Bon Voyage

ThinkSoul25: Thoughts of an Urban Nomad is more than just a blog about pop culture and things I like, it’s a lifestyle essentially. I consider myself an “urban nomad” because I am constantly traveling the country (soon to be world) and taking in massive amounts of visual information.

Literally every year, I’m moving to another state, another city, or a new apartment. I’m moving in a few weeks to another city ten minutes from where I stay now. I’ll still be residing in Maryland, just in a different city with a different vibe.

I love constantly moving around, but I understand that there is nothing wrong with having stability. The DMV may not be the most exciting place in the world for some folks, but compared to Colorado and Ohio, it’s great! Yet, it doesn’t have to be the only place I frequent. As an urban nomad, it’s my duty to continue traveling and see the world. It’s my job as an active individual, to explore new places and document the culture I collect along the way. A lot of the things I’m into are due to my past experiences and interactions with people along my road trips across country.

I’ve driven back and forth the country so many times with my family and sometimes with just my mom (like when we moved from Denver to Maryland in January.) I love taking road trips and driving across the different interstates, but one of my favorite pastimes is taking the Amtrak. I wouldn’t be an urban nomad if I didn’t utilize all types of transportation in order to reach a scenic and vibrant destination. I’ve taken the Amtrak a few times from Pelham station to New York City and from D.C. to Charlotte, NC. The most exciting aspect of the trips have always been the interesting people I encounter. The stories are priceless, Hollywood couldn’t script them if they wanted to.

I still haven’t visited abroad yet (not even a trip to Canada) but until I start working on my passport paperwork, I will put my efforts into taking train rides across the country. My new urban nomadic plan is to start taking more Amtrak trips. My first trip is going to be on the scenic Adirondack Route. I’ve already begun planning to take this trip in October and documenting it with my digital camera, Macbook, and video camera. I was originally planning on going alone, but luckily I have cool parents that love to travel as well. They don’t want to go on some of my other potential trips, but they have always wanted to ride the Adirondack Route in upstate New York.

It is one of the most scenic routes along the Amtrak Northeast routes. The trip is well under 300 dollars and there are a lot of places to stay along the way. It will be my first trip on this new nomadic plan I have. In the next year, I plan on documenting more destinations, cultures, and publishing them right here on my blog. It’s taken me some time to get settled, but now I’m ready to lock up house, grab my essentials, and travel the world. A lot of these journeys I will have to experience on my own until I find an adventurous travel companion, but that’s okay. I want to be able to look back on my life and say I had a lot of great journeys. Every time people see me, I want them to be able to say bon voyage! I’m not sitting still and letting life pass me by, I’m grabbing my Amtrak ticket and seeing the country, then upgrading to flights and seeing the world. Now that is what being an urban nomad is all about!

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