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Travel Plans – Here, There And Everywhere
It feels like the beginning of the end right now. My life is a series of chaotic brain moments, worrying and panicking. Stressed out of my eye-balls about what’s about to happen. All of this is telling me one thing.
I’m out of my comfort zone.
I’ve got this poster that I’ve had on my wall for probably the last 3 years and it says:
Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.
And you know what… Honestly? I’ve probably never been out of my comfort zone. Not truly.
Don’t get me wrong I’ve travelled solo in the past, but I’ve always known that I’d be coming back to a secure and stable job at the end of it.
The same can be said for many of the experiences I’ve had over the years. I’ve run marathons, raised money for charities and done a whole host of things but I’ve always had support the whole way, and I’ve been teamed up with people to make the challenge easier.
This is the first time that I’m setting out to do something on my own, truly out of my comfort zone.
Genuinely… I’m terrified.
But being terrified can only be a good thing.
Fear is my bodies way of trying to cope, I know once I’m on the plane, all my worries will just disappear.
But before then I’ve got a whole host of things I’m trying to get sorted. Want some insight? Ok, you asked for it.
Here’s what I’ve got on my ‘before I leave’ checklist
- Sort out my Thailand Visa
- Sell most of my belongings
- Donate or sell my clothes
- Pre-pack my bag
- Cancel my car insurance
- Buy my travel insurance
- Transfer my phone to my dad’s name
- Get a new sim card for Europe
- Book flights to America and
Croatia(now complete, I did this tonight!)
- Get jabs for travel
- Book in a dentist appointment
- Sort out backup for website and backup for laptop.
And that’s just what I remembered off the top of my head. Sound chaotic? You’ve got no idea! Or maybe you do?
The rough travel plan
I didn’t want my travel plans to be too set in stone because I realise that when you meet people and opportunities come up, it can be a shame to miss out on what’s happening because you’ve already bought a flight somewhere. The first 2 months of my journey I’ve loosely planned out, but who knows, it could still change.
The Germany road trip
Firstly, on September 25th, I’m flying into Stuttgart, Germany. I’ve planned with my friends to travel around Germany and Austria on a road trip.
In this time we are going to tick a few things off our lists.
September 25th – Stuttgart
We land in Stuttgart, Julia’s hometown, and for the day we will explore everything it has to offer. Luckily Julia has offered for me and Kiani (a wonderful Australian lass who’s also along for the trip) to stay with her that evening.
September 26th – Travelling to the Lake of Constance and then on to Munich, Oktoberfest
Julia (my wonderful German friend) tells me that this gorgeous location in Germany is one of the best natural beauties Germany has to offer, so we are renting a car and the 4 of us (Me, Kiani, Julia & Julia’s friend Ndella) are going to be driving down to the Lake of Constance to hang out. Let’s hope it’s sunny!
Luckily I’ve bought a hammock for my travel adventures so hopefully, this is the perfect first spot to put it to some use.
Once we have finished for the day we plan to drive back up to Munich, and we have booked a fantastic little hostel called ‘The Tent’. Apparently, the hostel has been running for years and is essentially one giant tent with loads of single beds in it. Honestly, it sounds amazing, and with the Oktoberfest festival running at the same time I cannot wait to find out what interesting characters and people we meet.
We hunker down here for the night and the next day we are heading to the festival!
September 27th – Spending the day at Oktoberfest
We get to spend the whole day, getting excited with the locals. I’ll get the chance to try on my Lederhosen for the first time since October 2015 (you can see some pictures and the story behind my last trip here) and litres/steins of beer to drink all round. This day is definitely going to be a messy one, but I’ll also get the chance hopefully to bump into Sean Ogle. (www.locationrebel.com) This is the guy that inspired me to start blogging and he is at Oktoberfest on the same day, let’s hope I get the chance to meet him! I’m calling this one fate, everything happens for a reason, right?
Assuming we all survive the onslaught of Oktoberfest we are staying one more night in ‘The Tent’ before heading to the next place…
September 28th – Onwards to Austria
The next day we are loading up and travelling across Germany, I imagine we will have some great sing-along’s on the way. (I can’t be the only person on here who loves to sing to Queen as a group on a long car journey, right?) We will land in Salzburg as our first place in Austria, and we’ve booked into Hostel A&O for the one night.
I’ve never been to Austria, so I’m hoping we will find some fun things to do in Salzburg when we arrive there. We all love an adventure!
Any suggestions for in Salzberg? Let me know in the comments.
September 29th – Innsbruck & the beautiful penthouse AirBnB
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In Innsbruck, we landed a little lucky. There is a beautiful Air BnB that has just been open a few weeks that we have booked which is a very luxurious penthouse apartment. Since whilst in Austria we are planning on doing a little hiking and hill climbing this seemed like the perfect place to unwind at the end of the day.
I’m very much looking forward to enjoying some of the things Innsbruck has to offer but it will be awesome to splash out on a big couch with my 3 buddies watching a 65” TV and having a few laughs and drinks to run the night away.
This is what for me the whole travelling experience will be all about…
The people I share it with.
The memories that I’m hoping to make with my amazing friends and future friends I’m sure I’ll make will be ones that I plan to keep with me for the rest of my life. Isn’t it handy that I’ve got a blog to document all the exciting things we get up to!
September 30th – Probably will be hungover & hike up the largest peak in Germany
I mean, kudos to the planner of this trip. We definitely picked a good day to hang out in a snazzy apartment before deciding to head back into Germany and attempting to reach the peak of the highest peak in Germany, Zugspitze.
Julia loves to hike, God love her. (The lady will definitely get my calves working on this trip, that much is for certain!)
So I guess we will see if I survive or not, I’m 100% hoping there will be one of those amazing little cabins on a wire that you can just fast-track your way to the top, and I can take a triumphant picture at the top pretending I’m a master hiker and not a cheat.
Maybe I’ve just given myself away, if I do one of those pictures now, you guys will never believe I hiked up the mountain! Oh well, at least I will know if I’ve been successful or cheated! Place your bets now. (link to comment).
In the evening we will drive back to Stuttgart and either go out in the evening or if we are feeling exhausted there is a very high probability we will just collapse onto Julia’s sofa.
October 1st – Sleepy Sunday In Stuttgart
I imagine this will be the first point that I’ll be looking at my laptop all week so I may put out a small post running through what happened in the week, and we can see how closely the predictions of my first week of travel went.
I’d love on this day to cook for all of the 4 of us including Julia’s housemate a full roast dinner, I’ve decided to write this on this blog post so I actually make myself accountable to this goal.
Jamie – Cook them a roast dinner on the Sunday, it’s on your bucket list of things to do – TICK THAT BEEF OFF!
Well there you have it, I’m definitely going to have to do it now. Especially since Kiani edits my posts, she will definitely bring it up.
October onwards – Croatia / Portugal / New York? Who knows right now.
So the plan was originally to fly to Portugal after the Germany road trip with my good friend Peter, who I met in Budapest this year, but he’s been offered a too-good-to-miss offer in Amsterdam so he’s not coming on the road trip with us.
So instead I’ve been thinking about flying to Croatia with Kiani and seeing Split. Croatia has been on my travel list for a while and honestly, I was struggling to fit it into my plans, so this seems like the most logical solution of where I’ll go next.
The plan in Croatia? Beaches and blog posts.
I’ve mentioned to some of you already that my plan for the plan for the next 12/18 months is to slow travel.
What is slow travelling? For me it’ll be instead of running around and trying to see and do as much touristy stuff as possible in every location, I’ll spend a little longer in one location so that I can work on my blog, my freelance writing and my business so that I can potentially travel for an indefinite period of time.
Time will tell if I’m successful, I thank each and every one of you for the support you’ll be giving me along this journey. Honestly, you have no idea how grateful I am to all of you for the support you give me.
So Croatia I plan to batch a lot of my posts for the blog (batching is where you complete a job in a large group, think of it like batch cooking but with blog posts), record a few webinars, freelance write as much as possible and begin to earn my location independent income! I can’t wait to do my income report for the end of October and to see how well I can do. It’s exciting for sure!
After Croatia? Onwards to more of Europe or straight to New York
So I’m not sure how long I’ll stay in Croatia for but the plan is to fly to New York from around the 20th of October. I have a friend who is letting me stay with her for a few weeks and I think it’d be amazing to see New York through Halloween, you know how much Americans love that time of year!
It’ll also be an amazing chance for me to meet up with some old travel friend’s in the city and hopefully connect with a few people who are on a similar location independent journey to me.
I’m also going to try to see if I can do a house-sitting position in New York if at all possible, I think it’d be an amazing opportunity and I can’t wait to see what options come up. I love animals so it’d be great to spend some time in a city looking after a cat or a little pupper.
Further Travel plans? All I know is I’ll be aiming for Thailand for the end of November
The plan was always to try to get to Thailand for around the 25th of November. I’m not really sure why I choose that date but I’ll research flights and see what the best way would be to get started there.
I’m really open to any suggestions of where to fly into Thailand and where to stay. Please let me know what experiences you’ve had and where you’ve stayed and where you’d recommend going.
I’m hoping some of my friends from the UK may come across to spend the New Year’s with me in Thailand, time will tell if this actually happens but I can’t think of a better way to spend the new year than away from my old job and with friends in a new environment. I’m definitely expecting a lot from a New Year’s party in Thailand.
What about after Thailand?
Well, the plan is to travel for as long as possible, and since I’ve heard Thailand is the social hub for digital nomads, I’m planning to just see where the wind takes me. Please let me know in the comments if you know any great places to hook up with other digital nomads, as I currently have no idea where the best place to go is.
I’m hoping to grow my business and then eventually travel across through to Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Malaysia. It’d be amazing to see the Philippines, Bali & other locations in Asia. Did anybody say India? That’d be amazing!
Once I’ve seen all that I’m hopefully going to be convinced to jump across to South America and see some of the amazing places on that side of the pond.
But honestly, I have no idea what my life is going to be like in April/ May, which I think is where this schedule will take me to.
What on earth will my life, my business, and my blog be like in May? Can’t wait to find out!
One thing is for certain, I’m going to have a lot of up’s and down’s but I can’t wait to share with you all the adventures that I get up to. I can’t wait to be able to put all my time and efforts into helping others get to the stage that I’m at now.
I’m honestly so excited to discover, learn and find out how I’ll be able to help others grow their own businesses and get to the stage where they feel like they can start their own lifestyle businesses. It’s going to be one hell of a ride, and I can’t wait to have you all come along with me.
But first… I need to pack my toothbrush, and book my insurance…
Ahh, the dreaded list returns!
Catch you guys on the flip side