I had officially retired December 1, 2017 and soon after that came the kickoff to my “Retired Nomad Slow-Travel World Tour”. A bit pretentious I know but I like the moniker.
Anyway, I started my first year of being a Retired Nomad off right by welcoming the New Year of 2018 in Cancun Mexico.
I flew back to the USA to quickly sell or give away the rest of my worldly possessions, to finalize financial and insurance documents, and to “farewell” family and friends because I was leaving the country for 3 months straight.
Then it was off to Australia and New Zealand from February 1 thru April 29 visiting the following cities: (1) Sydney, Australia; (2) Launceston, Tasmania – 10-day tour around Tasmania – (3) Hobart, Tasmania; (4) Melbourne, Australia; (5) Auckland, New Zealand; (6) Rotorua, New Zealand; (7) Wellington, New Zealand; (8) Picton, New Zealand; (9) Christchurch, New Zealand; (10) Queenstown, New Zealand; (11) Sydney, Australia again; (12) Brisbane, Australia; (13) Cairns, Australia; (14) Perth, Australia; (15) Yulara (Uluru Ayers Rock), Australia; (16) Adelaide, Australia; (17) Canberra, Australia; (18) Melbourne, Australia again; and (19) Sydney, Australia again.
I flew back to the USA for 2 weeks for Mother’s Day, family May birthdays and memorials.
Then it was off again to Greece and Spain for 10 weeks at the end of May, through June and July as follows: (1) Crete, Greece with a day-trip to Santorini; (2) Valencia, Spain; (3) Seville, Spain; and (4) Tenerife, Canary Islands Spain
I once again flew back to the USA for my Mom’s Birthday and a work-family reunion.
Then jetted off to Panama and Colombia for 5 weeks in August and September as follows: (1) Panama City, Panama; (2) Bogota, Colombia; (3) Medellin, Colombia; (4) Cartagena, Colombia; and (5) Playa Coronado, Panama
I flew back to the USA to Austin Texas for 2 weeks of writing/blogging conferences in September and to visit family and friends.
Then flew off to San Jose Costa Rica in October to help a friend while she had major dental surgery.
For the final time, I flew back to the USA again to “take my leave” of family and friends for the winter and kick off my SE Asia tour on November 1. So far, I’ve visited the following cities: (1) Singapore, Singapore; (2) Bangkok, Thailand; (3) Chiang Mai, Thailand; (4) Siem Reap, Cambodia; (4) Phnom Penh, Cambodia; (5) Phuket, Thailand; (6) Phi Phi Islands, Thailand; and (7) Bangkok, Thailand again.
And now, here I am once again in Chiang Mai Thailand at the start of 2019.
What a glorious first year as a Retired Nomad! Not counting the USA, that was 11 countries (8 new) in 12 months! And I can’t even begin to count the number of people that I’ve met and become friends with!