Here were are, dear readers, six months from go-time!! I figured it’s time to start looking into immunizations and visas. So, where does the pepper spray come in, you may ask? Well, there is even bigger news! Turns out I will not be leaving the US as a solo traveler. My  (almost) 18 year old daughter will be joining me for the first 8-12 months of this adventure.

At the beginning of all this planning she was completely disinterested in long term travel, she had planned to stay here and start college. As much as I tried to convince her that a gap year would be an amazing opportunity (even though it would be with her mom) she was not to be swayed. Then her world was turned upside down out of the blue, as life sometimes happens. She and her long-term boyfriend broke up and she decided a change was in order for her as well. It probably helped that numerous friends and family members told her she was INSANE not to take advantage of this offer and they all told her that they wished they had the same opportunity. Apparently, mother does NOT know best and decisions are best made by popular opinion? Anywhoodles…

I AM ECSTATIC! I am also worried. Not enough to cancel the trip or change my planned methods of travel and adventure though. We will still roam around, we will still entrust ourselves to the kindness of strangers and yes, we will still hitchhike. GASP! THAT, dear readers, is where the pepper spray comes in. When it was just going to be me, I was fully confident in myself and my ability to take care of ME. Without over thinking things, I can foresee a point where I will need to put the momma bear in hibernation and see my daughter for what she is rapidly becoming: an intelligent young woman who is responsible beyond her years and has a good head on her shoulders. It seems that empty nest syndrome will be kept at bay for a little longer while I tote my spawn around the world. Pepper spray in hand.

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Hey there! February 2014 after a bit of soul searching but more of a desire to live my life differently, I made the decision to sell my house, sell all the crap that is filling up my life and hit the road for the life of a vagabond. These are my pictures, my stories and my journey...

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