From September 26, 2012, to January 25, 2013, I was on what I called a “never-ending roadtrip.”
That September, I sold my house in Washington, DC, put everything I owned in storage, and just drove around the country/continent for a bit. Doing freelance work (and writing), it didn’t matter too much where I was. And it was a great opportunity to give a lot of talks on responsive design at meetups and other events in several different cities.
The never-ending roadtrip ended sooner than I’d planned. I got married and moved to Montreal, which it turns out is in a whole different country! And they speak French there! It’s pretty crazy.
I met a ton of great people in every city I visited, and a lot of them asked me where I’d been and where I was going, so I put up this page for everybody who asked what I was up to.
If you’re wondering what it’s like to live out of your car, it’s AWESOME. No, I didn’t sleep in my car. I mostly stayed in Airbnbs. It was challenging to decide what to bring with me; I have a small hatchback Scion, so there wasn’t very much room! Imagine packing for a trip, but trying to figure out everything you might need for several months.
These days, my roadtrips are shorter. But I feel like I could keep going forever.
|Washington, DC||Sept. 26-28, 2012|
|Bremerton, WA*||Sept. 28-30, 2012|
|Seattle, WA*||Sept. 30-Oct. 3, 2012|
|Washington, DC||Oct. 3-14, 2012|
|Leonardstown, MD||Oct. 14-18, 2012|
|College Park, MD||Oct. 18-20, 2012|
|Philadelphia, PA||Oct. 20-23, 2012|
|Brooklyn, NY||Oct. 23-25, 2012|
|Pittsburgh, PA||Oct. 25-29, 2012|
|Cleveland, OH||Oct. 29-31, 2012|
|Ann Arbor, MI||Oct. 31-Nov. 2, 2012|
|Des Plaines, IL||Nov. 2-3, 2012|
|Wisconsin||Nov. 3-15, 2012|
|Lansing, MI||Nov. 15-16, 2012|
|Toronto, ON||Nov. 16-18, 2012|
|Kitchener, ON||Nov. 18-20, 2012|
|Montreal, QC||Nov. 20-26, 2012|
|Quebec City, QC||Nov. 26-29, 2012|
|Bangor, ME||Nov. 29-Dec. 1, 2012|
|Bar Harbor, ME (Acadia)||Dec. 1-3, 2012|
|Boston, MA||Dec. 3-6, 2012|
|New York, NY||Dec. 6, 2012-Jan. 3, 2013|
|Hyattsville, MD||Jan. 3-Jan. 22, 2013|
|Brooklyn, NY||Jan. 22-Jan. 25, 2013|
|Montreal, QC||Jan. 25, 2013|
*Washington state is not officially part of the roadtrip, since I flew there.
States visited: Connecticut, DC, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Wisconsin.
Provinces visited: Ontario, Quebec.