This is it, guys. The third and final leg of my current experiment in living abroad. I’m running low on a number of things — pages in my passport, my specific face cream, and patience for nonstop airfare shopping and Airbnb browsing, to name a few.
It’s about time to go home and refuel.
Then, rather than more Thai visa runs, I’ve decided to head west, slowly, via Europe. I had promised myself a little European summertime during the toughest moments of Part One.
So here I am.
After ten days in Budapest, I landed in Bansko, Bulgaria, on the edge of Europe at the tail end of summer.
How long will Part Three last? I plan, the universe laughs.
This week I finally managed to pin down a vague timeline (subject to the giggles of the cosmos).
I’ll be here in Bansko, Bulgaria for the month of September. A new coworking space is opening here, so I’ve come to test it out. It’s got a great team of founders who aim to put this outdoorsy mountain town on the map for digital nomad types.
Granada, Spain won the vote on where to meet with my three colleagues at I&I / Horizon Travel Press. Four days of masterminding with them in early October will be followed by several weeks of cafe WiFi, miradores, tapas, and speaking as much español as possible with my Spanish roomies.
November is still taking shape. I’ll shoot for November 9th to 11th in London for the WTM, a big-deal travel/tourism trade show. The goal is to find lodging that won’t cost me all my pounds. I’ll also need a business-y outfit that hasn’t spent a year rumpled in my suitcase, and shoes that aren’t flip flops.
The thing about London is it’s a major flight hub. No wonder Brits are everywhere. Eyeing the possibilities, I’m tempted to make one more stop for a few weeks after London. Turkey and Nepal, I’m looking at you.
December and beyond
So when will I finally get home? Still TBD. Probably the first week of December, just in time for the holidays in Denver with family.
After that? Maybe I’ll stay in Denver. Or move to the mountains nearby. Or Mexico. We’ll see how jovial the universe is feeling.