My Final Boarding Call

I’ve never been the guy who gets paged to his departure gate because the flight is about to leave without him. I’m ashamed to admit that I’m actually the guy who sneaks through the boarding line well before his group has been called. I’m not really in a rush to leave; it’s just that I want to make sure that I have room for my bag. That’s a roundabout way of saying that it’s time for me to leave Gadling and say farewell to all of you.

I joined Gadling in November 2008. The Internet was powered by a hand crank and flip phones were all the rage. It really was a simpler time. I’ve enjoyed being a part of Gadling’s growth and evolution over the years. More than anything else, though, I relished the opportunity to entertain all of you.

I have written approximately 180 “SkyMall Monday” posts in which I have covered somewhere around 250 products. Frankly, that’s insane. Well, more accurately, it’s whimsical. I always strove to add my odd sense of humor to Gadling. Doing so has allowed me to share laughs with many of you, earn the ire of others and even appear on CBS News.For many, travel is a serious and thoughtful venture. It’s about self-discovery, philosophy and culture. For me, it’s about fun. Sure, I get introspective on the road. I also try new foods and experiences. But I most enjoy those curious moments when you find unlicensed Lego Hitler t-shirts in Japan and stumble upon a piñata shop in Austin, Texas.

I cannot offer enough thanks to the fine folks who allowed me to write for Gadling. I also appreciate each and every one of you who took the time to read my posts, offer comments and even send me emails. I’ve met many wonderful people through Gadling and the site will continue on without me, staffed by dedicated travelers ready to share their insights with you.

As for me, I am moving on to the next adventure. I am honored to be joining the editorial staff at ShermansTravel. I hope that you will join me over there for more tips, stories and, of course, laughs.

I’m going to sneak through the line and be on my way now. There once was a time when you could have passed through security and kept me company at the gate until I departed. That seems like such a long time ago. Things change and goodbyes are never easy. I can’t promise that I’ll call you, but you can always just follow me on Twitter.