Looking Back…Planning Ahead

Looking Back

A gray morning in Lisbon, Portugal

Looking Back…Planning Ahead

It is that time of year when one looks back over the past year and then begins to plan for the upcoming year. Looking back I would tell you is was a very good year.

My health is good and I continue to have the energy and desire to travel and see new parts of the world. I think I told you over a year ago that I wanted to slow down my travels…taking in less countries. As usual that did not happen…I was in 10 countries in 2015 with a mix of new and repeat destinations. My spring trip to Europe was great with new countries that included Portugal, Holland and Denmark.  I threw in some previously visited countries but with new destinations. In France i stopped in Pau, Bordeaux and Montpellier…In Belgium I stopped in Bruges.

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A park in Montpellier, France

 

My favorite places this year were Copenhagen, Denmark and Amsterdam, Holland. I loved almost everything about them…the architecture, art, food, people…both places had a good vibe. I especially liked the light in Copenhagen..cool blue/grey…reflected in their paintings and the color of their buildings. So very different than Southern Europe with its warm golden sun and vibrant colors The one thing I did not enjoy was the high cost of living…it was brutal.

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Copenhagen, Denmark

I arrive just as spring was breaking out in Northern Europe. The tulips were out in both cities and people were anxious to go out and capture the sun’s rays after a long winter. All the parks and public squares were filled with adults and children riding bikes, walking dogs playing soccer.  I loved the friendly exuberance exhibited by almost everyone.

The Rjksmuseum in Amsterdam, Holland

The Rjksmuseum in Amsterdam, Holland

 

From Europe I headed back to the United States for a driving trip through the deep south…Tennessee, Mississippi, Louisiana, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia. It was a great trip filled with history and natural beauty. I was able to cross off some places on my wish list…Savannah, Williamsburg, Natchez, Beauford and the Natchez Trace. It was a special trip, as was the year before’s trip driving through the American West along the Lewis and Clark Trail.

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French Quarter, New Orleans

After leaving the US I headed back to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico for a few months to visit friends and give it another chance as a place to settle in. The definition of insanity is to keep repeating the same behavior over and over and expecting a different result. I was insane to go back to San Miguel thinking I could breath easier, walk the hills without being short of breath and find the old expat culture appealing…quite insane.

So here I am back in Chiang Mai, Thailand for the winter, Back where I started out in the beginning of 2015 after going once more around the world….my third circumnavigation of the globe.

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Colonial Williamsburg, USA

This is a milestone moment for me! In a couple of weeks I will complete my fifth year of travel. When I started out I never imagined I would become a vagabond, a digital nomad if you will. It was my plan to find a spot and settle down and become a normal expat… “normal expat” an oxymoron if there ever was one . But after about six months in Cuenca, Ecuador I began to think why do I have to stay put in one place…why not travel the world stopping when and where the mood strikes me.

That has been my life for the past five years of travel…34 countries, three times around the world, a host of new friends and a vast array of new cultures and experiences.

Looking Back

Siesta in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

All that leads to looking forward…planning ahead if you will. I can hear your snickering now as I talk about about plans…Oh ye of little faith…YES, I have a plan. Now you may be correct in assuming that my plans often go awry, especially if you go back and look at my blog post that talk about where I plan to go and where I wind up. You will also remember I have told you about the heartbreak of TWADD (travelers with attention deficit) that often throws me off course. I think that is about to change.

Yes, I have a new plan for 2016 and I am changing up the game. I have been thinking for about a year of finding a “Home” and setting up a base camp that I can travel from. So in February I am going to Turkey and begin working to set up a base in Fethiye, Turkey.  A lovely little town on the Mediterranean Coast with warm winters and over 300 days of sunshine a year. I would be a good place to explore new areas of Central Asia, Eastern Europe and North Africa. Of course, this all is contingent on my being able to get a 1 year resident visa…However, I am optimistic about the chances.

So that is my story and I’m sticking to it. Will see you on the blog in 2016 or somewhere in the world.


Happy New Year!

About Larry Bosco

In 2010 I had one of those “Is this all there is” moments and so in January 2011 I retired from Real Estate Appraising, sold off all my worldly goods and headed out as a solo traveler in search of a new place to live. Since then I’ve traveled around the world, made new friends and had many great adventures and some not so great. After staying almost a year in Cuenca, Ecuador I have headed back to South East Asia where I began the journey in 2011. Currently I am living in Chiang Mai, Thailand
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11 Responses to Looking Back…Planning Ahead

  1. Julie Wright says:

    And about time too Bosco…..
    Nicely encapsulated, great crisp photos and….and…and….a plan , no less

    I look forward to seeing you in Europe….on a motorbike maybe…..and
    I so hope you find somewhere on that fabulous coast………

    Happy New Year..all the best…..Julie

  2. Bert Emke says:

    May 2016 be as rewarding as 2015 for you. The adventure continues.

  3. Ron Stagnari says:

    Larry,
    Good to hear from you again. Sticking to a plan requires a little discipline but if you started using that you might spoil the itinerant life. What fun would that be?
    Just got back from India. Wonderful photographic opportunities and a trip that assailed all the senses. (Most particularly the sense of smell.) Happy that I went and experienced India but the amount of poverty and squalor is overwhelming. Not quite sure where a government starts to make it better. Not sure that it is possible. Glad Denise opted not to go. Pretty sure she would have been very uncomfortable.
    Headed for another Viking cruise in May from Budapest to Amsterdam with a couple of extra days in Amsterdam to take in the art museums. I will get you some of the Indian photos by e-mail.
    Stay well and Happy New Year.
    Ron S.

  4. Ed Tohid says:

    Happy new year Larry. Hope you have a year full of new adventures. We may see you in Turkey.

  5. Like you said, you can travel out from there. Seems to be centrally located and about the same longitude as Kentucky AND it has beaches!! I hope you find a great little place to settle into, a place to call home. Wether it works out or not it is another adventure in your life. I admire you for going out and doing what you intended. Your knowledge of travel by now must be vast and you could write a book on that. . Maybe you will have a chance to write that novel when you find a comfortable place to be. Happy New Year!! Send pictures when you get there! Let us know what your new digs look like. Love, Claudia

  6. Dyanne says:

    Ah so it’s Turkey for the new base, eh? Good for you! I’m still (2 years now) loving Cuenca, but am always open for new places to drop anchor. Indeed, am looking seriously at Portugal, Croatia and/or… yep, maybe even Turkey. In any case, tentatively planning a goodly month+ in that part of globe in 2016. I’ll be very interested in your luck w/ a long-term visa, so will be following closely here.

    BUT… speaking of “following” – I’ve tried to drop your blog in my RSS reader (Feedly), but… Feedly can’t seem to find it, and… worse – your little RSS icon link doesn’t seem to work. ;(

    Any tips on how to subscribe (by RSS, I don’t “do” email subsciptions ‘cuz I read far too many blogs)?

    In any case – best to you in 2016 – maybe we’ll bump into each other again in Turkey…

  7. Susan Birkenshaw says:

    We’ll be wandering the area in the late fall and might be able to check in and see just how much you love it, coffee is ubiquitous and we’d love to share a cup! A very happy and prosperous new year to you. BTW – thanks for the update. For 2016 travel well, travel safe and travel far!

  8. Lindarose says:

    Hey, LB, so glad you decided to continue your blog…..the fotos are outstanding. I live precariously thru your travels…..so keep it up! Su amiga, LindaRose

  9. Barbara Hood says:

    So Richard will have a place to visit. He tells everyone he’s going to Turkey….after Argentina, Chile, etc. etc. It is finally nice weather in Louisville – sunny and cold!

  10. Stef says:

    I swear I’m not snickering! ;) Hope to catch up with you this year. Happy New Year! -Stef

  11. John Faux says:

    Good article Larry. Remember my plan to stay in Mexico? In our very own old stomping ground.. San Miguel de Allende… Well so much for THAT plan. I’m heading back to Chiang Mai January 22!

    I am learning not you use the word “living” to describe a destination.. I am merely.. “travelling to” . All the very best for 2016.

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