While transitioning to my soon-to-be nomadic lifestyle, occasional moments of fear and doubt creep into my psyche. I shoo the negative thoughts away pronto! I don’t have time for doubts and fears. I have too many things to do before I leave for my year-long road trip adventure. My brain is skilled at creating what if scenarios before I embark on any big trip and this time is no exception. I choose to steer my brain into a positive direction and move on.
I replace any crazy negative what if thoughts with positive outcomes. I visualize something enjoyable like hiking at Big Bend National Park, watching sunsets in Arizona, taking long walks on the beaches in California, and visiting friends in-person that I have known online for many years.
The truth is there are plenty of unknowns in life. I make plans for my future and take steps to reach the goals I have set for my life. Some things work out as planned and others not so much. Hopes and dreams are what keep us moving along through life.
One of my mantras for many years has been every day in every way my lifestyle is improving. I have repeated this mantra during my morning yoga, and during my thrice weekly swims. The freedom to roam the country on a multi-month road trip while still maintaining my income is my idea of a big lifestyle improvement.
But what if I hate this lifestyle experiment and have to schlep my stuff back to Austin and tell everyone that it just didn’t work out like I had planned?
So what?!? I have to give it a try! Follow along with this blog and I’ll let you know how things turn out.
(Click here to find out how the first 6 months of nomadic life turned out for me)
Planning on going nomadic and switching to a location independent lifestyle I have to forget the fear and take a leap into the unknown.
My road trip plans are falling into place. I have booked my first 3 months of accommodation already with Airbnb – check it out and get your free $20 credit! I am booking apartments with great amenities like a heated swimming pool at my home for 7 weeks in Tucson Arizona – LOVE Airbnb!
I have created a spreadsheet to list all the places I want to visit during my road trip and I keep adding more as I learn more about the regions I will be visiting. I am getting so excited! Each solo trip that I take involves some planning and I am enjoying the planning process for this giant road trip adventure.
I took my first solo road trip in December 2010 when I visited the west Texas towns Marathon, Marfa, Fort Davis, and Big Bend National Park. I left on Christmas day and returned on New Year’s Eve. I loved the experience of exploring west Texas on my own! It will be fun to revisit the places I saw in 2010 to see what has changed, or remained the same.
Here is my road trip plan leaving from Austin on September 30th 2015 to the west coast USA and on to Canada for summer 2016.
September 30 to mid-October – Texas and New Mexico
Balmorhea State Park – to swim in San Solomon Spring pool!
Big Bend National Park
McDonald Observatory – I see a star party in my future
Las Cruces New Mexico
White Sands National Monument
Mid-October through November – Tucson Arizona
Suguaro National Park
Sonoran Desert National Monument
Santa Catalina Mountains
Tubac – an artsy town near Tucson
December – Palm Springs California
January and February – California
Pacific Coast Highway – I’ve dreamed about this for many years!
San Francisco – meet some of my online friends in person!
Point Reyes National Seashore
Sequoia National Park
Kings Canyon National Park
Samuel P Taylor State Park
Redwood National Park
Avenue of the Giants
Lassen National Forrest
March – Portland Oregon
April – Washington
Port Townsend – meet my artist friend Ruth – in person finally!
San Juan Islands
May – British Colombia
Vernon – visit my nephew + family
June and July – Alberta
Banff National Park – it’s been 20 years since I visited!
Jasper National Park – never visited in all my years in Calgary!
Waterton Lakes National Park – last visit was in early ’80s
Calgary – my home town – visit family and friends
August and September – Ontario and Quebec
Toronto Ontario – visit my brother
Montreal Quebec – visit family
October – back to Austin Texas….or someplace else???
I want to avoid hot summers and cold winters during this road trip. I plan to drive south sometime in October and be back in Texas by November. I need to do a lot more research about the east coast region of the USA in order to plan the drive back down south to escape cold winter weather. I am already imagining an alternate plan where I drive south from Calgary instead of traveling east to Toronto and Montreal. I will have to decide next summer!
I would love to get suggestions from anyone who has visited/lived in the places I plan to visit.
What are your suggestions and tips for my road trip? I’m particularly looking for tips for the drive from Calgary to Toronto and from Montreal back to Austin TX, thank you much!
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