As you may have noticed, I’ve no posts recently about my aim to finish my 25-country travels this year. I’m 4 countries away with around 9 months left to finish my goal. Time is ticking as I speak.
It’s because I am on a short travel hiatus.
Some of you may be aware about my troubles with my work permit to Belgium. It’s been a year since I left Brussels and during the past months I’ve been working with my employer to obtain my permit. We tried several ways, but it’s as complicated as the Belgian government system so we haven’t been successful.
I don’t understand how anyone who wants to legally work in Belgium (and a company wanting to hire him) can go to so much trouble!
It’s frustrating but I am hopeful that it will work out well.
For now, I continue to work for the same company from home at European time (meaning irregular hours). I’ve gotten used to the lifestyle to be honest despite some setbacks. It has its pros & cons and this Oatmeal comic is great summary.
I’m looking forward to coming back and working regularly. At the moment, things are looking positive and I’ll hopefully get the permit in the next few weeks. I’ve been saying this since I got here, but hopefully this time it will work.
And with that, I’ve put travels aside to save money for when I return to Brussels. There’s a lot to deal with – airfare, visas, flat rental + deposit and first month living expenses – which are not cheap. Being on a travel hiatus gives me that financial breathing space. “Spur of the moment” and weekend trips have drained my wallet the past few months and in the end, it only made me frustrated.
Of course, I’m saving for long-term travel that I hope to plan after I sort out my employment.
Do you still have travel plans?
Of course! I’m eager to travel to four countries and finish before June 28 2012.
I’m travelling to Thailand this November for a short holiday. I also bought tickets to China where I plan to spend two weeks next January. I also have small trips around the Philippines, so the wanderlust is still on. I am still looking for two countries to visit so let me know if you have some suggestions.
What can we expect from your blog in the next few months?
Being on a travel hiatus, it doesn’t mean that I’ll stop writing for the blog. Don’t despair my wonderful readers, I will continue to put posts regularly. Here’s what you can expect:
- Destination Round-ups–blog entries on the 21 countries I’ve been to in the past years. I will post travel tips and stories about the places, sights and experiences I’ve encountered.
- Travel lists– I’m joining the bandwagon and putting on some lists covering various topics such as places, experiences , culinary treats and other random and often strange entries.
- Travel thoughts and inspiration– I’ll continue to write posts that hopefully will inspire non-travellers or those who want to travel but feel limited to take the first step. There are many ways to do it and all you need is to say YES, ILL GO AND SEE THE WORLD.
- I also have some guest blog posts, interviews and photo essays lined up.
If you have ideas or comments about my posts, I’m happy to hear them. Don’t hesitate to click on the contact page, I want to hear from you!
That’s it for me for now, happy travels!