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Why Moose Trotting?

Single-serve travel is all that work has ever allowed. Fairly safe. Fairly risk-free. Always well-planned. Moose Trotter is a reflection on that. And a chronicle of what it means to escape your comfort zone to travel freely.

This is a chance to break free from the mold. “Gap years” passed me by. I’ve been a corporate lemming for nearly 2 decades. I have traveled–I wouldn’t sacrifice any of it. But this is different. It’s less planned than before.

I’ve always aspired to travel freely, though the thought of leaving “home” is admittedly scary. Most simply do not have enough time to reach every corner of the world. Yes, there are dozens, if not hundreds, of websites by professional “nomads” to teach you how to do it. So this isn’t a tutorial about how to prepare or survive. This is a chronicle about how I’ve prepared (mentally and physically), and about my travel experiences to come.

I’ve found myself in a unique position to grasp this chance by the horns. Not only is the thought of traveling faraway lands unnerving (and exciting), but it’s compounded by the lack of security, and even guilt, of not presently working for the man. Like I said, this is a chronicle real life.

As ridiculous as some of these may sound, here’s what I’m worried about: where to do my laundry, transportation and lodging (without a booking), language barriers, bargaining, trip duration (too short, or too long??), and diarrhea. Sure there’s medication for the latter, but everything else will be part of the fun!

So what are my goals? Aside from the cliche (and completely legit) aspirations of experiencing new cultures and meeting new people, I hope to shift some of my habits as well: increase destination mobility (no over-planning), reduce tech dependence (almost by default, since cellular may not be an option), pack and travel light (no outfit per day on this trip, and sorry deluxe camera kit).

Maybe these goals will lead to an ever-so-slightly more immersive experience. I hope you’re inspired to read on, and through this chronicle maybe, just maybe, consider taking the leap of faith that was nearly imperative for me. Cheers.

Past Travels

From the majestic Yosemite landscape to the magnificent sprawl of Paris and the magical city that is Istanbul, the world never ceases to amaze. Two continents down, five to go.

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“A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent upon arriving. A good artist lets his intuition lead him wherever it wants. A good scientist has freed himself of concepts and keeps his mind open to what is.”
-Laozi

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