30 Jun Back to the island, new wheels and travel plans
Hello from a very uncharacteristically warm UK! In fact, news channels have been declaring that we’re in the midst of a heat wave (or at least we were last week when I drafted this post). As always, it’s good to return to The Island for our annual summer visit, but future travels are never far from our minds. So, what are our plans for the rest of the year?
Back to the Island
After an epic trip to Nepal and two weeks of zipping around Sri Lanka, it felt good to arrive back in the UK, even though the mood here feels somewhat strange. Over the last few months the country has been battered by horrific events: four terrorist attacks and a devastating fire in London. To add to the apocalyptic feel, there was a ridiculously messy general election and now, Brexit talks have begun.
None of this stopped me from taking a quick trip to London to watch my favourite band on our first weekend back though. I was relieved to find the capital was as bustling as usual, full of people enjoying the sunshine in parks and beer gardens, albeit with a slightly more visible police presence. It’s good to see that people aren’t giving in to fear and we can’t wait to return to London in July and August to do some house and pet sitting.
In the meantime, we’re busy catching up with freelance work and family in Southampton and Wales. We’ve been taking advantage of the rare British sunshine to have BBQs and day trips with our nephew. It’s great to catch up with family after 10 months in Asia but we never sit still for long and have also been working on our travel plans for the rest of the year, which are shaping up nicely.
New wheels and travel plans
We bought a car! For a couple of minimalists like us, it was a big deal to fork out a huge chunk of cash for one possession. However long, torturous bus trips in Nepal reminded us just how much we love road tripping in a car and since we’re spending the rest of 2017 in Europe, what better way to get around? Luckily, my Dad is a mechanic and was able to find us a good deal on a reliable car so we’re all set to go, but where?
After a final London house sit in September we’re catching a ferry over to mainland Europe, where we’ll be heading to some countries we’ve yet to explore and returning to others we love. Having a vehicle means we can be flexible with our route, but we do need to maintain a good work-travel balance by renting apartments and perhaps house sitting along the way.
Where to visit in Europe?
At the moment we’re drawn towards exploring Latvia and Lithuania, then renting an apartment in Tallinn, Estonia, which we’ve heard is an up-and-coming digital nomad destination. Other options include visiting the Netherlands, Poland and Germany, perhaps returning to Croatia or heading to Portugal, which seems to be the top European destination right now for nomads and expats.
The only thing we have set in stone is a month’s apartment rental in Prague this November/December. We fell in love with the city on our first visit last year and can’t wait to return. After a hot Asian Christmas last year I’m particularly looking forward to the festive winter atmosphere, lights, decorations and Christmas markets. We plan to spend the holiday itself back in the UK with family but celebrating Hogmanay in Edinburgh is also a possibility.
The start of 2018 will mark a brand new phase in our journey, a long overdue trip to South America!
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What are your travel plans for the summer and rest of the year? Do you have any recommendations of places we should visit in Europe?