Location: Corvallis, Oregon USA Date: 3/18/2001
As the travel junk begins to accumulate, I've become curious about whether everything would fit in my pack and travel vest. Today, I packed everything up that I could find. It all fits in the pack and vest and only weighs 35 pounds (vest 10, pack 25). I think I'll meet my weight goal easier than my bulk goal. I specifically chose a pack that will meet international carry on restrictions. The size makes it quite a challenge to fit everything in.
Departure is just a little more than three months and things are becoming more real. I spent some time last week trying to book my first leg. Buying complicated itinerary air flights online is more challenging than I thought. I've been corresponding by email with Newman's Vacations, an agency specializing in Pacific travel. I sent a specific itinerary for a price quote about 10 days ago, but haven't received a specific reply yet. I may have to find another source.
I've started experimenting with my www.ekno.com phone card. It offers inexpensive domestic and international calls. I charged my account from my credit card and tested it with a call to my sister. It's even got a speed dial function. There are other bells and whistles like voice messaging and faxing, but the phone feature is enough for now.
It is very time consuming to track down and test services like the phone card. I could wait until I'm on the road although it may be more difficult to test then than now. I extended my domain name for another three years and confirmed access via password. I've been testing the electronic transfer of funds with mixed results. In one case, money shown in the account was not actually available until four days later. Luck was on my side because the request to buy a mutual fund was rejected... the S&P index has dropped almost 10% since that request. I think now I'll just wait until the market bottoms out before buying. Being a DigitalNomad involves more than just using the internet. It involves using the services available to travelers through the internet and other communication channels.