Announcing My Long Term Travel Plans

It’s not a fantasy, I realize – the big dream is actually beginning!

sab·bat·i·cal /səˈbatikəl/
Noun:
any extended period of leave from one’s customary work, especially for rest, to acquire new skills or training, etc.

I am writing this because it is not possible to tell EVERYONE that I know in an intimate setting about my travel plans. That is, I’m embarking on a Round-the-World trip starting in October of this year. I’ve just recently told my workplace, so now I feel ok to publicly announce it.

Who: Just me. I’m going solo by choice!
What: “Round-the-world” trip aka sabbatical aka career break
When: October 2012 – October 2013 — 12 months is the GOAL.
Where: There is no set itinerary. See below.
Why: I have a list of reasons that are motivating me. Some of the reasons are “why not?”, “now is the perfect time”, “I don’t have roots (kids, house, etc)”
How: To make a long story short, I’ve been casually thinking of this endeavor for 2+ years. In January 2012, I finally decided that this is the year and made it happen. Then I picked October as a starting date since it seems to be a culmination of a few things, mainly the lease on my apartment is up. Setting a date like that gave me a goal and the rest fell into place.

Everyone always asks me what my plan/itinerary is… That’s the fun part, there is no plan! There is a framework .., roughly: Amsterdam, Prague, …, Turkey, a stint in Dubai(?), (Singapore?) SE Asia (Thailand seems neat), Japan (want to see my cousin that lives there), South America, USA. However, when looking at that framework, once you get past Prague, it is too far out to even think about!

I really look forward to any invitations out there, especially couches and/or tour guides! :) Future posts will be about planning, execution, experiences, and otherwise. More to come later, watch this space…

If you don’t take your own dreams seriously, who will?

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17 Comments.

  1. Katie Harrison, Tony Olexa and now you….Enjoy,I am so excited for you. My grands are the most exciting people I have met. Love you…Keep your dream.
    GK

  2. Enjoy every minute of it. I suffer from Hypertravelosis ! I’ve traveled some in Europe, Italy, Vietnam and just returned from 4 months in South and Central America. It’s a wonderful experience to get out and see the world. Make the most of it.

  3. Jeremy, you are an inspiration for me and Josh. Can’t wait to read about your endeavors. You conquer every goal that you set for yourself and still remain a very humble person. I admire your adventurous spirit and will miss you when you leave-hell, I haven’t seen you for two months now! You best spend some time with Josh and I before you leave please!

  4. I’d recommend taking in a bit of the least of the world, personally. Serving those in true poverty (in contrast to “American poverty”) can be a very grounding and uplifting experience at the same time. The slums of Nairobi Kenya proved as such for me. You’ll be missed at work, for sure. Keep in touch.

  5. Yes! Yes! 1,000 times yes! You are my hero, guru, mentor, and pal! Thanks for coming to your travel Meetup last month…though you hardly need our inspiration! Going solo–way cool. RTW–the best. Congrats for having the courage to do this, as you say, before kids + house + destiny paint you in (nice, but at times crowded!) corners. Godspeed and stay in touch!

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  7. good luck and don’t think only at having fun

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  9. You are an amazing person!! I wish you the safest travels and send all our love and support!! Cant wait to hear all your stories;)

  10. Have fun, Jeremy! Don’t settle for the tourist shit in each town. Try to find the local shit and truly learn and experience each place you go.

    Let me know if you’re somewhere or going somewhere without a contact. I’ll rack my brain to see if I know anyone in my bigway circle that’s close.

    And of course, BE SAFE!

    Blue Skies,
    Lynn Oh

    PS. You’re never going to catch my jump numbers now!

    • Thanks Lynn, sorry we didn’t get together again before I left. Very busy. I’m trying to find local stuff, definitely. The skydiving community is great, I’ll be back to it. I ended up keeping my rig anyway, couldn’t sell it :) also, I can’t keep up to your jump numbers even in the states, ha.

  11. Hi Jeremy,
    I hope things are going well for you. Stay safe and have a great time!!!
    Ken Kidder

  12. Cindy Gustafson

    So excited for you. I hope all is going well. Sorry, kept meaning to get onto your blog, finally remembered after seeing your Grandma & Grandpa on New Years Day.

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