What’s Next, Travel Writer Girl?

by gigigriffis

As 2015 draws toward its close, I’m doing my usual evaluating—asking myself where I want to spend my time next and what I want to do with that time. Because, for me, one of the most important things about living this unconventional lifestyle is constantly being willing to pivot—to change things up, to adjust my life so that travel continues to be sustainable, so that my health (both mental and physical) is a priority, and so that I continue liking the work that I do.

And so in 2016 I’ll be making some changes. The first and biggest one is that it looks like I’ll be spending most, if not all, of the year in North America and my next two 100 Locals guides will be for New York City and a combo guide to Colorado and Arizona.

So, where will I be and what will I be doing there?

Here’s the tentative itinerary:

December: Medellin, Colombia

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I’ve been in Colombia for just over a month now, living in the small hamlet of Guatape about an hour and a half outside Medellin. And while it’s pretty in Guatape, it was also not an ideal place to need working Wi-Fi or go for long walks (due to an excess of unattended and sometimes aggressive dogs). So, this December I’ve moved to Medellin, where I can take advantage of the Springtime-like weather and, even better, the Colombian prices, but also have working internet and access to more things.

This month is likely to be a low-key one with plenty of time in my little apartment working on my New York City guide, pitching new magazines, and marketing the crap out of my existing books for the holidays.

January & the Spring: Flagstaff, Arizona

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After my respite in non-wintery Colombia, I’m off to visit my best friend for the first time in ages. I’ll be based in Flagstaff through April, in which time I plan to visit the Grand Canyon for the first time, hike Antelope Canyon, and spend plenty of much-needed girl time with my friends. I’ll also be starting my combination Colorado and Arizona guide and, of course, writing about it all.

May: Minneapolis, Minnesota

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Sometime in May, I’ll start a rather epic road trip. The first destination? My favorite conference ever, which happens in Minneapolis in mid-May.

May: Virginia

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Next stop on my epic road trip? Somewhere in Virginia for my sister’s wedding. Details, including dates, still pending.

June: Ottawa, Canada

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This is where the road trip gets really interesting. After Virginia, I’ll head to Canada for the first time in over 10 years. Luna and I are particularly excited for our first stop—Ottawa—where we hope to meet up with the fabulous fellow blogging team at Montecristo Travels.

June: Montreal, Canada

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Next, it’s off to Montreal, where I plan to slow things down and stay for a month or two, hopefully finishing up my Arizona/Colorado guide, exploring the region, picking up a few more French phrases, and soaking up a town that so many have described to me as “European.”

Summer: Vancouver, Canada

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After Montreal, it’s time for another epic road trip. This time across Canada all the way to Vancouver—a place that’s been on my list since I started traveling full-time.

Fall: Hawaii!

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Finally, sometime in the fall, Luna and I will sell our road trip car, board a plane, and head to Hawaii—a place that’s on my “maybe I could live here” list.

So, where will your travels take you to this year?

And, P.S. if you live in one of these destinations and would like to grab a drink or coffee or help me with my next couple books, please reach out! I’d love to hear from you.

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Bobbi T December 3, 2015 - 9:02 am

Love the updates with the photos and hope you check out the Big Island when you research Hawaii as it offers alot and not as expensive or remote as some of the others, avoid Maui as it is all tourists.

gigigriffis December 3, 2015 - 9:26 am

For sure. I’m definitely considering Hilo as a base for at least a month or two.

Linda December 3, 2015 - 9:29 am

Your upcoming itinerary looks very interesting! I look forward to reading about your adventures, especially your time in Virginia. I lived in Arlington, VA for 4 years before moving to Asheville, NC this past October. There’s some beautiful hiking out this way, that’s for sure!

gigigriffis December 3, 2015 - 9:30 am

Thank you! I actually grew up in Virginia (Va Beach) and my parents live near Asheville. Small world. :)

TWoodward December 6, 2015 - 11:06 am

Please write about Colombia , I am very interested.
You seemed to find a home in Europe, I am surprised you left so quickley.

gigigriffis December 7, 2015 - 9:29 am

I will be writing about it. And I didn’t leave Europe quickly. :) I was there for almost 3.5 years.

Vanessa Runs December 7, 2015 - 9:24 am

We’ll be in Antelope Canyon on Feb 20 for this race:

If you can get out in time for it, you’d absolutely love the event and we’d love to finally meet you!

You’ll love the Canadian destinations. I’ve spent a lot of time there and Vancouver is my favorite. I know you said Ottawa (not Ottowa) was June, but if you can manage to be there for July 1st, that’s Canada Day and Ottawa is Canada’s capital. No better place to be in Canada on that date. The celebrations there are absolutely wild and worth seeing.

Have a blast! I know you will :)

gigigriffis December 7, 2015 - 9:29 am

Oh, thanks for the correction!

I’ll definitely put it on my radar. Antelope Canyon is on my list at some point for sure.


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