The downside of traveling the world full time?

Someone messaged me recently and asked if I was happy.

This is how I replied:

It depends on the day. Some days I’m happier than others. I have a lot of freedom and time to work on this, which I’m grateful for. But I often lack ways to connect with the people around me, considering how I don’t speak the language or because of cultural differences.

And it's true. The amount of freedom is great. But is it too much? That's what's been going through my mind lately.

Of course, it would be helpful if I had things to do offline.

But alas, I don't. I could join some Meetup groups and connect with other travelers, but that tends to not work out. I don't always get along with the typical traveling types. They're often just on vacation or holiday... and want to do touristy things or stay out all night getting wasted.

Not my thing.

There's also dating, but that has its own set of issues. On average I go on 3 dates a week. Usually from apps like Tinder or OkCupid. They go well, but not amazingly well. At this point in my life, I don't want to settle for something decent — I want someone who enhances my life.

So what're my options?

  • Continue traveling
  • Find somewhere to stay long term

As of now, traveling is the better option. 

BUT — here's an idea I've been playing with: what if I were to do a statewide road trip for an entire year, figuring out where in the US I'd like to call home? To keep me company, I'd get a dog.

I think it sounds like a good idea... and a great way to spend 2019 after 2 years of traveling internationally.