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This post is the first installment of a travel series!
Tariq and I quit our jobs last month. We are both taking some time to travel and for me, a career change is due. My next step could be anything and somehow, the uncertainty is the best part. I don’t know what’s next for my career but everything going forward will be done with more resolve.
For now, we land in Tokyo tomorrow and have no expectations for what’s ahead. All I know is that I will be writing. To start off, you can expect some consistency from me. Every Thursday morning (America time), I will post about a city we visited. If I don’t, it’s because I botched the time zones but I think this is doable with 11-15 hour time differences.
What I’m working on right now:
- Needing Less Things. As a friend pointed out, apparently it's not normal to use makeup setting spray every morning before work. Thankfully, I am always comfortable wearing an unnecessary amount of black (I’m so imaginative with my style!) so this made filtering my wardrobe down to a backpack manageable.
- Trying to figure out how to use less social media. As another friend asked, “Would you do this if you couldn’t share it on social media?” Absolutely. However, the writer in me has a lot to gain from thoroughly capturing this so you will see a few pictures on Instagram but most of it will all be on this site.
- Planning. I don’t like to over plan travel/vacations or even think beyond a month but I wouldn't be at this point if I didn't learn. We don’t have daily itineraries but do have a basic framework for the next few months. If you have any tips on East and Southeast Asia for now, that would be amazing!
If you have any other tips on long term travel, working remotely, or life hacks, feel free to send them our way.
PS: Early last year, a friend (his name rhymes with Raj Jana) recommended that both Tariq and I read The War of Art. If you’re struggling to reconcile expectations and passions, this book will help breakdown the years of conditioning school, family, career paths have instilled in you to instead pursue your gut.