July Update and Links

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.

What’s Next:

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:

  • 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?

20 Responses to July Update and Links

  1. aelle July 29, 2010 at 8:12 AM #

    Japan and China first? SURELY you will swing by Seoul too, to complete the East Asia trio? I have a guest room, and I’m not afraid to use it!

    It’s great to see your plans taking shape! I’m getting excited for you.

    • Steph August 2, 2010 at 3:47 PM #

      Korea isn’t in the cards this time around I’m afraid! But then again, who knows!

  2. Michael Tyson July 29, 2010 at 9:38 AM #

    This sounds very familiar: “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”. Our plans have a tendency to change without notice and beyond all recognition within about a fortnight of making them. It never ceases to amaze and delight me 🙂

    • Steph August 2, 2010 at 3:47 PM #

      I love how I haven’t even left yet and I’m already learning important life lessons 🙂

  3. Nathan July 29, 2010 at 10:05 AM #

    Great links and info Steph! – sounds like you really have had a busy month – September will be here VERY soon! 😀

    • Steph August 2, 2010 at 3:48 PM #

      can’t come soon enough!

  4. Michael July 29, 2010 at 10:59 AM #


    • Steph August 2, 2010 at 3:48 PM #

      Yeah, know anyone there?

  5. Jupiter Lily July 29, 2010 at 12:46 PM #

    Congrats on turning 1! It’s such an accomplishment in the blogging world 😉

    • Steph August 2, 2010 at 3:48 PM #

      Thank you!

  6. Audrey July 30, 2010 at 12:47 AM #

    I’m laughing that we made it into your dreams! Hope it was one of those good travel experiences dream and not getting stuck at the Kazakh border type dream. Thanks for including the link to our “where is home” piece!

    And, congratulations to your blog for turning 1! It’s just the beginning.

    • Steph August 2, 2010 at 3:50 PM #

      You guys are definitely fun to travel with- at least in MY subconscious!

  7. Earl July 30, 2010 at 2:44 AM #

    Thanks so much for sharing the link to my post.

    And I hope you enjoy the rest of your ‘spend money’ stage. Just be careful and make sure there is a little money left over afterward for your actual trip!

    • Steph August 2, 2010 at 3:55 PM #

      Thanks! Definitely trying to spend within reason…

  8. Adam July 30, 2010 at 9:24 AM #

    Is everyone going to Japan? I’ve been seriously considering going there on my trip. Originally I’d left off China & Japan but serious revisions are bound to happen.

    • Steph August 2, 2010 at 3:56 PM #

      Yeah man, Japan is where the party is!

  9. Kirsty July 31, 2010 at 8:18 AM #

    Congrats on your one year anniversary! It seems like you’ve been around a lot longer than that. You’ve accomplished a lot in a short amount of time.

    Thanks for the links… lots to go check out!

    • Steph August 2, 2010 at 4:00 PM #

      Thanks Kirsty, that’s high praise!

  10. Jaime August 5, 2010 at 11:35 PM #

    Congrats on your 1 year. I truly love your blog it has inspired me to really go out there and attain my dream! Thanks for some great content!!! Oh & I am jealous you may meet up with @twobackpackers on Saturday (read twitter feed).

    • Steph August 6, 2010 at 11:53 AM #

      thanks Jaime! I’m glad I was able to inspire you! I’m excited to meet @twobackpackers myself!

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