!
Trip Planning Update:
Things are coming along nicely-, which is good because I’m leaving in less than two months! I’m in the “spend money” stage of preparation: bought my netbook (an Asus EEE), my iPod touch, and all sorts of clothes and equipment. I’ve also got my Japanese rail pass voucher sitting on my desk.
Ironically, the more planning I do, the more I realize how impossible it’s going to be to make any permanent plans too far in advance. Wild cards keep wedging their way in. For example: it now appears I’ll be headed to China after my first stop of Japan! Exciting and good reminder that life is what happens when you’re making other plans.
In August I’ll be continuing to get all my ducks in a row to leave the country in September. Need to do some major things like organize a Chinese visa and quit my job (!). I’ve also got a couple of weekend trips planned to glamorous places like Ocean City, Maryland and New Jersey.
What’s on the Web:
Here are some of the coolest things out in the blogosphere this past month:
- When I was in TBEX I got to take a really great context tour. Luckily Caitlin from Roaming Tales did a fun write up: Behind the Scenes at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (I swear I wasn’t as sad as I look in that picture!).
- A little late here, but in honor of the Fourth of July Why Living Abroad Made Me a Better American from Drifting Focus.
- For anyone who wants to spend some time abroad but it worried about money, Earl of Wandering Earl has written an enlightening article on Living Abroad for Less than $1000 a Month.
- Along the same lines Jason and Aracely from Two Backpackers explain How We Paid For a Year of Travel.
- I know nobody thinks I’m am shy but my buddy Dave from Go Backpacking really hit home with Confessions of an Introverted Traveler.
- I had a dream the other night that I was traveling around with Audrey and Dan from Uncornered Market. Sigh. Here’s another one of their fantastic articles: What Do Nomads Call Home?
- Suzy Guese points out a skill that’s important for all solo traveling girls: Next stop…Bangladesh? Knowing The Sincere From The Sketchy As A Solo Female Traveler.
- Matt from LandLopers (who is incidentally my new DC Travel Happy Hour cohost) has a problem with the way gay and lesbian travelers are marketed to, and it sure sounds legit to me: No Respect for Gay/Lesbian Travelers.
- Not necessarily travel related, but a pretty great idea from Unclutterer: A Thing a Day Challenge.