Those of you who've read BrianMadden.com over the last four years know that I've never posted articles about my personal life. I feel that today, however, warrants an exception.
Today is the day that I move out of this house:
And into this one:
I've spent the last year getting rid of just about every physical product I own. Yard sales, Craig's List, Freecycle, and Goodwill helped me get there. I sold my motorcycles and car, and I sold my house.
Everything I own can now fit in the trunk of a car.
I plan to travel the world full time. I'm not going to stay in hotels generally--I don't want to be that transient. Instead I'll use resources like Craig's List to find short term furnished apartment sublets in various cities. So for example, if I go to a conference in Amsterdam, I might stay there in a furnished apartment for a month instead of flying in and out.
I have no idea how long I'll keep at this. Maybe a year? Maybe ten years? Maybe two weeks?
I've been preparing for this trip (both logistically and emotionally), and now I'll be writing about life on the road and whether it is actually possible (for me) to be virtual.
Today I'm going from Washington DC to visit my parents in Ohio. Then I'll visit Gabe in Nebraska before I roll into Chicago for the month of April to work on the BriForum logistics. After that I'll be in Europe for a few months (PubForum, iForum Edinburgh, training class in London, etc.) before heading to Brazil and then to NYC for the summer.
Thanks everyone for your support! Without this amazing community my job wouldn't be possible, and without my job, this virtualization wouldn't be possible.