Thursday, November 19, 2009

New Developments

My Europe trip is something that I think about several times a day. It seems so far away and at the same time like it will be here before I know it. A few things have changed since I first posted.

New Country
We have decided to visit the Netherlands. Just from talking to friends and other travelers, the experience is a can’t miss. It’s very close to France and the atmosphere/scenery outway the additional cost. We haven’t decided where exactly we will visit, but have some good ideas from friends and fellow travelers. If you have any other places we HAVE to visit please post them in the comments below.

The Experience
What I think about the most is how the experience will change me. Travel does something special to us. When we go somewhere new, the only thing that we keep with us is ourselves. That is why traveling is such a great experience. When you remove the job, home, family, and friends and it’s just you; the inner voice that is you has nothing else vying for your attention. So that is what I want most from this trip is a greater understanding of where I want to go and what I want to do. These last few months have given me direction and new goals. My trip should give me even more clarity.

A Choice
I have debated on learning Spanish for the trip or at least some conversational dialogue. I believe that learning the language would enrich the experience. Tim Ferriss has a great article on how to learn language and has put a lot of time into mastering not only other languages, but the best method of learning them. It’s a big task and if I take the leap I am going to want to complete the task. Maybe I need a cute Spanish girl to motivate me haha. It would be amazing though to go salsa dancing in Spain.

As the trip gets closer I will post more articles. I’m probably going to get some gear over Christmas for the trip. I haven’t decided if I will get a cot for sleeping or not. Right now I’m leaning on no. What I do need most now though is pants and underwear. I have a decent though not great fleece. I’ll have to check out average temperatures before I decide to upgrade. Until next time.