Goodbye USA – Hello World

June 28th, that’s the kick-off date for me to start my journey living as a nomad. It has seemed like 2017 would never come. Since it’s arrived, the day’s have just flown by. Organizing places to stay and what to see has been fun, oddly enough, the hardest part of this has been my wardrobe. I’m heading to the extreme opposite climates and culture, oh and, I’m only taking a medium-sized backpack (weighing 24 pounds) and camera bag (fifteen pounds). It’s no easy task.

By the way, I don’t plan on coming back to Idaho, other than to visit, so my two bags contain all my possessions. With the exception of one box of photo albums and a couple items I’ve collected from previous trips, which will be collecting dust in the corner of my parents garage.

So….

Where is the first leg of my journey taking me?

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1) The land of fire and ice ….. Iceland

I’ve been asked why Iceland and the reason is simple. It looks gorgeous and it’s in my flight path. Iceland has gained popularity in the last few years with their financial crisis back in 2008 and the airlines promoting tourism, making it cheap and easy to have a week layover on your way to the UK or Europe. With that said, Iceland is a very expensive destination once you arrive. I originally contemplated renting a car and camping around the island. The cost of gas changed my mind instantly, it’s roughly $8 USD per gallon – Yikes!

Airbnb is my favorite place to find a place to lay my head. In Reykjavik I have two different ladies hosting me. One on my first night and the other on my last, in-between the two, I’m staying at a hostel so I’m not isolated.

I’m not thrilled with the idea of sharing a room with 5 other people, but it’ll be good for me to converse with others and perhaps make some new friends.

 

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2) Wales, United Kingdom

Thanks to the internet I’ve made friends in the United Kingdom. I will be staying a month and a half in Cardiff to adventure around Wales and England.

My flight departs out of London, so I’ve booked a loft just ten minutes from the City Center for three days. I’ll be: visiting the dead who reside at Highgate Cemetery, dropping by 221b Baker Street (yep, I’m a Sherlock Holmes dork) and hopefully catch the Jack the Ripper walking tour. The Sanderson Hotel puts on a delightful Mad Hatter Afternoon Tea that seems very appealing. Perhaps it’s an indulgence I should avoid, but……..

Life is meant to be enjoyed.

 

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3) Athens, Greece

Eight days in this ancient city definitely will not be enough, but it’ll have to do for now, since I want to be at my main destination the beginning of September. I’ve rented a room in a shared apartment near the Acropolis. I’m not planning any island hopping on this trip. I will come back to Greece at the beginning of the new year, so I’ll venture around the islands then.

I plan on being in Greece until the Schengen law kicks me out.

Stopping in Athens and the next city cut my flight cost, a lot. For this itinerary my flights came to $1207.

 

 

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4) Cairo, Egypt

People have freaked out on me when I told them I’m going here. I know the risk, and to me, it’s worth it. Shit happens everywhere nowadays. To make the most of my eight days and for my safety, I’ve hired a private tour guide. We’ll be seeing: Giza Pyramids & Sphinx, Egyptian Museum, Memphis,  Citadel of Saladin, Coptic Cairo to visit the Hanging church, the Synaguge and the Greek Church, then head to El Mokattam cave church. Of course, I gotta take a felucca ride, it is Egypt after all.

The apartment has an unobstucted view of the pyramids and I have it all to myself… yay, no roomies. I cannot wait to sit on the rooftop each evening and watch the light show.

Obviously, I’m excited about seeing everywhere on this list, but Cairo is at the top. The downside, I’ll be there the end of August…. it’s going to be so hot! The upside, less tourist.

 

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5) Dar es Salaam and Arusha, Tanzania, Africa

I originally wanted to come here to volunteer, but the school of St. Jude wanted a two-year contract plus pay $25 a day for room and board. I find that just wrong. Besides, I’m not wanting to be in Tanzania for two years.

Flying into Dar, I’ll be staying four days in a village outside the city center, alongside the beach.

From there I’ll be taking the bus to Arusha. A plane may be more convenient and faster, but where’s the adventure in that! Going overland will offer so much more of an experience and views one cannot see from the sky.

And the bus is much more budget friendly, $50 vs $220.

Arusha is my main destination for this first leg of my journey. I already have a months stay paid for, through Airbnb – of course. If I like the city and my accommodations, then I’ll stay another month and a half before moving on. If Arusha isn’t cutting it for me, I’ll head on.

A Tanzanian visa is good for a year, but after ninety day’s you have to leave the country for at least a day, then you can return. Most likely I’ll head over the border into Kenya… or… maybe not. I’m still in the thinking phase, so we’ll see.

Thank you for following my travels into the great unknown. If you’re wanting to travel, yet sitting on the fence, I hope that I inspire you to get out of your comfort zone to turn your dreams into reality. 

Okay, your turn…..

If you’re living the nomadic lifestyle, how do you like it?

Have you been to any of these countries?

 

 

10 thoughts on “Goodbye USA – Hello World

  1. I WANNA BE LIKE YOU WHEN I GROW UP!!!! Seriously seriously because I’m living through you😂😂

    1. That’s the nicest thing anyone’s ever said to me Mickey 😉 I’m happy to have you along for the ride 🙂 Hugs to you my friend

  2. I am SO excited for you! And I wish I was half as brave. FWIW, a few tips? In Athens, I strongly recommend you do the new Acropolis museum BEFORE you venture up the hill – it was very worth it for my dad and I, and I got so much more out of being up top. One nearby island I HAVE to recommend – it’s only 1.5 hour ferry – is Hydra. NO CARS. Everything transported by donkey. Charming, with a wonderful hike up to the highest point where there is an old monastery. You might even be able to day trip it. Despite being right next to the Acropolis, God’s Restaurant and To Katu Ali (that one may be misspelled) are fabulous and cheap.

    Can’t wait to read your posts! Lots of us will be wanderlusting with you.

    1. Thanks for the tips…I will hit the museum first and dine at those locations… I was thinking about hydra, it’d make a fun day trip. By the way, I’m a scardy-cat that is tired of being afraid 😉

  3. Yea!!! It’s your turn! How exciting! But you’re going at this full on/full time??? You got rid of all (most) of your belongings? I’d love for you to write a post about that. I can’t imagine what that would be like. I’m way too attached to so many “things” from my world travels. And what made you want to detach yourself from your life as you knew it, for the unknown/uncertain future? I’m really curious, as I’ve thought much about this myself. (But for me, I’ve only gone the safe route, and fortunately my work allows for this), by working for 4 years and 80% of my salary and then taking the 5th off and traveling! (May 2020 is my next one!)

    So after Tanzania in the early fall, you are wide open to possibilities? And you’re heading back to Greece in the new year? Oh wow! I so much look forward to visiting Greece; I decided during my RTW trip to pull Greece out until I had someone special to share it with….tick, tock, tick, tock…..I’m waiting:)

    I wish you all the best and look forward to reading about your adventures; congratulations for being able to pull yourself and your life together in order to make this huge opening for freedom and exploration. Xo. Tawna

    1. I am going at it full time, as long as the good lord and the universe allow. I’m opening myself up to possibilities and letting the chips fall where they may. I’ll post what’s in my backpack and camera bag.. you’ll get a kick out of that, I’m sure.
      I don’t have a whole lot of stuff, being a minimalist and I don’t attach myself easily. The hardest, of course, is leaving my grandson and kids. Thankfully there’s skype and whatsapp.
      I totally get what you mean about saving Greece. I’m saving Positano, Italy… hope I don’t have to wait too much longer lol.
      This would be easier if I had a bunch on money or/and kick ass photography skills like yourself, but I’m going and looking at it this way…. I’m a winner no matter what my fate is 🙂

  4. You go girl!!! I can’t wait to start following you around. You are so talented and awesome! Another couple of years and I am ready to come visit or just be your slave.

    1. Thanks for the compliments Corrine, I appreciate that. I’ll let you carry my camera bag lol… really I will, it’s freaking heavy😉

  5. Congratulations Paula! You have mentioned it in the past, finally the day comes. Very exciting.
    Lots of interesting destinations – the one that appeals to me the most right now probably Wales. Always love the castles and Wales is known for them as well as some excellent hiking. Would like to go one day. Tanzania also interesting. I always love Africa.
    You’re going to love your new lifestyle Paula and it’s very courageous (and liberating) just leaving everything behind isn’t it?
    Frank (bbqboy)

    1. Thanks Frank 🙂 Yes, finally the day comes. As each item gets tossed, sold or donated I feel a bit more liberated. As you know, I love castles too – I could be at one all day and be happy. I’ll post plenty about them.

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