The First Year


I notice a few consistencies with all full-time travelers.

1. Everyone says “we’ll do this for a year.” Anyone who makes that year tends to keep going.

2. In the first year, most folks rush through the nation. A weekend here and a day there, ever onward to see the next sight. After some time, we all slow down.

I think it’s great to take that breaking-in period, see a ton, get around, be able to say “I’ve been there.” But as oxymoronic as it seems, the best travel is achieved by staying in one place for a longer time. Maybe that’s two weeks or maybe it’s four months, but you will never truly see a place in a handful of days’ time.

It’s once the coffee shop girls know you by name and are sad to hear you’re moving on that you know you’ve done it right.