A couple years ago I started giving new attention to my long-term goals and hopes. I started making a list—as you do, when you want to bring your ideas out of the ether into the real world. And I realized most of what I was writing down were places I wanted to go and people I wanted to see again. I also realized that I had no unbreakable ties (children, mortgage, dream job, etc.), which won't always be the case, and a decent amount saved, so this could be my once-in-a-lifetime chance to actually do some serious traveling.
About two years later I quit my architecture job, stored my last couple boxes of belongings in a friend's basement, and stuffed the rest into a backpack. There's a lot of unknown ahead, but my outline takes me around the world in 20 months. Here goes nothing!
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