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Time to say Aloha.

Posted Oct 05 2012 5:07am

It’s been two years now and it just hit me this week. I am no longer a traveler!

Maybe that is why I have turned down assignments and tell recruiters that I am currently unavailable, and yet the obvious truth hadn’t really settled in yet. In fact, I have even written a magazine article for the travel industry in the past few months. Yet, it was when I submitted an offer to sit on an editorial advisory board for a travel website that the hard truth really hit home. I am no longer a traveler.

So you might be wondering what happened? How did I get stuck somewhere?

First off, the picture above, is me at the front door of what I now call home, which happens to be across the street from one of the most popular beaches in the world, or at least according to Conde Nast, and I actually live their rent free in lieu of managing a few adjacent vacation rentals. Much like travel nursing, I am still working three nights a week and enjoy free housing, so perhaps I couldn’t be blamed for still considering myself a traveler.

What happened is Mary and I always had Hawai'i in our sights and we eventually made it out. I was told there were no travel assignments on the Islands, but it didn’t really matter as we were going even if there was no work, and would just call it a three to six month vacation. That is one of the amazing things about travel assignments. When the contract is complete, you are out of a job, take it for good or bad, but at least it is possible to resume another assignment. So we decided to take some time off, enjoy Hawaii and pick up another contract when we were ready.

While here though, I decided to contact a local agency and figured every day that I worked was just that much longer we could stay, and within just two weeks I was working and orienting at local hospitals. Within two months I was offered two full time positions and it was up to us if staying longer than six months would really work out. After reviewing our housing options we decided to stay.

Even though I was now full time employed I still hadn’t considered myself really a resident because we were considering a five year max stay here as we also had Europe within our sites as another long term (6-12 month) vacation goal. Again, the opportunities of travel nursing can afford these options with varied contract lengths.

Mary had been casually researching housing opportunities in Hawaii and we decided a long term home would have to be such an opportunity that we couldn’t say “no” to. That is actually what happened when we were contacted to manage a vacation rental. Mary primarily does most of the actual management and feels satisfaction by participating in our life style while I help out with odd & end chores about the place, in return housing is rent free.

How often do these kind of opportunities show up? Not often, but they are out there and throughout this blog I have presented various kinds, such as the houseboat sitting. Keeping your options open, not getting strapped down, and making lot’s of contacts is probably key to this kind of opportunity.

And so, with this news I have decided to close this blog and start on new adventures, though I will keep it available for others to read as many of the posts are still pertinent to the travel lifestyle but may also be outdated.

Aloha to all of you, and the best of luck in your adventures.

The view across the street! Small wonder we call it home.
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