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Travel Betty Meet-Up With Nomad4Ever

March 19th, 2008 · 9 Comments

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I have often considered myself an introvert. Others would disagree vehemently, but they don’t know how hard I’ve worked to overcome my shyness (which still lurks inside). I am a girl who once spent an entire gorgeous Ohio summer barricaded inside the house watching “Get Smart” and the “I Love Lucy” instead of hanging out with the other kids on the block for fear of generalized humiliation. I don’t know what caused my irrational fear, but it was felt deeply and without question.

So, to flash forward 20+ years to a woman traveling for 3 weeks out of 4 on her own in a country whose language she doesn’t speak, in a culture planets away from anything she knows, and attempting to contact a perfect stranger she met on the internet is to tell that little shy girl a story of an absolute mythical creature she could never understand. Perhaps, a narwhal.

But that’s how life works. Sometimes you find yourself seeking camaraderie in the laugh track underpinning the screwball antics of Agents 86 and 99. And sometimes you find yourself sitting across the table from the delightful German ex-pat named Christian of Nomad4Ever fame. Without a doubt, the latter is a much more enjoyable experience.

Travel Betty with Nomad4Ever

I ‘met’ Chris during the research phase of my Bali trip. Always on the hunt for provocative and useful insight into the places I intend to visit, his site easily topped my list for best Bali blog. Although, to be fair, his blog isn’t all just about Bali. It’s about living a life of intention and passion. Chris quit his lucrative IT career a few years back, scaled back his life to the bare essentials and now lives comfortably and vibrantly in Bali, Indonesia. Not bad.

Unfortunately, due to parental visits on his end and wedding planning on mine, we weren’t able to get together in person until 2 days before I was set to fly back to the States. Of course, once we did meet, I was kicking myself for not getting together with him and his lovely fiancé sooner because they were both a treasure trove of Bali knowledge, as well as a completely lovely and charming couple to boot. We literally spent 3 hours each nursing a single drink at Café Mokka, catching up and sharing our thoughts on travel, politics, and life in general.

I went home that night feeling enriched by the experience and encouraged by the knowledge that while it might be the easier route to befriend your television and shut out the world, truly meaningful connections occur when we take the risk to reach out to others and just be ourselves. 

Tags: Bali · Travel Insights

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  • 9 responses so far ↓

    • 1 Gary // Mar 19, 2008 at 11:01 pm

      I also met up with Chris when I was in Bali in February.

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    • 2 Chris // Mar 20, 2008 at 3:58 am

      Hey Travel Betty,

      many thanks for the friendly and kind words!

      We enjoyed it just as much to chit-chat with you and had a ball of a time. Talking about time – 3 hours passed like an eye blink and I couldn’t believe that the sun was actually setting already, when we parted.

      I hope we can do that again and I’m sure we will catch up during one of our travels wherever we may roam at that time!


      Cheers from Bali,


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    • 3 devari bali // Mar 20, 2008 at 8:45 am

      hi there, i wish i could be just like you someday, travel and travel, must be a lot of fun.

      hi Chris ;)
      hope to meet you too in Bali soon

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    • 4 Chris // Mar 20, 2008 at 10:30 am

      Wow, we should probably all form a club! ;-)

      Gary – you must be already in the Americas region, as your comment showed up before mine, even though it wasn’t there before?

      It looks like I can become more and more lazy now, no need to travel anymore, as everyone drops by in Bali anyway, hehe.

      Except the Balinese – like Devari – who is in the Turks & Caicos Islands currently. That name alone sounds already like paradise to me! Maybe I will visit you there first before you come back to Bali, Devari! ;-)

      Either way – it’s always interesting to meet up with fellow travelers and exchange new stories and adventures from around our globe.

      Aren’t we truly a special kind of wandering, vagabonding species??

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    • 5 devari // Mar 23, 2008 at 2:22 pm

      hehe hi Chris, except me who is not a truly traveler yet as I am traveling for work. But I enjoy it, take the advantage of it :)

      You should visit the Turks CAicos Island :)
      see the other Paradise.
      this is the place I work:

      Will you be in Bali August?

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    • 6 Travel Betty // Mar 23, 2008 at 6:40 pm

      Gary, then you are another one of the lucky ones! If you find yourself traveling through San Francisco, give a shout. I’d love to meet you too!

      Chris, you’re going to become the official Bali ambassador soon enough :) And yes, we are a special kind of species. To be born in this time when travel is available to so many.

      Devari, thanks for stopping by. I wish I could be like me too, always traveling! I DO get to travel a whole lot and I’m very grateful for the opportunity. But even though I always seem to be out and about, I more often than not find myself sitting at work daydreaming about the next place.

      Thanks all for stopping by.

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    • 7 marsha_tm // Mar 24, 2008 at 10:39 pm

      Sounds like a wonderful adventure. I did lots of solo traveling in my 20′s and had some of my most memorable experiences then.

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    • 8 Travel Betty // Apr 6, 2008 at 8:12 pm

      good for you, Marsha! a lot of people never get the chance. we are certainly lucky!

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    • 9 Debo Hobo // Apr 9, 2008 at 1:49 pm

      Hey that is really cool and I like visiting both yours and his blogs.

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