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1. Posted by Nschelling (Budding Member 2 posts) 4y 1 Star this if you like it!

Hi travellers!

I am new to this forum and I guess like all of you, I want to log my experience here.

About myself: level 36 in life. Working in finance. Pushing numbers around most of the time. Love to be active. I live in the small town of Etten-Leur in the Netherlands.

A couple of months ago I decided I needed to tend to more me-time. So last week I gave my job to go on a world trip.
Right now I am planning to leave in October.

That is the short version about myself. If you want to know more, love to hear from all of you.

[ Edit: Edited on 01-Mar-2020, 17:44 GMT by Nschelling ]

2. Posted by road to roam (Travel Guru 1112 posts) 4y Star this if you like it!

Hi Niek and welcome.

Where do you wish to travel to first in October?

3. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 2946 posts) 4y Star this if you like it!

Sounds like you have a good boss who sees the value in keeping the relationship good and perhaps he will get you back afterwards.

Enjoy preparing for your trip. :)

4. Posted by Sander (Moderator 6027 posts) 4y Star this if you like it!

Welcome, and good luck with all your preparations!

One thing I learned swiftly when I set out on my first long-term trip is that long term travel has - and for me, needs - a much different cadence to the time than going on a one or two week holiday. You simply can't sustainably keep cramming your days full with being out and about, seeing and experiencing things. You need downtime, time to assimilate the experiences you've had so far, time to unwind. Having some kind of ritual for that, to be able to feel at home and relax no matter where you are, helps. (Tea and a book for me.) It must be okay to every so often on a rainy day decide that you're feeling bleh and just want to stay in, without feeling that you're missing out on your entire purpose for being there. And then you need time every so often to research your next week or two on the road, booking accommodation as you go, figuring out alternatives and itineraries, since it's simply not doable to do that in advance. Plus with flights between countries or continents booked, you need buffer time for the various mishaps that'll happen in between (no flights due to strikes; no busses due to flooding, everything closed due to unexpected national holiday, everything book full due to unexpected huge conference or sporting event, etc, etc).

So, you travel at a much slower pace when going longterm. And that means that you have lots of in between time to observe the small things and daily events that become familiar because you're lingering. If you're only in a place for two days, you'll marvel at its sights, but if you're there for a week or two, you'll get to have a favorite bakery or cafe (which you'll love returning to when you find yourself back a couple of years later), and will start to recognize and be recognized by the people working there, and maybe by the other regulars. You'll have a chance to meaningfully interact with locals, and get to see the countries you're visiting from an entirely different angle. (Also, easier than stumbling into such connections with locals, which all too frequently happens right before you're moving on again: if you're a regular on any forums with international audiences that feel like true communities, reach out to people from the countries you'll visit and see if they want to hang out for a day while you're there.)

5. Posted by SZ (Full Member 29 posts) 4y Star this if you like it!

Good idea! You will have time for you and the opportunities for the new activities.
All the best and greetings from Szczecin, Poland!

6. Posted by Nschelling (Budding Member 2 posts) 4y Star this if you like it!

Quoting road to roam

Hi Niek and welcome.

Where do you wish to travel to first in October?

First I am going to Nepal. After that Japan, Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand, Chill, Peru and last one is Brazil.

7. Posted by Borisborough (Moderator 1870 posts) 4y Star this if you like it!

Quoting Nschelling

: level 36 in life

Try to stick at level 36. The further up you go, the harder it gets and you get closer to the finish. If you need any help regarding New Zealand, you just need to ask. Enjoy Travellerspoint.:):)