Self Care Sabbatical

In January 2018, I made the decision to quit my job and take time off to travel/figure out what I want to do next in my life/recharge.

In June, I left my job.

As of August, I am spending 6+ months traveling solo in Europe and Southeast Asia*, a mix of the familiar and the totally unknown. I don’t know what I am going to do after this trip and I am OK with that uncertainty. Maybe I will figure it out on this trip, maybe I won’t.

*February Update: I skipped my flight home and decided to stay in Koh Tao, Thailand a bit longer…not yet sure when I will be going home 🙂

You can read more in my original post here, and below are links to stories and city guides from my travels. Check back for updates 🙂 although I have found it challenging to keep up with writing while I travel!

Part One: Europe

Stop #1: Amsterdam (and my first visit to a Dutch coffee shop)

Stop #2: Beyond Amsterdam in the Netherlands

Stop #3: Antwerp

Stop #4: Ghent & Bruges

Stop #5: Brussels

Stop #6: Colmar

Two Weeks….and feeling a little lonely going out alone all the time! 

Stop #7: Strasbourg (For a few hours!)

5 Weeks – A Gratitude Check-In

Stop #8: Lyon (and lots of eating!)

Stop #9: Toulouse

Stop #10: Madrid

Side trip to Toledo

Stop #11: Valladolid

Stop #12: Spanish Basque Country (Bilbao & San Sebastian)

Stop #13: French Basque Country (Bayonne & Biarritz)

Stop #14: Corbieres

Working the grape harvest in Southern France 

Exploring Corbieres (Carcassonne, Narbonne, Leucate, and more)

Scenes from les vendanges

Stop #15: Nîmes

Stop #16: More WWOOFing in Salon-de-Provence

A Trip to the salt flats in Camargue

Stop #17: Antibes

Stop #18: Day tripping to Nice and Monaco

Stop #19: Going back to Lyon

Stop #20: Geneva for 48 hours

Stop #21: London

The Halfway Point

Part Two: Southeast Asia

Stop #22: Hong Kong

Settling into Southeast Asia

Stop #23: Chiang Mai

Stop #24: Pai (and facing my fears)

Stop #25: Soppong

Stop #26: Mae Hong Son

Stop #27: Chiang Rai

Stop #28: Luang Prabang (via slow boat)

Stop #29: Vang Vieng

Stop #30: Vientiane

Stop #31: Hanoi

Stop #32: Sapa

Stop #33: Halong Bay

Stop #34: Hue

Stop #35: Hoi An

Stop #36: Nha Trang

Stop #37: Mui Ne

Stop #38: Saigon

Stop #39: Can Tho

Stop #40: Phnom Penh (my least favorite stop)

Stop #41: Siem Reap (And Exploring Angkor)

Post Birthday Check-In

Getting Stuck in Koh Tao

More to come as my travels continue…

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