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Travel F.A.Q.

Happy New Years, all!

I’ve been on vacation for a full week and unfortunately have no new forward momentum to report. This is mostly due to the majority of that time being spent with family and friends, and of course a couple of days wasted in one video game or another. It’s vacation after all.

While there isn’t much new content to add I figured I’d take the opportunity to provide more detail on what’s been decided so far. In many recent conversations the travel plans inevitably crop up and I’d like to catalogue the popular questions we’ve been asked here. In part to help paint a clearer picture for anyone following along, and mostly to obligate me to actually fulfill the answers.

  • Q: When are you leaving?
  • A: We’ve tentatively set a goal for the end of March, though we’re not 100% committed as we still haven’t purchased tickets and there is a list of things we need to get done before we go.

  • Q: Why Spain?
  • A: Spain is actually just one destination of many, though we eventually hope to make it a more long-term residence. Due to the Schengen visa system and the time it takes to procure more permanent visas we may need to float for some time from country to country. There are 25 countries in the Schengen Treaty which essentially means we can only stay for 90 days out of 180 in the participating countries. This is most of western Europe.

    Until we get our Spanish residence visa (could take beyond a year) we’ll alternate between regions for the latter 90 days, spending time in the UK, Switzerland, Poland, Turkey, Morocco and other nearby countries.

  • Q: Ok, but why Spain?
  • A: Well there are a number of reasons. But to clarify the main points, outside of Spain’s sheer beauty, I want to learn Spanish, Wendy would like to acquire a tattoo apprenticeship and we’d like to do both in Europe. She’ll need at least a year to dedicate to the apprenticeship and it will take me at least that long to learn Spanish from the source, through immersion and classes.

  • Q: Will you be working?
  • A: Sort of. There are no hard and fast plans on how we’ll generate income but we’re both working on a few projects to sustain our travels. We will check out the part-time job market when we get there and when push comes to shove I’ve been putting away for some time now.

    However, I have no intention of depleting my small cash cache. I do intend to use a portion to set up one or more automated revenue generating eCommerce ventures. This is still in the concept phases but I’ll be able to divulge more information as plans coalesce. I’ve successfully done it before and I can do it again. This is one of the important things we need to do before we go.

    Aside from this, we’re definitely open to picking up odd jobs along the way. Teaching English, tending bar, hospitality services – all ways to make a few extra bucks but more importantly avenues for meeting new people and understanding the culture.

  • Q: When are you coming back?
  • A: Again, we aren’t setting anything in stone as far as duration and location is concerned. We have absolutely no idea what to expect or how this trip will change us. We want this event to be organic and free-form, without a lot of strict itineraries or concrete plans. If we hate it we’ll be back in short order (doubtful). If we love it we could be there awhile.

    The one thing we know for sure – we have absolute plans to come back on as regular a basis as we can manage. The holidays are a huge deal in my family and I can’t imagine not being with them during those times.

  • Q: Haven’t you ever seen Locked Up Abroad?
  • A: While we sincerely appreciate the concern for our well being we’d like to confirm for everyone that we are not at this time entertaining the option to smuggle illicit substances across international borders. We may however be convinced to order an extra brownie for the walk home while in Amsterdam.

I’m sure there are a few questions I might be missing here so if there is anything else you’d like to know feel free to email, call or comment.

 

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