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The One Thing The Traveling Life Doesn’t Provide

I know what I’m missing.

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia– There is one place in the world that I want to be beyond all others. There is one place that I am the most happy. There is one place where I’m all-in on the moment, cherishing every morsel of my time there. That place is located right here:

42.7738° N, 78.7870° W

My friends are all there right now, drinking shots from the holes in an old bowling ball, grilling sausages on a garden rake, and baking pizzas in a filing cabinent. They are drinking beer and singing songs. Everybody is reconnecting after a long, long season apart. Everybody is smiling, excited, drunk, and full of hope.

I’m sitting by myself in a dark room in Kuala Lumpur, looking out at a six lane highway, a grungy all night food stall, and a sea of uncaring high-rises.

Will every lifestyle you gain somethings and sacrifice some things. Some elements of life are simply mutually exclusive. There is no way you can have them all together.

There is a lot of my lifestyle that is incredible, and day for day I wouldn’t trade it in for anything. But sometimes, once a week throughout each autumn perhaps, you become aware of what you’re missing.

Go Billsies!

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About the Author:

Wade Shepard is the founder and editor of Vagabond Journey. He has been traveling the world since 1999, through 88 countries. He is the author of the book, Ghost Cities of China, and contributes to Forbes, The Diplomat, the South China Morning Post, and other publications. has written 3367 posts on Vagabond Journey. Contact the author.

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