Pokey keeping an eye on the bags
I’m playing a bit of catch-up with the blog, to be honest. It was all I could do to get packed and head out of Doha before this trip because I had just gotten back from a two-week work trip to the U.S. four days prior to departure. So, between catching up with friends, trying to shake a horrible case of jet lag (which I don’t normally get) and doing mountains of laundry in my tiny washing machine, I was basically overwhelmed. All the time I’d planned to use to set up Bound for the Balkans seemed to vanish.
Coming into this trip, I had three goals (in no particular order):
- Get some writing done; it isn’t completely a holiday!
- Authentically explore a new part of the world.
- Improve my overall mental and physical health.
But, I also wanted to see what long-term travel (as opposed to short-term holiday) was all about. I’d read quite a bit on the subject. A former co-worker and her husband wrote a great blog about their yearlong travel experience that’s still one of my go-to sites when I’m visiting a new country. And, I’m a regular at all the “avid traveler” sites that offer great tips and hacks for seeing the world. One Mile at a Time and The Points Guy are among my faves.