Turning a New Page

March 1, 2013

Where I'm Going

Five months ago, I left the United States to embark on an indefinite trip around the world. I sold all my possessions and left my job and friends behind to pursue a new life on the road.

Hrisey Island

Iceland was the first step on my long-term trip around the world.

By late December, I had visited Iceland, Scotland, Ireland, England, and Spain. At that point, I was at a crossroads. I no longer felt passionate about my original plans to spend the next two months exploring mainland Europe on a Eurail pass. Instead, I decided to head to the Middle East for the third time in my life. I wrote a post entitled “The Reality of Travel is Things Change.” I discussed how change is an inevitable part of travel and that following your heart wherever it takes you can be exciting and rewarding. I couldn’t have known how relevant my words were going to be in my life in the days following that post.

The truth is, just days after writing about my change of schedule, my plans (yet again) took an unexpected turn.

I knew at the time that I was exceeding my budget. However, the reality of just how much money I had left hit me when I sat down to thoroughly review my finances. I knew that if I didn’t find a steady source of income soon, I was heading towards being…well, broke. Though I’ve done some pretty crazy things during my travels, I don’t think I wanted to add sleeping under bridges to the list.

In addition to the state of my finances, there was something else. I had been fighting off a creeping sense of “travel blues” for a while. Though I know myself as a (nearly) fearless and independent international traveler, I detected a sense of loneliness and emptiness on the edge of my consciousness.

So I made another big and very difficult decision. Instead of spending the next few months traveling through the Middle East, I would only visit Dubai for several weeks. Then I would take a flight back to the United States. It would be a chance to regroup and think about my next move.

I could never have predicted what would happen next. Several weeks after visiting Dubai and returning to the US, something happened that I never thought would happen, at least not so fast: I landed a new full-time job. The next two weeks passed by in a whirlwind: searching for an apartment, a new car….

A traveler is, and always will be, who I am. Life has its unexpected twists, just like the open road. I plan on following that road with an open heart and mind. Maybe someday I will become that permanent nomad that I’ve dreamed of. But for the upcoming year, I’ll be busy figuring out how to maximize my 22 days of paid vacation time!

Embrace life's changes full-heartedly!

Embrace life’s changes full-heartedly!

Due to this new turn of events, you can expect to see this website and blog to turn over a new page in the coming months. Not only will I be writing about upcoming trips, but I will be exploring, in depth, my new digs in southern California. I will also keep bringing you interesting language advice and tidbits (such as Wednesday Word of the Week), possibly pilot an interview series with travelers doing good deeds around the world, and continue gathering the best travel information from the Middle East and around the world.

Travel and life are like a roller coaster, with plenty of dips and turns. I hope you will join me for the ride!


About Hannah

As a self-professed travel junkie, I have found that the only remedy to my addiction is travel itself. I am in the stages of launching an indefinite journey around the world with no goal other than to explore this small planet called Earth.

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11 Responses to “Turning a New Page”

  1. Peggy (one of your mom's friends) Says:

    It’s good to hear from you again. 🙂


  2. amber Says:

    I admire you for having the fortitude to face life’s discoveries and unfolding changes with openness. It’s so easy to continue down a path just because we started it, and much harder to just let things happen with relative disregard for what is in the past (especially the recent past).

    I’m excited to see where the changes take you, and the blog!


    • Hannah Says:

      Thanks, Amber. Sometimes it is hard to be open and adaptive when you’re facing a big change, especially one that you didn’t really plan for. It’s something I think most people struggle with, and I’m no exception! However, no matter how cliche this sounds, change is a good thing. It always makes a person reevaluate themselves and look at things in a different light.

      I’m glad to have you following along 🙂


  3. Brendon @ Nerd Travels Says:

    Hey Hannah :),

    Your right things do change on the road. I myself set out to travel for 8 months and by 4.5 I was out of money and ended up back in Australia (A place I had not intention on returning to before my trip started).

    things change and that’s the beauty of travel. I think that’s the best way to live your life, Make plans but accept that those plans can change and just follow your heart and do what makes you happy 🙂

    Hope things are working out well for you back in the USA


  4. Alaa from Cairo Says:

    You travel throughout your life . You have fun and adventures and see people from all walks of life . you will end up feeling bored sooner or later . No one will remember you after you kick the bucket .
    There were a millions of people had passed away and no one remember them . because they didn’t add a thing to the humanity . people didn’t benefit a thing from them .
    God created you not for traveling like that without a goal .
    wake up and get a life .


  5. alaa Says:

    I wonder, why you didn’t remove my comments as you used to ?


  6. Peggy (one of your mom's friends) Says:

    Hannah, I’ve been wondering what you’ve been up to lately, and I’ve been meaning to email you mother to find out. 🙂

    As for Alaa … well, perhaps your god doesn’t approve of Hannah’s traveling, and perhaps you think Hannah is asleep and doesn’t have a life, but perhaps you shouldn’t be judging. Perhaps Hannah hasn’t removed your rather negative comment because she’s busy living her life.


  7. Dustin@WeGoRTW Says:

    The road is a wonderful place but pit stops are needed from time to time. So back to Austin?


  8. thelugage Says:

    This is precisely why I’ve refused to make any real travel plans in the past. MONEY. But, I’m fortunate to be able to see a light at the end of the tunnel now that my online business has completely taken off. when I do break out my suitcase it’ll feel REALLY good to know that not only do i need no one’s permission to leave the country but I’ll still be making money even as i enjoy myself.


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