Now

Although this blog used to directly chronicle my round the world travels, the stories are now most often presented non-linearly. This makes it hard to know where I am and what I’m working on right now!

This is the current state of things as of May 2017.

Location & Travel Plans

I am walking the Camino de Santiago! I am running a teen writing workshop in Spain this summer, it’s pretty epic. We are spending five weeks walking the Camino de Santiago de Compostela together, while learning the craft of storytelling. It’s been a dream of mine to walk the Camino, so it’s a journey in every sense of the word — we’ll be figuring it out together. I’ll be on the Camino from May 25th through early July — during this time I will not respond to emails (so please refrain from emailing unless it’s an emergency).

I will return to the U.S. by mid-July, at which point I will take a quick tour of friends, passing through NYC and likely Colorado. I may head to Central Asia for a work project. By late fall, I am considering moving back to Florida and getting a small apartment in Dunedin, one of my favorite beach towns in the state. Or I may head to Mexico. It’s hard to say at this point, but perhaps I will have some clarity after the Camino.

Projects and Passions

2016  marked the end of most of my client projects. I am on a long hiatus from marketing consulting. This past year was the first time I had taken a break from that line of work in 10 years. Saying no to the consulting work freed me to focus on my passion projects and launching new things that I’ve wanted to push out into the world for a few years now. Here’s a quick snapshot on those:

  • I did a 52 books in 2016 project. I’m a big reader but sometimes books are the first thing to fall away when I’m busy. You can follow my book journey here, where I shared what I read and what I learned from it. Although I read at least to 70 books, I didn’t make my goal because I wanted to read 52 non-fiction or critically acclaimed books. I hit close to 40 of those, and then 30+ of other fun reads. I’ll continue the goal throughout 2017, however, and continue updating that page.
  • Country guides. Every time I travel, I round-up my tips and resources, now they’re getting formally laid out and easy to browse. You guys asked for more of these, and they’re popular on the site, so I am expanding this section. The first dozen are up now, I’d be chuffed if you check them out.
  • Editing my 5,000+ backlog of photos from my travels so I can share those stories in the coming year.
  • Supporting my GV Ambassadors who are dedicating their time to my responsible travel website. This is a passion project that often falls through the cracks when I don’t say no to enough things.

Need to Get in Touch

Right now, I’m focusing all my of attention on these projects. If you’d like to connect on one of these things, read of my contact page or join me on social media:

This page is inspired by Derek and was last updated on May 23, 2017.

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