Reflection in France
So, my husband and I just returned from 3 weeks in France. We did a driving tour of the country that is the size of Texas, and went from Normandy in the north, to Provence in the south, to Carcassonne near the Spanish border, to the Alps. We ended our journey in Paris. It was an awesome trip (what else could you say about 3 weeks in France?), but the real benefit was that it gave me much needed time for reflection.
One thing that I decided upon returning to the States was that I wanted to rebrand EdJourneys. There are a lot of travel blogs out there. I enjoy reading their stories, but I wanted something different for this website. What was I going to tweak?
In thinking about what happens when I plan these trips and return from these trips, I realized that many people ask me, “How do you do it?”. Or, they might say to me, “I can’t wait to travel to Europe when I retire.” The first question gets me excited because I love helping people figure out ways to travel now. The second question terrifies me because I don’t want people to wait until they retire. We don’t know what the future will bring, but please don’t put off your dreams.
So, I spent the last three weeks since we returned fixing the website. The very first thing I did was change hosts. I left WordPress.com and moved to Blue Host. I had received lots of positive feedback about Blue Host, and decided to go with them. The transition process was painless, but the design from the WordPress themes was giving me some trouble. At one point last week, I managed to delete my entire admin page on my site. Panic! Today, I finally had a few moments to call Blue Host, who, mind you, is certainly not in charge of the themes I use on my website, and hoped that their reportedly awesome customer service would be able to help me. After 45 minutes, we had figured out the problem (a bad plugin install on my part), and my admin panel had returned. I am now a forever fan. So, if you’re in the market for a hosting service, I recommend Blue Host. There are other host sites as well such as Host Gator, but given that my fee was $3.95/month and I can add unlimited add on sites, I went with Blue Host. So, there’s my pitch…if you sign up with them, I do get something back for it, but I promise I will never recommend anything on this site that I have not personally used or would not recommend to my friends.
Having said that…where is this site going?
As mentioned, I’m transitioning Edjourneys into a place for those who want to learn about ways to work while traveling or perhaps taking mini-retirements (aka the Tim Ferris model from the 4 Hour Work Week). I teach online, I take my laptop, air cards, mifis, and cell phones with me, and travel the world while teaching my classes. I love it. I’d like to help you experience the opportunity to be location independent as well.
I will be blogging about the tools I use, the strategies I employ, and oh yeah, my trips. I hope you enjoy it, and I encourage you to leave feedback. If you find this information valuable, I would love to add you to my email list so that I can alert you when I have new content up, when I have a book coming out, or when I might be holding a seminar. Let’s connect!