On completing one year of full time travel

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It’s coming up for a year since I packed everything up and headed out on this journey. I started August 20th last year, in Reykjavik (which seems a lifetime ago) then carried on to USA, Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Peru, Bolivia and finally Brazil.

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Reykjavik, last August.

 

As I get near to my one-year-of-travelling anniversary, I’ve been thinking a lot about how I want to spend the second year.

This is the trouble when you leave me alone with my brain for too long; I start getting ideas.

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I don’t want to carry on the same way for another year. The travelling is too tough on me, I’m not getting anything done because I am constantly on the move, I spend so much of my energy chasing after a good wifi signal and I’m rarely anywhere long enough to really connect with anybody or anything.

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The post-Brexit pound is another factor; I need to find a way to either earn more or spend less to make up the difference.

So for the next year, instead of moving constantly like this, I am going to pick four places and I am going to live in each of them for three months.

I have decided on my four places, but I’m not saying at this point because I am likely to change my mind along the way and don’t want everyone saying ‘oh what happened to xxxx?

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The countries are not particularly close to one another, but maybe that doesn’t matter so much. I will save money on rents by taking on longer-term accommodation and anyway the proximity of a country doesn’t necessarily make cheaper air fares, as I have found to my cost (literally) in South America.

In case the photos aren’t enough of a clue, I am now in Madrid.

5 replies »

  1. Hello Sarah. I think this sounds like a great plan and you never know, if I can grab a cheap flight I may well come and visit you st one if you secret locations. Yep the Brexit stuff is just crap for so many reasons 😕 Xx

    • Well let’s see if this works any better. Not secret locations exactly, just giving myself space to change my mind if something else comes up.
      I am still really angry about the Brexit thing; it should never have gone to a vote. But we all have to make the best of things we can’t change.

  2. One year of travel so far, wow! Congratulations, you’re an inspiration. Madrid is a surprise, since it makes my mind jump continents and oceans. Looking forward to what comes next and all the best. 🙂

    • Yep time flies by. It all feels a bit weird to me actually, suddenly being in Europe again. I do still intend to go into central America (I particularly want to go to Cuba and Nicaragua) but the weather is getting wet now and I really do try to avoid rain.
      Plus it is really bizarre that it costs around the same to fly to Spain as to fly to Colombia or Ecuador; it really doesn’t make sense.
      So I’m going to give this a go for a few months, but in a smaller city where it is cheaper.

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