Letter from the Editor: A New Chapter Awaits

Howdy Travel Addicts!

I’ve been MIA for awhile, but I haven’t forgotten about you. In March, we left our amazing adventure Teaching English in Turkey and headed on a 23-day trip westward. We spent our time exploring the Adriatic cities of Bosnia, Croatia, Slovenia, attending a research seminar in Italy and visiting family England. Upon return to the USA, we spent time visiting family and friends in the Midwest.

Two month later, here’s where we’re at:

We’re readjusting to life in the US. While it’s amazing to be close to family and friends, it’s a bit awkward to answer the extremely loaded and complex question “How was Turkey?”. I still haven’t written about your experience post-departure because I’m still struggling to find the words to accurately express how the experienced changed me.

We’re dabbling in freelance work. Between odd jobs here and there, continuing to grow Longing to Travel, pubic speaking engagements, helping others grow their business and simply taking on work to learn new skills, we’re staying busy. We deeply miss our students and colleagues and Turkey and have unsuccessfully attempted to fill that void by taking on teaching ESL lessons here in the US. So far, it doesn’t even compare to the incredible relationships we built with our students over the course of the last year. But we’re staying open-minded.

We’re preparing for our next adventure. I can’t quite spill the beans yet, but we have some BIG news to share. Our lives will drastically change (again!) and we’re over the moon about it. As in all things, this next chapter will bring about great joys and challenges, test our courage and strength, and, above all, help us contribute to the world around us. Stay tuned. You won’t want to miss this announcement.

With that, I want to thank everyone who has supported Longing to Travel over the past year and half. I have had the opportunity to work with many individuals wanting to live an authentic life of travel, which is non-traditional and complex in nature. To all of you out there, don’t give up. Dream BIG. Stay focused. It’s possible because I.AM.LIVING.OUR.DREAM. And you can too!

– Pouneh Eftekhari, Founder at Longing to Travel

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