I think I want to pull up stakes and wander around the world for a while. Mefites, advise me, please! (snowflake details follow)
I already travel a lot, often a weekend here and there, sometimes multiple weekends in a row, and sometimes (more often recently) on longer, multi-destination trips. This puts me away from home quite a bit, to the point that sometimes home feels like a very expensive, nicely appointed storage unit. With a bed and shower inside. So I've been thinking that I want to actually change that to an actual storage unit, one that's not so expensive.
Right now I'm in a good situation. I have an excellent job that pays well, is great about remote work, gives me a very flexible schedule, is engaging and personally rewarding, and encourages
travel. I have a sizable personal network with friends and acquaintances in many locations who are happy to put me up, at least for a while, and that's likely to grow even larger. And as I said, I have some travel experience. I also have friends and coworkers in similar situations (at least as far as travel goes) whom I can go to for advice.
I also don't have that much stuff. I'm living in a furnished apartment right now, with the bulk of my possessions in the form of books and clothes. When I moved here ("here" being Philadelphia), I put everything in a 10' U-Haul truck that ended up being somewhere between one-third and -half full. I'm actively working on paring down some of those possessions even further, which is what my last question
was about. (If you have anything specific to say for that topic, please leave an answer there.) But I'm not planning to minimize to the point that all my possessions fit in a single bag I carry around with me, so I'm trying to figure out where I want my "home base". I'm likely to get a storage unit no matter what, but do I also want a place of my own? Do I want to share a house with others? Do I want a room/bed/shower/closet that's mine?
If my "home base" is simply a storage unit, what do I do about a permanent address? I imagine this is necessary for establishing residency, since even if I truly wanted a fully nomadic lifestyle, various government entities and financial institutions would probably like to know where I actually live. What about physical mail, like letters and packages? Is Earth Class Mail
the way to go?
What about luggage? Thanks to One Bag
, I have a Red Oxx Air Boss
that served me well for a while. I then moved to a garment-style bag
, which lets me pack more, even overpack. I've since moved to checking my bag, and it's been quite pleasant in most respects except for the additional cost and the delayed arrival on a recent trip. Both of these bags are nice enough for travel, but they're not so good for living out of. The extended, multi-destination trips can be a pain, especially if I don't have a place to hang up my clothes while I'm not transporting them. I may need to learn to pack differently, or dress differently, or do something to make the travel life easier.
Also, my travel has all been within the US so far. I'm really looking forward to international travel, but I have no personal experience there. Again, I can talk with friends and coworkers, but what can you tell me? To continue working, I'd need
internet availability, and cell phone coverage (data, text, voice) would be very
helpful. My phone is Android, a direct-from-Google Galaxy Nexus. My computer is a MacBook Pro.
I'm planning on doing this sooner rather than later. Actually, to drive home the I-travel-a-lot-and-need-to-get-out-of-here point, let me say I'm going to be out of town in various places from the 8th of August to the 24th of September — call it a month and a half — with only a few days here in late August. I have two trusted friends who volunteered to handle the packing and moving to storage for me, for reasonable compensation that I'm happy to give, of course.
Feel free to point out all the previous questions like this that I missed in my search. I don't mind being told to RTFP.