“Peculiar travel suggestions are dancing lessons from God.” -Kurt Vonnegut
Waking up at 5:15 on a -15 degree Chicago morning, I realized that the grey hairs on my head had decided to take up permanent residence. They weren’t going anywhere and neither was I. Locked into my job as a commodity trader, I had reached a point in my life where the only objective was putting more money in the bank. Sitting in front of 8 computer screens for 10 hours a day wasn’t doing much for my soul, and the prospects for adventure were limited to checking out a new bar or a 3 day ski trip to Colorado. The Chicago winter had kept me from seeing sunshine on a weekday for the past 4 months.
Something had to change.
That something was me.
Life has a way of reaching a stasis, putting us into a rut that seems impossible to escape. After a contentious bonus negotiation, I realized that more money wasn’t going to do anything to change my life. I would still be waking up every morning, trying to make money by clicking a mouse and swearing at computer screen.
I’d seen the old guys in my industry, miserable millionaires addicted to the next purchase or bonus check. I’d always known that I didn’t want to become one of those, but here I was, coming closer to that undesirable end day after day.
I knew that buying a condo or a shiny new Lexus wouldn’t do anything to make me happier. They’d just put more bills in my mailbox and keep me further locked into a job which I no longer enjoyed.
So I walked out.
The subject line to my former world travelling Australian roommate read simply:
“Quit my job. Need an adventure. Call when you can.”
Less than 24 hours later, I received a call from my favorite dingo kicker. In his coarse Aussie accent, Benny cut straight to the chase. “I’ve got two mates driving the perimeter of Australia. Fly into Perth and we’ll drive 1800 miles to Broome. We’ll fish, surf, camp and dive up the coast, then you and I will go backpack through Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, and wherever else tickles our fancy.”
Suddenly I had an adventure waiting on me on the other side of the world. It certainly wasn’t how I’d imagined my week going when I woke up on that cold Chicago Monday morning.
A week later I had a plane ticket in hand, vaccines stuck into my arms and a 90 liter backpack which would be the extent of my worldly possessions for the next half of a year.
This is the story of that adventure.
I’ve always wanted to try my hand at writing professionally, and I figure this trip will provide some valuable material.
In addition to this blog, I also have a politically themed blog called The Republic Project and I’ve written several short stories found in the Fiction tab above.
Comments, criticisms and travel suggestions are always welcome.
8 thoughts on “About Me”
You’re a badass! I’m really excited to see what insights this trip brings to you.
Envious!! What an awesome adventure of a lifetime you are embarking on! Simply spectacular….
We’re looking forward to reading about your adventures! Enjoy and be safe!
What an amazing adventure!! Looking forward to the updates. Best wishes!
I have to admit that I was a bit leery when you told me about this several months ago, but I’ve come to realize that it’s pure jealousy. Having traveled to a lesser extent through Europe, I can tell you that you’re in for the ride of your life. I just wish I had the ability to do this with you. As always KEEP WRITING! Well that and send me anything new. Also make sure that you hold onto your notebooks. As I’m well aware of your talent as well as your self-proclaimed literary executor, I know the value of those notes like few others. Keep me updated buddy!
Wow.. it takes some courage to do this. Anyway have a great journey and will be following you and looking forward for your posts.
It’s nice to see there is a life outside of trading. The journey you are on looks amazing and I really enjoy reading about it. Good luck. Looking fw to what’s next…..Say hi when you get a chance.
You’re amazing, Chris! To learn about what you have done/accomplished and are doing at such a young age – ask me if I’m surprised. Keep chasing your dreams! Proud here in your hometown in ‘IND’.