Road Schooled

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A Week in the Life

Posted on | August 4, 2009 | 5 Comments

A Week in the Life of Sue - Road Schooled

Nora Dunn over at The Professional Hobo is doing a series profiling a week in the life of long-term travelers.  She asked me to contribute a post to the series.  Check it out:

A Week in the Life of Sue: Road Schooled

After you read about how much I cram into a week on the road you’ll understand why I haven’t posted this week.  The past week I was traveling from the Seattle area where I spent the summer to the San Francisco Bay area which is my base camp for the foreseeable future. Therefore I haven’t had much time to blog.

I travel fast.  I like it that way because when I slow down I get bored and antsy.  But I don’t recommend traveling as fast as I do for most people.

As a matter of fact one of the pieces of advice I would give to a newbie long-term travelers is to slow down and try not to cram in too much.  And if you want to travel fast like I do, pick a few places to stay more than a day.  In my case for the week in the life post I was traveling fast for a week, but I started at Padre Island National Seashore where I had been camping on the beach for 6 weeks and ended at the Grand Canyon where I camped for about a week (for free!).

The week in my life that took me from Padre Island to the Grand Canyon was in April.  In the 4 months since then I have traversed the Pacific coast from San Diego, California to Vancouver, British Columbia with weeks long pit stops in Santa Cruz, Portland, and Seattle.

And now I’m in the Bay area writing this post from a coffee shop in San Rafael.    A year ago San Rafael was a pit stop.  I lived here for two months last summer.  In the year that has passed not much has changed in San Rafael.  But I have changed a lot.

A year in life of Sue post may read a bit differently than my week in the life post.  The past year was one of the best and worst years of my life.  And now life has come completely full circle and I’m sitting here writing this post in a coffee shop where I sat a year ago.  Everything looks the same yet totally different. Traveling changed my perspective.

I wonder what life will look like a year from now after spending a year living in the same place.


5 Responses to “A Week in the Life”

  1. Nora
    August 6th, 2009 @ 8:54 am

    Thank you so much, Sue, for sharing a week in your life with my readers. I too, have found that travel has changed my perspective on a lot of things, as I sit in my home town of Toronto, where I have come for a visit before I continue on my way.

  2. Jessica
    August 31st, 2009 @ 3:27 pm

    I found your site through Professional Hobo’s page!

    I enjoyed reading about your trip– I made a 2 week roadtrip from Houston, TX to Los Angeles, CA, 3 years ago while I was in graduate school (between semesters) with 2 friends. We hit up some of the same places you did, although we spent more time at Big Bend to go on a canoeing trip. We also went to Grand Canyon although we didn’t get to hike down (I’ll have to do more prep before that, haha). Honestly, I don’t think Grand Canyon is terribly exciting if you just stay on top and look around.

    Anyway, ever since then I’ve always wanted to go on another bigger, greater roadtrip! The first time I went, I had wanted to save money and camp the majority time, but one of my friends going with me wasn’t big on camping, so we only camped twice– you’re totally right about how hotel costs add up very quickly!!

    I can see the advantages of going solo– being able to go where you want, do what you want, and all when you want! I’ve always been afraid to travel solo and I think it’s impressive that you’ve been able to do it!

    Now if I could just pay off my debts and start saving up for a long-term trip, haha.

  3. Sue
    September 1st, 2009 @ 9:36 am

    Definitely love the freedom and flexibility solo travel allows. I had some anxiety about going solo when I first started traveling. I went on few local solo camping excursions for a few days before making the jump to a 2 month solo road trip. The fear of going solo fades fast once you do it a few times. Go for it and photo document your adventure — love the photos on your blog!

  4. Jessica
    September 1st, 2009 @ 11:24 am

    Thanks! I do want to try solo camping sometime…actually, I’d just like to go camping sometime, lol. Ever since I started working, it’s been tough organizing anything!! It’s definitely made me consider my priorities and what I want to do/accomplish in the long-run. How are you able to finance your traveling?

  5. Sue
    September 1st, 2009 @ 11:47 am

    I work seasonally and then travel between seasons. I also do a little bit of freelance writing….and my latest thing is teaching myself computer programming so I can develop some iPhone apps.