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Starting off the first week of the Near Year with a bad cold isn’t exactly the “momentum” I had in mind going into 2017…but hopefully I’m over the worst, so in order to boost my motivation and excitement back to the top…I bought my ticket to Europe to kick off my 4-month trip this March!
It didn’t take long after returning from Australia for the travel bug to start creeping back up. I thought moving to California would curb my appetite for wanderlust, and it did briefly, but after about 2 months I was kicking myself for signing a lease.
At the same time, it was probably for the best. I needed this time to get my ducks in a row and really focus on building my business. And that’s exactly what I’ve done! There’s no way I would have been able to accomplish all that I have in the past six months if I was traveling full-time. By now though, my travel itch has turned into a full-blown outbreak and the next two months are going to be torture waiting for the sweet relief of boarding my plane to Europe!
As I went to go book my ticket to the UK, I made the spontaneous decision to leave a week earlier than planned and kick off my trip in Iceland instead (Northern Lights here I come!), before meeting up with my best friend in London for 5 days to celebrate her birthday.
I don’t have a solid plan after that (we all know I like to wing it), but I’ll be spending majority of the following months in Spain, with trips to France, Italy, Portugal, and Morocco squeezed in along the way…and I’ll return sometime in July – just in time for my brother’s wedding! ?
Last time as I was preparing for my first big trip abroad (2 years ago!!) I spent way too much time researching and planning and making a detailed list of everywhere I wanted to visit; and once I got there I ended up taking completely different routes and spontaneously hopping on flights to different countries with less than a day of thought. That’s how I discovered some of my favorite places – like Borneo, Tasmania, and the Gili Islands – none of which I had even considered traveling to until the day before I arrived!
I can’t even begin to count how many times I ended up ditching flights, hostel bookings, and tours at the last second to go somewhere else on a whim. So this time, I’m not doing any planning, but would still love recommendations from anyone who’s been to those places!
Aside from my first two weeks, my travels will be quite different this time than my first big trip abroad. The main focus of my Euro-travels is to connect with other digital nomads, spread the word about The Positive Change Co., and sign up new clients. That’s why I’m basing out of Spain – to focus on my work – and take small trips to some of my other top bucket list destinations when I have time.
I’m also ditching the hostel life to stay in co-living communities for remote workers which provide both accommodation AND office space for working (with fast wifi!). It will be an interesting and much more desirable dynamic to be surrounded by other entrepreneurs and freelancers as opposed to drunken backpackers.
This trip is significantly shorter than my last trip abroad, AND I consider it more of a “business trip”, which is why I’m limiting the number of countries I plan to visit this time around.
(I have a sneaky feeling I’ll be checking a few more countries off in the Fall…but one adventure at time ? )
I’m a bit nervous about the No Alcohol Challenge when I’m in Spain and Italy…it’s going to be a real struggle not to drink wine and Sangria! OH Sangria! How will I say no?! The struggle will be real, for sure. But I’ll manage.
I’m giving myself a couple more days to recover from this sickness, then it’s time to kick my butt into high-gear and work my ass off to get my body Euro-ready!