My plans to begin a nomadic lifestyle are coming together! The road trip begins in four months! September 30th I pack up Yar-Yar (my 2009 Toyota Yaris) and head to west Texas to do some hiking in Big Bend National Park. On October 15th I will arrive in Tucson Arizona, my home for 7 weeks.
I have been busy taking care of the things that need to be done before I leave Austin.
- I have rid my apartment of boxes and bags of stuff I no longer want or need.
- I bought a new laptop to replace nine-year old Norbert, my faithful Dell laptop.
- I have transitioned all but two of my clients to remote work.
- I have planned out the first two months of my road trip
I often take time to reflect on how lucky I am to have this opportunity. I am grateful for this beautiful life I am living. When I start to feel overwhelmed, or wonder if I am a bit crazy for planning a nomadic lifestyle at the age of 52, I pause and remind myself how lucky I am. This is an extraordinary adventure I am planning.
Two and half months have zoomed by since I last wrote about getting rid of stuff and my plans for an extended road trip in the USA and Canada. I have procrastinated with getting rid of all of my art and jewelry supplies. Although there has been some progress I know I need to get serious about listing stuff for sale. Four months until my road trip begins may seem like quite a lot of time. I know it will pass by too fast.
I take note of the things I do actually use each day. There are few things I really do need and use each day.
I notice that as my plans become more concrete I am able to let go of material possessions easier. Before I left for my trip to Barcelona and Costa Brava in April I was obsessed with getting rid of stuff. Each day I walked around my apartment looking for items to take to the Goodwill store. There are now several empty cupboards in my kitchen. I am down to just the essentials. Well, except for the Texas-shaped waffle maker. Some of my friends would argue that a Texas-shaped waffle maker is indeed essential.
I confess I that I am not taking this nomadic road trip on my own. I was going to leave without him but I have decided that Nigel is joining me on this trip. Who is this Nigel guy, you ask? He is short, dark, and handsome. He makes me perfect espresso every day. He never talks back to me. He never disagrees with anything I say or do. He is perfect for me! Yes, Nigel is my Nespresso coffee maker! I refuse to give him up.
I have invited friends over to let me know what kind of things they would like to take off my hands, so long as they keep their hands off of Nigel. One friend walked out with bags full of art supplies, pillow covers from India, and some art work. She also put dibs on my futon and some other furniture. I have tagged my office lamp, a handmade glass platter, and my DeskCycle Exercise Bike for another friend.
I just bought a new rain coat and some hiking shoes from REI but my clothing is down to 115 items. I know that is a lot but a bunch will be given away after the hot Texas summer. I should be down to around 50 items of clothing when I leave for my road trip. When I pack for any trip and bring only carry-on luggage I usually bring around 18 – 20 pieces of clothing including jackets. I think 50 will probably be too much but I can just give away more stuff while I am traveling. I am bringing a variety of jackets to accommodate cool and rainy weather – 6 jackets and 2 vests.
I am looking forward to this nomadic lifestyle experiment! Maybe I will love it and maybe I will hate but I have to give it a chance. If I didn’t try living nomadic I know I would regret it forever. I am looking forward to visiting west Texas again. Working while traveling will take a lot of discipline. I have printed out my Outlook calendar with my schedule marked down. I plan to work from Monday to Thursday and take three-day weekends to go exploring and write my blog. My Airbnb (sign up and use Airbnb to receive $20 travel credit) apartment in Tucson has a heated outdoor swimming pool and a view of the Catalinas Mountains!
Vamos Yar-Yar! And Nigel! Adventure awaits us!