I haven’t been out of the country since I returned home from Chad in northern Central Africa on January 2nd and for myriad reasons, I won’t be able to go on my next adventure for a while. As a result, I’m stir crazy, restless, and feel like I’m about to lose it.
I love independently exploring the world because of all the unique, authentic, and awesome experiences and adventures I’m able to privately enjoy whenever I do. But, I’m also terrible at planning things, I deplore spending untold hours researching my destinations (it ruins all chances of being truly surprised when seeing places for the first time), I abhor dealing with rigid, inflexible schedules and other people’s agendas, which eliminates group travel of any kind, and the only language I really speak is English.
Over the years I’ve developed rituals to help me tolerate fear and sleep easier when away from home. Some are fairly straightforward, commonsense practices. Others, depending on how remote and/or creepy the destination, are a tad more “proactive” — some may say paranoid.