But upon reflecting, I'm not ready to take the familiar, easy, and comfortable route. I want to keep challenging myself and get way the hell out of my comfort zone, immersing myself in a totally unknown country, culture, and possibly language. Even if that means getting my ass kicked by life a little bit (it will), that's half the fun in retrospect.
I'll visit the states this summer, but then sometime in the fall I think I'll throw a dart at the world map (so to speak) and choose an entirely new destination to live, work and explore, turning the page on my next adventure.
Where should I go? Remember that this is living (and working 50 hours a week) - not vacation -so we're not talking about tourist traps or Club Med. I prefer a place where I can live comfortably for $2,500 a month or less. I don't mind four seasons but I'd rather not live in a place that's brutally cold for a long time in winters. And I need wi-fi so that rules out some amazing but remote islands and really exotic locales.
Here's the list I put together so far:
- Korea (South!)
- Japan (small city like Kyoto or Osaka - not Tokyo)
- Brazil (not Rio but north coast)
- Colombia (Medellin or Cartagena)
- Iceland (summertime)
- Czech Republic
- Namibia, Africa (I heard it's really cool)
- South Africa
- Portugal (I just wish they spoke Spanish)
What do you think? Where would you go?
Have you visited any of these places? Do you have friends or family in any of them?
I'd love to hear what places would be on YOUR list!