An Update Surfaces

Like many things, I started this blog with the best of intentions. I wanted to use it to document my time spent in Europe, and to keep friends and family back home informed on my travels. With only three posts, the last of which was nearly four years ago, that plan failed spectacularly.

I stack much of the blame on the fact that the only ‘blogging capable’ device I had brought with me was my phone, and I didn’t have the patience to type out posts on the tiny onscreen keyboard. To deal with this, most updates were short blurbs through Facebook. But it can’t all be blamed on that. I have an awful tendency to start things and leave them unfinished. It’s something I need to work on.

But going forward, this IS something I’m trying to change. I want to use this blog to detail my planning over the next year, until my next big adventure, and everything that follows my arrival. I’ve been feeling stagnant, and have made the decision to work towards spending a year in Ireland.

If everything works out, my plan is to live and work in Ireland during my time abroad, and travel out from there throughout the year. I’m still figuring out the details of it, but I’m currently planning to arrive in March of 2018. This is very exciting as the planning process has already been very different from my previous trip, and the time prior seems to by flying by.

As it stands right now, I am looking at flying into London or Dublin, and spending a week or so acclimating myself to being back on that side of the world. I’ll make my way to Dublin, celebrate St. Patrick’s day as it should be celebrated, and then head towards wherever I have decided to start my time in Ireland. I’m currently looking at Galway, and am hoping I can secure a job beforehand. Still tossing around options though, and any advice/tips will be appreciated.

That seems like enough for a new start for this blog, so I’ll end this here. I’ll hopefully be ironing some things out and posting a few new details in the not so far-off future.

Cheers,

Shaq

I’ve entered the frantic, panicky stage.

Last night, after going over the pros/cons of flying or taking a ferry from the UK, I decided on the ferry and completely re-did the start and end of my trip.

Originally, I was to go from the UK, to Ireland, to France. I am now going directly from the UK, less than a week after I arrive, to Holland and am beginning my journey there. Scotland, Ireland, and the majority of my UK stops will be near the end of my trip.

This reduces the amount of looping back I will have to do, and makes my trip a little more balanced. I would have liked to spend more time in the UK before I entered the rest of Europe, but I’m hoping this will work better.
An actual post to come, tonight or tomorrow.

An Expected Journey.

 “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain

My departure date is February 16th, and this will be my first time leaving Canada. This trip is going to be the most adventurous thing I’ve ever done (… as of yet), and it is now less than a month away. I’m starting to get a little freaked out, and am much more nervous about it than I was when I first started this blog dedicated to my coming travels.

I have less than a month and am now trying to frantically finish getting what I need and throwing my odds and ends together. I have half of the major things covered, and hopefully will finish a few more in this coming week (such as purchasing my rail pass, getting my traveller’s insurance, and finally sorting out my phone issues). After that, it will only be a few small items that I will need to collect. There are still things to do, but it is getting close, and I am so excited.

This is going to be huge for me, and backpacking Europe is something I’ve always wanted to do. The years of wanting and months of planning are finally coming together. There are so many other countries I want to see, and places to experience, so if this trip doesn’t deter me, it’ll only be my first adventure.

 

Side notes:

If anyone reading this has backpacked Europe before, I need advice/guidance on SIM card/international phone choices. I’m trying to see if I can unlock my phone and just switch the SIM card while travelling, but if that does not work, I might get a cheap international phone. Does anyone have any experience with these matters? I’m completely new to this and any guidance is appreciated. 🙂

Also, best ways to get from Greece to Turkey? (Particularly to Istanbul)

And once again, if anyone knows of an amazing city/location within western Europe that they have to recommend, let me know, and I’ll see if I can make a stop there!

Thanks for reading, and I promise my posts will get slightly more interesting once I’m actually in Europe.  Until nest time!