Even if there were already 20 travel threads, I would still be excited by a new one.
I haven’t been to many countries in absolute terms (I think 22ish at my last count), but would venture to say I’ve spent 3+ months in more countries than 99% of people.
I’m 37, and grew up in USA and didn’t even leave the country until age 26 for LAPT Uruguay, but since then I’ve spent:
-1 year in Wellington NZ
-2 years in Montreal/Longueuil
-3 months in Nice, France
-1.5 years in Lyon, France
-2.5 years in Mexico City
-3 months in Colombia/Peru
-3 months in Brazil
-6 months in Puerto Vallarta (currently 2 months in)
Along the way, I added a Mexican girlfriend and she’s the perfect digital nomad partner. She saw her first ever foreign country when we spent 3 months in Brazil and I’m excited to take her along to Europe for 3 months in November (most likely the whole time in Spain/Portugal b/c we both hate cold weather, but I know some friends and Unstuckers @MichaelDavis might be in Europe and could be convinced to tag along somewhere else). After that we’ll probably hit Istanbul for a month and then reach our ultimate destination, Tbilisi, Georgia for a year.
It’s great seeing new places thru the eyes of my girlfriend and I’m super excited to see Europe w/her b/c it’s by far my favorite place and she’s obviously never been.
I didn’t know much about E.Europe/W.Asia, but had been hearing so much about Tbilisi and it looks like a digital nomading paradise. Ridiculously cheap cost of living, beautiful city/country, decent infrastructure and public transport, nice architecture w/W Europe vibe in some places, Soviet look, Caucusus influences, etc. So my girlfriend has started learning Georgian and I’m learning Russian to prepare. Probably unnecessary as the level of English is fairly decent, but if possible, I like to learn the local languages.
That area seems hugely underrated as Georgia itself has some incredible hikes/nature. In fact, I checked this link w/the best hiking destinations in Europe, and the top 3 are all in Georgia! The Best Hiking Destinations in Europe
Seems like a stretch, but I’m excited nonetheless. Baku, Azerbaijan also looks super cool and Armenia and Turkey also boarder Georgia. I’ve never been East of Slovakia nor have I seen Asia, so it will be cool to knock some of these places out. I’ll for sure do a couple TRs and the girlfriend and I are debating starting up a YT channel to keep friends/family back home more connected. Unlikely it ever amounts to much, but would be a fun side project.
Not sure what would be next on the agenda. We’d talked about 6-9 months in Buenos Aires, but put that on hold b/c the country is taking forever to reopen and it may not even do so in 2021. Kinda hoping my gf loves Europe as much as I do then we could look into countries w/accessible visas that can lead to citizenship for digital nomads making a consistent salary. Spain and Portugal might be options here.
Anyway, hopefully the thread takes off and we can share some great tips/stories along the way. I’d imagine it will with so many people planning trips in 2021.