225 Days Until My Trip Begins

Nothing very exciting here, just an update on what has been going on the past few months.

My departure date has been decided (March 6th, 2018), my plane ticket has been bought, and today I purchased my travel insurance. I have the paperwork and will submit my visa application within the next few weeks.

I have been debating on what my plans will be for my time away. I have lengthened and shortened my trip, decided upon and rearranged plans, wondered on how and when I could make certain things work. There are places I’d love to return to, new places I have yet to see, and a large list of things I’d like to manage to do on this trip. I still have months before I leave, and I’m sure plans will change even more before then, but time is already flying by and the day only gets closer.

I originally toyed with the idea being gone for about 14 months, to make more of my time away, but in the end I decided upon only being gone for 12 months in order to keep from having to stretch my funds as far. Another idea was to spend some time travelling near the end of my trip, to visit Japan. I’ve always wanted to go, and I figured there was no better time. Generally I have no problem with travelling alone, but tossed around the idea of using a Contiki or G Adventure tour for this.

As it turns out, a friend (possibly two) were planning on going to Japan later on in 2018! I’d love to be able to travel there with a friend, so this is something that I really hope happens. We’d tackle it on our own, but I’d be much more confident travelling to Japan with someone else.

I don’t really have anything else to include, so until I have a visa and can start applying for jobs, there will be more planning and preparing myself with as much information as possible.

P.S. When purchasing my flight, I made sure to get a ticket going Grande Prairie-Calgary-London, completely bypassing Toronto. Not testing my luck this time!

Until next time!

Shaq

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