Personal, Travel

What I Do While Not Traveling

July 16, 2018

I haven’t been on a plane since October 23, 2017! That is almost nine months of no international travel and I have only been on one road trip. Not since before I moved to Qatar has it been that long since I have been on a plane. I am also not working, which begs the question, what I am I doing while I am not traveling! Read what I have been doing to stay busy.

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Reading has always been a passion of mine. I usually have several books I am reading at one time. Sometimes one will really catch my interest and all other books and time go out the window. Because I haven’t been traveling, I seemed to be drawn to non-fiction lately. Much of that non-fiction has been adventure travel.

The Stowaway is one I most recently finished. A young Brooklyn teenager successfully stows away on a ship heading to Antarctica. This true story is set in the 1920s and really made me want to sail the world. (Always been a dream of mine!)

The Last Wild Men of Borneo is the one I am currently reading and it centers around two men exploring Borneo. One ends up living with a tribe in Borneo eventually disappearing. The other becomes an indigenous art dealer. I am enjoying the book, but have some moral issues with the men’s activities.

Take a Course

From January to April, I finally did something I had wanted to do for a long time. I took a Full-stack Web Development course. I had started an online one while living in Qatar but found working full-time and school too stressful. When I left Qatar, I knew that I would have the time to complete the course while not working. It was still really hard and it was a full-time course in which I went every day of the week from 9-5. If this is something you are interested in as well, I took my course from DevMountain and I highly recommend them.

Listen to Podcasts

While driving to school every day, I became an avid podcast listener. My commute was about an hour each way, so I had plenty of time. I have developed a few favorites during that time and I still listen to them anytime I am driving around town.

If you are a fan of true crime and unsolved mysteries, then I suggest you check out True Crime Garage. Nick and The Captain usually produce two shows a week covering everything from missing persons to serial killers. They are funny but also well-informed. This show is not kid friendly as you may imagine.

I love learning new things, so I have loved Radio Lab for years. Radio Lab is all about science and technology. One week might be about space and the next reproduction. Each story has a human touch though and isn’t just straight reporting about science. Many of the stories are also personal and show hosts talk about their own experiences.

Scroll Through Instagram

Most days you will find me on Instagram whether it be posting my own photos, watching Instagram stories or saving images of places I want to visit one day. For most of 2017, I didn’t post to Instagram. The changes in the algorithm made me not want to post and it still drives me nuts. However, I have recently been posting my photos from my trip last year and I have loved reliving the memories of that trip this way. Here are some of my favorites from last year.



Read other Blogs

One of the things that got me into blogging in the first place was reading other blogs. Many of these are not travel focus and some are. The blog I have been following the longest is The Small Things Blog. I initially started following her for her hair tutorials. Her life has changed over the years and so has her blog, but because I like her I keep coming back. I also follow her on Instagram stories all the time.

Many of my other favorites are friends from blogging groups. They include Suzie Speaks, who I have actually met in person and she is just as great in person. The Global Housesitter, who is a Kiwi couple who travels the world in their retirement by housesitting all over the world. But I Smile Anyway by Ritu who makes me laugh and smile with her funny stories. There are many, many more!

Eat Out with Friends

Since I haven’t lived in Dallas for so long, my friends have been taking me to new places and some old. We tend to eat together at least once or twice a week. I have reconnected with some old friends and made a few new ones. There is such a variety here and it isn’t all Tex-Mex and steak. One of our favorite places to eat is Fireside Pies. They have amazing wood-oven baked pizzas and outstanding desserts. Much of their ingredients are local too.

Hang Out with Twitter

Twitter has been something I have tried to love more, but many people had just been posting links instead of having conversations on there. In the last couple of months, I have seen that change. Maybe I am following more chatty people now, but I am loving it. I am not on every day, but do try to pop on a few days a week. Are you on Twitter? My Twitter is @agirlpassport in case you want to follow me there as well!

What Do You Do to Keep Busy?

I am always looking for new inspiration to keep me busy. Do you have something to recommend? Share with me in the comments!


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  • Reply Suzanne [Globalhousesitterx2] July 17, 2018 at 5:39 am

    Hi Tiffany, thanks for the mention. I didn’t realise you had. Apologies for the late reply. Always lovely to catch up with your posts on Instagram 🙂

    • Reply Tiffany July 17, 2018 at 8:03 am

      You’re welcome. Always enjoy your adventures. Thank you!

  • Reply Suzie July 18, 2018 at 4:59 am

    Instagram is such a time sucker! I can lose hours just looking at all the beautiful photographs and thinking ‘why didn’t I think of that???’

    • Reply Tiffany July 18, 2018 at 8:23 am

      It is for me because I follow tons of cat accounts! I am constantly saving photos of places I want to go.

      • Reply Josy July 18, 2018 at 1:19 pm

        Lol it’s those cat accounts that suck in my time too! Kittens make the world better!! <3

  • Reply Ellen July 18, 2018 at 12:17 pm

    I blog when i am trying not to finish editting my novel, Short stories poems and things, But I enjoy twitter I have fun with prompts and chatting. I have a mix account but am not making friends with it … hey ho see you on Instagram if thats where you hide. ?

    • Reply Tiffany July 18, 2018 at 12:23 pm

      What is your novel about? I am everywhere these days since I am not working! Thanks for dropping by.

  • Reply Josy July 18, 2018 at 1:30 pm

    Oooh I had no idea you were taking a course (I knew you’d moved on to a new project, I just didn’t know what it was!!) Well done for finishing it! You must be excited to move on to your next adventure!!

    • Reply Tiffany July 18, 2018 at 1:38 pm

      Thank you! I am. Just need to get a job now!

  • Reply Debbie July 18, 2018 at 1:43 pm

    Hoping things on the job side work out soon Tiffany. Love your photos and ideas.

  • Reply Lutheranliar July 20, 2018 at 1:27 pm

    Your favorite blogs are mine too! Happy travels…and reading…and blogging…and so on and so forth xoxo

    • Reply Tiffany July 20, 2018 at 1:49 pm

      Yay! Thanks for stopping by.

  • Reply An Historian July 20, 2018 at 8:17 pm

    Thank you for sharing this!! As someone who loves travel but lives in the middle of a country that makes travel VERY expensive, I love hearing people approach the topic of loving travel but not necessarily doing it all of the time. Great post!!

    • Reply Tiffany July 20, 2018 at 8:19 pm

      Thank you! I am so glad you enjoyed it. I wish I could travel more but like you it is too expensive from the middle of the US.

  • Reply Circles in the Sand July 27, 2018 at 5:31 pm

    Hello! Thank you for the podcast recommendations- I love podcasts too!

    • Reply Tiffany July 27, 2018 at 8:11 pm

      You’re welcome! I found a new one as well called Family Ghosts.

  • Reply Henry Collins August 1, 2018 at 12:08 pm

    I like to read in my free time. Getting in touch with old friends is also a good idea when you are free. If you like podcasts, I recommend you Adam Ruins Everything, by what you said I think you will love it.

    • Reply Tiffany August 1, 2018 at 12:22 pm

      I have heard of it but haven’t checked it out yet. Will do! Thanks

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