I’m returning to America in 2010!

Update: I’m flying out of Sydney on the 9th of February, 2010. I arrive in the USA on the same day. If we’re “friends” on TripIt, you can follow the details there.

As many of you know, I traveled all across the USA and up to Vancouver, Canada, from June 2008 to June 2009. It was truly magical! So many online friends became real life friends, and so many more friends were made during the trip.

Well, I’m heading back!

Last time it was all travel and exploration. Although, I didn’t make it to the Grand Canyon — must change that! This time is more of a move-(ish). The reason I say “-ish” is because I’ll always be able to call Australia home (queue Qantas commercial).

No, I’m not bringing my bed. No, I’m not packing lots of boxes. No, I’m not taking my iMac. Gosh, I’m even leaving my Drobo (which I just had sent over from America) in Australia!

Yes, I miss Rachel. Yes, I’m going back to live with her in Texas. Yes, I’m only planning on bringing one suitcase.

Did you know? During my 2008-2009 year in the USA/Canada I lived out of one suitcase and a duffel bag for 90% of the trip! (I added a second suitcase in the last month; my original suitcase was 9 years old and had been beaten around a lot!)

Side note: I’m listening to “Empire State of Mind” by Jay-Z | Alicia Keys on repeat. I first heard it a few days ago. Darn you, inspirational beats. 😉

The reason for this post is because I’m excited, and I realised not many people knew. I just assumed most of my online friends knew, but how could they know if I hadn’t directly told them? Ha, silly Derek.

I’m trying to catch up with as many of my Australian friends as I can while I’m still here. I’m flying out at the beginning of February, so there’s only about a month left. That’s four weeks, folks!

I’m eager to go out on adventures in and around Sydney. Whether it’s just ‘hanging out’, eating some tasty food, taking photographs, recording video, or anything else you’d like to include me in. I’m in.

I have big plans to explore more of Australia and the rest of the world in a few years time. Read more about that here.

You can buy “Empire State of Mind” by Jay-Z featuring Alicia Keys on iTunes and Amazon1. More information about the song can be found on Wikipedia.

Disclaimer: I use affiliate links for iTunes and Amazon, so if you buy something I recommend, then I get a tiny percentage. Yo, I’ll buy you lunch some time. 😉