Why go anywhere if you've you've run out of motivation? Why grow old alone? In a very short period of time your savings will allow you MANY other choices than the empty drifting if not already. Settle into a homebase in one of your favorite places on earth with a loving companion for awhile at least until you heal that strained muscle. Meditate on other possible "missions" and "dreams" you may have had in some long almost forgotten period of your life. OR if increasing the numbers of countries you've been to really does matter to you then why not make a goal of breaking the 100 country mark since you have only 15 more to go?
Go to space Andy.....the final frontier....Actually, I met a bunch of astronauts last night and they were super cool and I was super psyched (one was a very attractive blonde also! imagine, you and miss astronaut in zero gravity trapped in a space ship.....)
So, Mira, write about this already. 8^)
You don't write much lately, but a few of your older readers miss your viewpoint on the world.
AsiaBil, you said,
"Why go anywhere if you've you've run out of motivation? Why grow old alone?"
It is difficult for me to make a choice between Denmark and Sweden, but for readers they may have a priority, so this is my gift to someone. I can allow them to see, read, and experience a country they will never be able to visit.
Bill, travel is an addiction, moving is the addiction, to consider stopping is outside my realm of thinking and you speak as a tourist, not a traveler. I cannot expect a person who is not addicted to understand.
I have about 150 plus more countries to choose from, I am willing to allow readers to make the first true Nomad that goes from country to country.
I am not alone, I am with my friends, I talk daily over skype.com with my friends. I am not married, even if I returned to Indiana, I would not see my friends, they are all married and have no time. I was more lonely at home than away from home.
I will get married when I find the right person to marry,
Why do I need to say that comment?
I would hope somewhere over the rainbow, a class of students is reading this, the teacher says, this is a real opportunity for us. We can start voting and we can send him to the country we choose, and they all go vote and rig this in their favor.
My Mother once told me
"France is my dream country?"
My mother never went to France, but I know she traveled vicariously with me, this is the offer I make.
Mira, I do not care if you travel, I want to read about what you care about, you are a very good writer, I can feel the rumblings in your head, spit it out. Stop letting humility get in the way of a good story, spit it out.
Is Pitcairn Island on your list ? That would probable blow the budget,but they do have a new jail that is empty. I am sure you could get a room cheap sort of like Otis on the old Andy Griffith show. Just lock up when you leave.
Can you believe the UK and New Zealand spent a million to build/ship a prison that the prisons BUILT !
and more millions of dollars to watch them all on a Island of 50 odd people.
where would they go if they did escape ?
Fletcher Wow Jr
I think an interesting place for Andy to visit is somewhere where he could put to test connectivity and blogging. Say Papua New Guinee. There is no electricity and no Wifi in the jungle and few bloggers have reported from there. Could Andy do it on a daily basis? Can he upload videos of tribal life? Is there any possibility for a decent citizen to blog from there with a reasonable cost (your global 69$ global connection, your solar panels or smth like that)?
I think we should send Andy to a country where he'll have a bit of technological challenge, see what kind of tecchie tricks he can find/improvise. I enjoyed very much his posts about Kenian and Philippines internet, for instance. Maybe other readers have other technological curiosities - me I'll vote for a country where he'll be online with solar panels and global internet. How is like to live like that for a month for example? I know he could do it in any country, but it's more exciting if there is no other choice.
As best I can tell, Papua New Guinea is covered by the Verizon Data Plan for my BlackBerry.
I tried one time to purchase a Satellite Connection, and do know how to rent one, this game becomes very expensive. I think I can go off the electrical grid, but to truly leave the West behind as the Beatles said, I need Satellite Access.
All is possible, just money.
Uhh..yeah..getting married is possibly the worst thing Andy could do, just to do something different.
Man, I just cant see an upside to it unless one is deeply, deeply in love. It can be more like a prison than a relationship if not. And if a man realizes this, than his freedom is the most precious possession in the world.
Additionally, what good are all the trappings of static life in society if you aren't going to have a wife and raise kids? That would be boring and miserable for most, and it is for many, especially once past your twenties. Go to work, come home, pay bills, buy things, eat, shit, sleep, see your friends when they aren't busy with family, and repeat. The only true advantage is seeing your parents and siblings. But they generally wouldn't want you to mold your life around them. So, as long as Andy is happy and appreciative of his situation, which it sounds like he is, than it would be foolish to change it.
Most people justify the steady job for the pension that will provide an income in the very old last 10-20 retirement years of life. However, those pensions largely dont exist anymore. And if you have cash flow systems set up, then they will substitute for the pension. Also, living your present life only for those last years of survival is ridiculous.
The feeling of MOTION in my life is what TURNS ME ON and it's NOT limited to traveling. Need I remind you that I'd already been to over 30 states and 30 countries before you gave up drinking in your late 20s. In my mid 20s after being in Asia for 2+ years I KNEW I wanted nothing to do with aimless wandering as it does NOT give me the HIGH I get when I travel to places and regions I'd dreamed about going since I was a school kid. I'll be taking off again for 4 to 6 months after Chinese New Years 2010 in late January / early Feb. The northern part of Vietnam will be my first stop on the way to Burma where I've always wanted to go and haven't made it yet. Then either Western Nepal via Kathmandu and Muktinat, Mustang over to Ladakh and Leh then I will need to decide turning south along the western coast of India or north the southern Silk Road via northern Pakistan( depending on the situation ). But since you have requested votes I vote Brazilian beaches with lots of "eye candy" scenery where average people are in good shape like yourself and you can kick back and give your back a long rest.
What a wonderful idea to have people vote on your next destination. It is always so difficult to decide - I want to go EVERYWHERE! I am enjoying reading through your older entries (I found your blog through that old Forbes piece with the top 10 travel blogs), and look forward to reading about your future adventures.
I am off to Bhutan on Sunday, and I think blogging will be a challenge on this trip. We are not taking laptops on this trip, and getting my husband to stop in an internet cafe is like pulling teeth. Hopefully, I can throw at least a couple posts onto my travel blog (http://kara-bay.com). It looks like I will be mostly confined to writing in my journal, then transcribing it when I get home in two weeks.