Donald Trump won the presidency and the Canadian immigration website went down. A lot of people may accuse me of being one of the people that began frantic research. That’s not the case. I realized that I was ready for an adventure in March and I knew I needed to act fast or I would never go. Here is that narrative.
In March I was in a bit of a funk. I no longer was in love with the city I was living in and I knew I needed to make a change. I started looking at other cities that I might want to call home, considering all of the millennial hot spots: Denver, Seattle, San Francisco, Austin, etc… So I pitched going remote to my boss who completely backed my desire to move and told me to do it whenever I was ready.
Fast forward to March and I got an ad for remote year in my news feed on Facebook. Something about traveling to 12 countries in 12 months really struck a chord but I didn’t think my company would support such a drastic move. So I pitched my boss on the idea of working remote again, but this time with a twist, I would be in a completely different timezone and on the other side of the world.
Surprisingly to nearly everyone I share my plans with, he approved. He tells me traveling the world was always a dream but life got in the way and he never got to do it. So here is my deal. I don’t have a dog, wife, house, or kids so there is no reason I can’t go on an adventure.
That brings us to today. I am about to leave for an indefinite amount of time, it might be a week, a month, a year, a couple years, or maybe I will cry and back out before I board in San Francisco. Right now I have no idea where I will be in 2 months but I know it will be in a place massively different from where I sit today. I have the support of my family and friends, my coworkers and my managers, and everyone I have drunkenly asked to join me in a bar. So I am out. See you later America, thank you for granting me a passport that allows me to do this and hopefully I will figure out what I want to find. Worst case there is nothing stopping me from coming back tomorrow.