I find myself increasingly thinking about settling down. This year, I want to think about what qualities are important in the place where I put down roots. I like sunshine and warm weather, but would give up some good weather if the place rocked. I don’t want to learn a new language, so it has to be a French, Spanish, English, or German-speaking country.
Safety issues are important; high crime rates are a drag. Cost of living is a concern–to a point. I prefer mid-sized cities with cultural resources, kick-ass music and good internet connectivity. A developed public transportation is important. Access to other interesting cities is critical. For example, Sante Fe is nice, but the next serious cultural center is too much of a hike. The South of Spain and France are attractive. I also feel a growing urge to talk a year and travel slowly through the U.S.
My main travel goal this year is to contemplate geography. I have a lot to think about. Ready, aim, fire. Make it happen. Yeah!