Life at The Moment

Kentucky Proud

Buzzing lawn mowers. Sunshine reflecting off blooming trees. The smell of cobwebbed, charcoal grills being lit for the first time this year.

Spring in Kentucky has hit with full effect, which makes it harder than ever to bask in the glow of an LCD screen. Even still, things couldn’t be better and its been a while since I checked in with the readers that have kept this blog going for over four years now.

Most of my time so far has been spent either behind a camera or a keyboard; I have been working like mad to save money for whatever comes next. Other than a roadtrip to Virginia and my first visit to DC, vagabonding has been pretty slack this year. That is about to change!

The frightening but exciting tingle of change is cracking in the air around me….here’s what is going on: (including a big announcement)
New Writing Job!

I just finished a two-month application process and was chosen as a regular contributing writer for the NY Times’ About.com! Contract is signed — this is big. First off, this is the closest thing to a “regular” freelance position that I have had in a while with guaranteed pay and work. Second, I will be covering Malaysia, Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam.

Two guesses who is heading back to Southeast Asia to live and travel this year?  🙂

I know what you long-term readers are thinking…why not Thailand? Indonesia? Unfortunately someone beat me to them, but hey — I’ll be right there in the neighborhood and like before, my office is anywhere that I take my laptop.

I start contributing this week but will be heading over to Malaysia in June to set up camp. From there? I leave it up to fate.

This Blog

I have always said from the beginning that this would be a “personal travel blog.”  There are enough new travel sites out there with watered down, link-bait articles that people are slinging around Twitter and other social sites.  Although the interviews and product reviews were fun, I’m afraid that I have been straying a little lately.  My aim is to get back to the personal, gritty, real-life vagabonding stuff that made this blog so fun in the first place.

Long-term readers will have noticed the first advertising ever on this blog; low-key but necessary to pay a few bills here.  I continue to work on Startbackpacking.com, Examiner.com, and my Lexington websites when I can. I am still working as a photographer here. I now have over 20 SEO niche websites, which as you can imagine, tend to goggle up time like ravenous termites.

Life in Kentucky

Spring in Kentucky is brilliant. The horse races are on, which people use as an excuse to dress up, party, and socialize; cookouts always follow. There are music festivals and enough outdoor happenings to bloat your social calendar. Old friends are in town visiting, new friends have popped up, life is wonderful.

I sometimes get accused of traveling so much to “escape Kentucky”, but nothing could be further from the truth! Why leave home and go to a place where even random insects want to kill you sometimes? Just as Edmund Hillary said about climbing Mt. Everest: “because its there!”

2010 is going to be another one to remember. Life is good.

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8 Responses to “Life at The Moment”



  1. Ilie Paschevici April 14, 2010 at 8:43 am

    Congratulations Greg! I’m very happy for you. I wish you to have a perfect time there. Just continue to do what you are doing and live the wonderful life you are living now. Congratulations my friend!

  2. YES! This is the post I’ve been watching for! The suspense was killing me. Glad to hear about your plans for the year, I hope it all goes well for you.

  3. Congratulations! Great news. Be sure to talk here about the stuff you are writing for them. I’m looking forward to reading some of it. Take care!

  4. WOW! Congrats dude. Pity we’re now back in SoCal, otherwise we’ll definitely hang out more since you’re gonna be in M’sia! Take care and CONGRATS again!

  5. Greg, that is aces!!! Congrats. I had no idea you were from Kentucky – a completely alien state to me. I should check out your site devoted to it. 🙂

  6. Its ok, some people here look and act like they are completely alien. 🙂

    It is a great state though, come visit! (wait until I am home though!)

  7. Awesome news! Looking forward to your next blog from abroad.

    Best Wishes.

  8. Nice. Congrats on the job Greg!

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