Tuesday, April 24, 2012

San Juan ho!!

My 32nd birthday is now less than a month away and I have finally figured out my plans. Well, so much as I've figured out the when, where, and how anyway.

When: May 16 - May 21.
Where: San Juan, Puerto Rico
How: Eh... wanted a cruise but a flight was cheaper. So I still haven't gone on a cruise. Someday I'd really like to fix this.

I've got a bed booked at the Palace Hostel. Found it through a combined LP and Hostel World search and it looks like a nice place. I don't have any real plans beyond that. I'm reading things on Wikitravel, Lonely Planet, Trip Advisor, and general Googling. I'll post more when I get a more concrete sense of what I hope to see and do while I'm there. Beyond laying on beaches and drinking fruity rum drinks, that is. *smiles*

Monday, April 16, 2012

An introduction

I recently made up some cards to hand out to new people with information like email address, phone number, and the link to this blog. I love being able to share my adventures with people. Allowing them into my mind and letting them experience the things I see and do through the power of language (and the occasional photo, of course!)

What all that means it that I suddenly have new readers to my blog here! People who don't know my background. Who don't know much of anything about me beyond a few words of conversation that led to my explaining that I travel and I keep this blog. So here we go... an introduction.

My name is Lori Campbell. I grew up in Anchorage, Alaska but now live in Boston, Massachusetts. I moved there in 2006, with no job, no friends, and no place to live. I just knew it was the right choice for me so I jumped in and made it work. My childhood dream was to grow up to be Indiana Jones, and you know... except for the lack of Nazis I think I'm doing pretty well in living up to that dream. I travel, I have adventures, and I meet interesting people. I even get bruised up from time to time! (Although in my case it's because I am a klutz, not because people larger than myself pound me with their fists.)

I do not work a typical 9-5 job. After quitting my job at Northeastern University last year I decided I never wanted to live that way again. Only getting 1 or 2 weeks of vacation a year. And always being told when I can or (most often the case!) can't use my available vacation days. I realized that I'd never get to do the kind of traveling I have always dreamed of (like making it to all seven continents by the time I'm 40) if I didn't do something drastic. I mean come on! I'm in my early 30s. And aside from student loans I have no debt and no responsibilities to anyone other than myself. Now is the time to follow my dreams and start living life the way I choose to live.

So how can I afford to be foot loose and fancy free? See above... no debt. Also, I try to live relatively cheaply and make use of my large network of friends and family. Right now I am staying with my parents in Florida for a few months to save some money before I take off to India. When I go back to Boston I will couch surf for a few months til my next adventure.

I earn money doing what I do best. I plan trips for people. I've been doing this for myself my whole life, and it's what I am passionate about. I have a blast with it, so it's not like work at all. Definitely better than sitting at a desk for 9 hours a day. This job I can do from anywhere in the world. I also write. I am taking this blog and doing a lot of editing and rewrites and turning it into a tale of traveling while bipolar. This is a much harder task than I had anticipated when I first decided to do it. But I am getting closer to a draft I wouldn't mind people reading. When it's ready I expect I'll get rejection after rejection as I try to get it published. But I'm very proud of what I've got and I think there is a market for it. So I won't give up.

So there you go. A brief glimpse into who I am. I love to write. I love to tell stories. I love to share my adventures. I am so excited about my life these days. And I am thrilled to have a way to share that with the people around me.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

New Toys

I've been trying to decide for months whether to get a Netbook or a tablet to take with me on my travels. Finally decided that while a Netbook would probably be more useful, I wouldn't use it when I was home like I would a tablet. So then the question became "what tablet do I get?" After a lot of back and forthing and a trip to Best Buy to physically handle several options, I settled on the iPad 2. The iPad because I wanted a top of the line tablet and I already own a macbook, an iPhone, and an iPod... I trust Apple products. I picked the 2 vs the new one because a) it's $100 cheaper and b) the extra features of the new one don't really matter to me.

I'm exploring this new toy. This will be my only solid connection to home once I take off on my grand adventures. I will be taking along neither my iPhone nor my laptop. So over the next few months I'll be figuring things out on it. I have already decided I am going to need a little fold up keyboard for it. With as much blogging as I do while I travel I think it'll be a good choice.

I'm also looking at the App store and seeing if they have an app that will make posting to the blog a little easier. Right now going online and going to the actual website is ok, but a little cumbersome. So if anyone has a recommendation I am all ears!

I've got a couple more entries in the works to post within the next few days. So stay tuned!