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DaedTech Digest: When Will You Stop Slow Traveling?

I’m going to keep the momentum going from last week and answer another slow travel question.  This time, it’s a little more philosophical.

When will you stop living the slow travel life?

In a sense, I don’t have a good answer to this question.  I honestly don’t know.

It’s kind of like someone asking me, “when will you stop reading sci-fi books” or “when will you stop attending baseball games?”  In both cases, as with slow travel, the answer is “I don’t have any specific plans to stop, but who knows what life holds?”

That said, I could see a few scenarios that call for an end.  So, while I can’t answer “when,” exactly, I might be able to answer “how/why.”

Shuffling Off This Mortal Coil

Let’s get the obvious and the grim out of the way.  At some point, life comes to an end.  And when that happens, depending on your belief system, slow travel will either get awesome, horrifying, or simply cease to exist.  In any of those cases, I believe it’s fair to say that our current approach will come to an end.

But age and infirmity might beat the grim reaper to the punch as well.  It’s hard to imagine exploring unknown countries or wrangling cats in our Jeep when we’re pushing 90.

Getting Tired of Moving Around

I could also see a much less dramatic end to the slow travel.  We might simply get tired of all of the effort and logistics, deciding that the fun of novelty no loner outweighs, well, the exhausting nature of novelty.

We’re pretty used to slow traveling and have adapted to it.  But, even accounting for that, things can become a grind.  Stuff you take for granted, like mail, having a normal social life, and more can add up.

Amanda is probably a little more restless than I am, but I can imagine a world where the draw of kicking back in my own office or bedroom starts to look nicer than kicking back in someone else’s.  I haven’t lost my taste for it yet, by a long shot, but I could imagine it.


Amanda and I can currently both work from anywhere.  And we take full advantage of that.  We also have no plans to mess with that in the slighest.

But, it’s hard to forecast what you might do in 5 years or 10.  10 years ago, I was a software engineer, and 5 years ago, I was a CIO.  If you’d asked either of those younger Eriks, “do you think in 5 or 10 years you’ll be running a marketing business from Ramrod Key, wearing sandals and a bathing suit,” I’d have responded by looking over my shoulder for the person you were actually talking to.

So if my life has already taken such unexpected turns, I certainly won’t rule out some more.

If I were going to wander back into the salaried world, I’d really only consider a high leadership position — somewhere in the C suite.  And there aren’t a whole ton of salaried C suite positions that call for working from remote keys in your bathing suit.

So getting out of slow travel life for the sake of career remains a possibility.


The last reason I’ll list is in some senses the most unpredictable and also the most personal.  I can imagine all sorts of family reasons not to be in a constant state of transit.

It might be exciting family sorts of things, like additions to the family.  Or, on the flip side, it might be concerns such as elder care or helping in some other way.

I won’t go into such a personal concern any further, but suffice it to say that family is important and factors heavily into plans throughout most people’s lives.

But, until we do decide to call it, whenever that may be, we’ll keep doing our best to keep things weird.


  • As some of you may have noticed, I’ve been recording a lot of Youtube videos lately.  As part of this, I got my hands on a flexible tripod: the SquidGrip.  It’s been a big help in recording video with my phone.
  • Here’s a podcast that I enjoy: The Business of Authority.  It’s a podcast aimed at independent/solo consultant types, but oriented specifically around how to build authority, becoming a thought leader, influencer, expert, etc.
  • Finally, there’s no link, but a nice feature for Facebook consumption is muting people temporarily.  If Uncle Steve is getting a little too into politics lately, or you’re buried in picture of a baby belonging to someone you barely know, you can just snooze that a month and hope the situation improves, all without the social ramifications of de-friending someone.

The Digest

  • Here’s another live blog post I did for the Nexus User Conference.  TD Bank talked about its experience with DevOps, and I chronicled the talk.
  • On Hit Subscribe’s Youtube channel, I did a video showing you how to sign up for Amazon’s affiliate linking program, Amazon Associates.  Check it out if you want to earn a little extra income through your blog.
  • Here’s a Facebook Live we did, talking about what it’s like to run/own a remote business.  Check out the Sriracha shirt in that one too, matching the Youtube vide.  I recorded a lot of video that day!

And, as always, have yourselves a great weekend!