A Thank You Note From Pennsylvania

by gigigriffis

Dear friends,

Have I said thank you lately?

If I haven’t, I probably should.

You see, last week I read an article recently about why we need nomads to connect us, inspire us, and change the way we think about the world.  The writer, who is herself a full-time nomad, noted that she gets a lot of criticism when it comes to her lifestyle. And that criticism is part of the reason she felt the need to list out all the benefits nomads bring to society.

She says: “Online, people have fewer questions and more opinions. We are called freeloaders or spoiled by people who don’t know us but dislike the concept of full-time travel. Some accuse us of contributing nothing to society, or worse—burdening it.”

When I read that, I realized how lucky I am.

You—my online community—have been supportive, excited, inspiring, and interested. You’ve told your funny stories. You’ve sympathized with my challenges. You’ve left comments that made me laugh and others that brightened my day. You’ve sent emails that made me think and filled me with gratitude.

Somehow, on this small slice of the web, I’ve found my people. I’ve gathered up a little community full of positivity, hope, and joy. I’ve found people who know how to love.

No nay-sayery or accusations. Almost zero trolling.

When I’ve published articles elsewhere, I’ve gotten a mix of comments good and bad. I’ve been called stupid and irresponsible. I’ve been wildly misunderstood. But here, in this little slice of the internet, it’s all good.

When I told you about my run-in with immigration, you told me your stories. When I told you that I almost gave up, you thanked me for continuing on. When I told you how I lost and then found my mojo, you sympathized, encouraged, and offered me Skype dates just in case I ever lost my mojo again.

Holy crap am I lucky to have all of you.

So today I am writing to you from sunny, green Central Pennsylvania to say thank you. Thank you for reading. Thank you for your comments. Thank you for your emails. And, most of all, thank you for sharing your support, understanding, joy, struggles, and hopes with me.

You are amazing.



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Beverly Elaine August 29, 2013 - 10:48 am

Oh stop! You’re making me blush. I’m glad you and your kind are here to serve as an inspiration to me. You remind me dreams can come true!

gigigriffis August 30, 2013 - 1:29 am

Thank you!

Rebecca August 29, 2013 - 2:05 pm

Glad we could help with everything. So since you are in Pennsylvania any plans for say a road trip to KY? Just wondering would love to show you around my neck of the woods. Let me know if you change your mind. Until then. Take care and have fun in your nomadic ways lol.

gigigriffis August 30, 2013 - 1:33 am

I actually just left PA and arrived in Germany, but perhaps next time I’m in the states!

Montecristo Travels (Sonja) August 29, 2013 - 9:22 pm

aw…. well THANK YOU for being around to inspire u too!!! HUGS!! (and what a lovely post!!!)

gigigriffis August 30, 2013 - 1:33 am


Brief Roommate August 30, 2013 - 9:07 am

So should I start trolling your blog more so you build up some nomadic internet street cred? Your online dating adventures have taught me well how to compose an outrageous missive.

Wishing you happy glamping from Asia!!!

gigigriffis August 31, 2013 - 3:22 am

Yay glamping! Yay Asia! Tell Tajikistan I said hello and I hope to someday meet it.


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