Lost on Planet USA

When I decided to live a nomadic life I never anticipated what some of the challenges and complications could be. I knew there would be, “unknown, unknowns” but luckily, so far they have been few and with patience and the right help – manageable. Moving from country to country can sometimes be a bureaucratic challenge. Sometimes closing chapters of the past requires a physical presence. I however learned long ago that with every problem comes opportunity and more recently found that the difference between an ordeal and an adventure boils down to attitude.

In 2011 I decided to change my life and pursue adventures instead of comfort and possessions. My goal is to travel the world; one country at a time, one year at a time. I had anticipated that I would from time to time return to the United States to work on projects, visit with friends and family, and deal with more mundane bureaucratic chores. What I had not really planned for was the challenge of being “homeless” while I am here.

When I announced to my friends and family that I would be back in the US for a few weeks I expected that we would have some amazing reunions. I never underestimated anything but as usual I am humbled by the enthusiasm and generosity of my family and friends. Being a neo-nomad implies time spent traveling. But what has become somewhat bureaucratically extended is turning into a great visit savoring areas where I have only scratched the surface before and seeing new places in what was, my own backyard.

So, before the adventure continues overseas I still have some work to get done here, some questions to get answered and more to experience in the United States. I have more stories from Mexico to put out on this site, other professional writing projects to complete and some photography work to complete. As usual, I am grateful, smiling and overwhelmed by how amazingly wonderful some people can be. I know home is where the heart is and my geography will change soon. I can hear the “Tell Tale Heart” of change beating in my ears, but for a short while longer, home is wherever the wind blows me or love of family and friends pulls me within the country of my birth and I having a ball. I am having a ball and I want to thank everyone that is making it happen.

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Author: Jonathan Look

In 2011 Jonathan Look decided to change his life and pursue adventures instead of comfort and possessions. His goal is to travel the world solo; one country at a time, one year at a time. To accomplish this he got rid of most of his possessions, packed up what little he saw as necessities and headed out. His goal is to spend ten years discovering new places, meeting new people and taking the time to learn about them, their values and their place on this tiny planet. He embraces the philosophy that says a person is the sum of their experiences and rejects the fraud of modern consumerism that makes people into slaves of their consumption. He doesn't intend to be modern day ascetic, just more mindful of his place in the world and to make decisions according to that new standard.

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