Now that 2014 is coming to a close, it’s time to look back at the past year, and forward to the next. This year was a year of transition for me. I quit my job, sold my stuff, moved halfway across the country, and did something I always aspired to do: take an epic road trip to as many national parks as I could.

I saw a lot in 2014
I saw a lot in 2014

My two month road trip wrapped up last month. It was incredible, and I visited fourteen national parks before I ran out of steam. But the #TerryTreksUSA project is not yet complete. I took hundreds of photos, and there was no time to process them while on the road. Editing my photos and blogging about our amazing national parks will be a task that will likely last well into the new year. I hope to raise awareness of the natural wonders in the United States, and show people our that parks are more fulfilling places to visit than overly-commercialized artificial places like Disney Land.

Besides photos of national parks, I’d like to expand the site’s content to include some of the things I learned on my travels. I have a whole list of articles I want to write. And the site itself still needs work. I’m more of a techie than a writer, so I still want to design my own theme for the site.

All of this is going to have to happen on the road, because I’m excited to announce my big project for 2015: #TerryTreksSEA. Even though I only visited a small portion of our national parks, it’s time for me to leave the USA and return to one of my favorite parts of the world, South East Asia. I’ve already traveled to many of its counties, but I’ve wanted to return to visit all of them for a long time. My style of travel emphasizes flexibility, so I’m only planning one country at a time. On January 1 I’ll be going a little off the beaten path to visit my first new country of 2015, the Philippines. I hope to visit many more throughout the year.

It’s not really possible to blog well while on the road. Also, traveling is hard work and I get easily burned out. I’ll be going slow, trying to immerse myself in the culture, rather than just rushing around to see sights. Another reason to go slow is I have so much work to do on this blog!

I don't think I'll need a winter coat in the Philippines.
I don’t think I’ll need a winter coat in the Philippines.

So, stay tuned. 2015 will be a big year for Terry Treks!

I'm Terry, former cubicle-dweller, and now traveler, photographer, writer, and entrepreneur. I quit my job in 2014 to travel to US national parks, then to South East Asia. I write about independent, flexible, long-term, budget travel. Sign up to my newsletter to get the latest news on what I'm up to. I hope you join me on my trek around the world.

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