I stopped counting countries about 2 years ago, I’m not sure why; maybe it just didn’t matter any longer. However, I still do get excited about traveling to new destinations that I’ve never been to before; the rush you get from a new landscape, new culture, and knowing that you are really exploring. The same goes for US States…I don’t know how many I’ve been to, but I do know a few that I’ve never been to. Maine was on that list, until last week.
For the past 10 days I’ve been really exploring all parts of Maine – with a special focus on experiencing Maine water adventures. I felt as if I was really discovering Maine and it’s special culture and atmosphere. It’s full of outdoor, simple living and it has a thriving entrepreneurial side to it. I experienced Maine water adventures with float planes, waders (my favorite), fishing poles, boats, kayaks, surfboards, and skiffs all in the name of adventure. I had a few mishaps (like hooking myself fishing, and swallowing excessive saltwater surfing), but they didn’t even dampen my spirits.
I ate my share of lobster as well as blueberry pie….because well, sometimes you just have to have the classics. I also took my share of pictures! Sharing a few of my favorites from the week on Instagram below. I’ll be waiting a bit to write about my specific experiences in Maine (look for it this Spring), so these pics will have to do for now. However if you have any immediate questions about travel to Maine, let me know!
I’m not sitting still long, tomorrow I leave for Alaska! I’m packing up some serious hiking and outdoor gear – plus new photography gear and I’m ready to go experience Alaska in a more intense backwoods way this trip. First, I’m hitting the rails again with the Alaska Railroad and taking their one and only whistle stop service that will stop anywhere you want on the rail line! Ever since I heard of this service I’ve wanted to try it; flagging down a train in the middle of Alaska sounds like a bucket list item!
Then I wrap up my sore ankle, hope for the best, and head out to a rather unknown National Park – Lake Clark National Park to do this cool trip named one of the top 50 Tours of a Lifetime via National Geographic. There I’ll be roughing it with a small group camping, paddling, and hiking in this pristine wilderness searching for wildlife, great landscapes, and some much needed unplugging time. Yes…I’m going to unplug for a week and it’s going to be bliss.
Join Me Live
I’m going to be doing a special Anniversary Facebook Live broadcast on September 8th 7PM Eastern from Alaska. September 8th, 2006 is the day I left my old corporate career in NYC and starting traveling. I’ll answer any questions you have about being homeless for 10 years, travel, living out of a suitcase, taking a leap and taking a career break, etc, – the good and the bad. And yes, there are definitely downsides to this lifestyle and having the ‘dream career/life’ that everyone seems to want.
Hope to hear from you on the 8th, just stop in to the live broadcast and say hi!
Maine Instagram Pictures
Follow along with my travels LIVE on Instagram via pics and stories!@Ottsworld on Instagram
My time in Maine was hosted by Visit Maine – however all opinions here are my own.