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Wanting Again on 2021: A Yr of Connections

What a strange year. On one hand, it feels like it’s impossible that 2022 is just a few days away, while on the other, it feels like this was one of the longest years yet. I literally had to search “2021” in my photos on my phone to remember all that we got up to, […]

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What an odd yr. On one hand, it feels prefer it's not possible that 2022 is just some days away, whereas on the opposite, it seems like this was one of many longest years but.

I actually needed to search “2021” in my images on my cellphone to recollect all that we obtained as much as, and the place we had been. And, among the recollections I had of this yr had been really from 2020!

I've been doing these reflection posts for 10 years now. Ten years!

Annually, I do a round-up on this weblog and mirror on our lives over the previous 12 months. As with my earlier posts, this yr has a phrase (effectively, a number of phrases really) that may sum up the way it felt to us.

For Nick and I, 2021 was a blended yr stuffed with uncertainty, indecisiveness, and overwhelm surrounding the present state of the world and a few issues in our private lives. However, it was additionally a yr of journey, love, and wine… lots of wine.

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Us on the seaside in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. That is the place we rang in 2021!

The primary theme that stands proud from the yr, nonetheless, is connection. This yr we needed to be surrounded by associates, household, and strangers, and I feel we succeeded in doing so.  

Aside from connecting with folks, two of our objectives going into 2021 that I wrote about final yr had been to: “Stay off the fruits of our labor and transfer round as a lot as potential — whereas working as little as potential.” And to “Do issues that we take pleasure in”.

As you'll learn beneath, I feel it's secure to say we completed the above objectives this yr. Learn on to see how our yr progressed when it comes to enterprise, life, and journey. And, what's in retailer for 2022!

See the earlier reflections posts right here:

Ideas on Journey in 2021

On the finish of 2020, I feel we had all thought (hoped) that life would return to “regular”. But, right here we're two years later, nonetheless coping with the life-altering aftermath of COVID.

Fairly than a 3D, bodily reference to folks, 2020 was stuffed with digital get-togethers. As an alternative of going to eating places, folks ordered in. Fairly than becoming a member of a tour with different people, on-line experiences had been the norm. 

Which will have been advantageous for 2020, however I choose to be with others, shake palms, hug, and stand nearer than 6 ft aside!

After all, everyone seems to be entitled to their very own opinions as as to if or not they really feel it's secure or acceptable for them to journey proper now. Personally, we went for it and jumped in with each ft this yr, and have zero regrets about that.

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Mates of ours, Sarah and Nathan, obtained married whereas in Mexico and this was the proper reception celebration!

We couldn't wait to discover, work together and join with folks, attempt new meals and expertise distinctive issues. In 2020, we had been principally simply in Portugal and Mexico. The world was ready!

By selecting to journey, we helped the native economies, small companies, and the journey business as an entire — to not point out, our psychological well being and total wellbeing.

We're conscious that not everybody is ready to journey proper now, which is one more reason why we didn't need to take our skill to discover without any consideration. 

Contemplating we had been nonetheless in our condominium in Playa del Carmen till Could, I feel we did fairly effectively this yr when it comes to residing a “regular” journey life.

Residing in Playa del Carmen, Mexico

The yr began with a bang, actually.

As we counted all the way down to midnight, Nick and our good buddy Tom virtually misplaced their eyebrows, and singed their leg hair whereas lighting fireworks on the seaside in Playa…what a approach to ring within the new yr! 

At this level, we had been residing in Playa del Carmen, Mexico for nearly 4 months. We had been next-door neighbours with Tom and Anna, and had different good associates and fellow bloggers like Nathan, Sarah, Jen, and Sean residing close by as effectively. 

We even met up for espresso with considered one of our long-time readers! That was so nice.

The yr began off surrounded by associates, which was good. 

Life in Playa del Carmen

The town actually is without doubt one of the best digital nomad destinations in Mexico.

With tremendous quick wifi, a great deal of lodging choices to select from, countless eating places and bars, and plenty of coworking areas, it's no shock that many individuals put down some non permanent roots right here. 

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Our condominium in Playa del Carmen had an enormous rooftop pool

It had every thing we had been in search of on the time after which some.

Once we weren't engaged on our laptops, swimming within the sea, or going for walks, we volunteered strolling canine on the GSPCA, ate at some fabulous eating places, and hungout with associates. 

For essentially the most half, nonetheless, we merely loved residing and having a little bit of a routine at the beginning of the yr. 

Because it felt when we were living in Grenada, it was nice to have a “dwelling” once more, to be surrounded by a neighborhood of like-minded folks, and to be within the sunshine.

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Nick targeted on work at Ah Cacao Cafe in Playa del Carmen. It was good to have a house base for some time.

In the long run, we spent a bit over 8 months residing in Playa between 2020 and 2021. Humorous sufficient, I didn't really write about our time spent there! However I did write a whole guide to living in Playa del Carmen as a digital nomad if you wish to learn that. 

Border Run to Costa Rica

As Canadians, we obtain a 180-day keep in Mexico after we arrive on the border. However, we stayed for 8 months. We had been ready to do this by happening a border run to a close-by nation.

Our nation of alternative was Costa Rica! 

All it took was one textual content message to Tom and Anna, and we had our 12 day Costa Rica street journey journey on the books. Different good associates of ours, Dan and Casey, stay in CR so our first cease was to go to them for a number of days within the beachside city of Uvita.

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Hanging out on the seaside in Costa Rica with Tom, Anna, Dan and Casey. Such an important roadtrip round Costa Rica!

The remainder of the street journey introduced us to the pristine Osa Peninsula within the southern a part of the nation which is stuffed with attention-grabbing wildlife, and to the northern space of La Fortuna with the Arenal Volcano towering over the city.

Right here, we lastly met up with fellow journey bloggers and associates Sam and Yeison. They stay in Costa Rica and run the favored web site, My Tan Toes. It was so nice to lastly meet in particular person.

Our Costa Rica journey was unimaginable, and as we stamped our means again into Mexico, we began planning our subsequent strikes for a number of months later.

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Travelling round Costa Rica with Tom and Anna was a lot enjoyable. An attractive nation

The vacation was higher than we imagined, and once more, we loved extra time spent in particular person with nice associates.

Exploring Extra of Mexico

Through the years, we've been fairly fortunate to see quite a few destinations in Mexico. It's considered one of our favorite international locations on this planet.

After a complete of 8 months in Playa del Carmen, we determined that fairly than go on any extra weekends away, or border runs to close by international locations, it was time to pack up and transfer on.

We spent a month and a half travelling to Manzanillo, the Valle de Guadalupe, Ensenada, Puerto Vallarta, Guanajuato and San Miguel de Allende.

Manzanillo

It had been 3 years since we'd seen household, so our first cease was Manzanillo to go to with Nick's dad and stepmom. It was so good to see them and we loved quite a few enjoyable outings, tasty meals, and catching up. 

Three years is a very long time and it was so nice to get in that high quality time collectively.

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An attractive sundown in Manzanillo

From Manzanillo, we flew north to Tijuana on the Baja peninsula. Right here, we picked up our rental automobile and headed for the Valle de Guadalupe — the wine area of Mexico. 

Valle de Guadalupe

Previous to this latest stint in Mexico, we didn't notice that the nation is thought for its large, daring, juicy pink wines! The Valle de Guadalupe is an extension of the Napa Valley to the north, however with extra affordable costs.

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Cheers from the Valle de Guadalupe. We loved many implausible pink wines right here

We spent 10 days right here, together with our 14th anniversary, whereas sipping on implausible wine, having fun with the acclaimed delicacies, and sleeping in some lovely lodging. You may learn extra about our journey to the Valle de Guadalupe, here.

Puerto Vallarta

We returned to Tijuana and flew to Puerto Vallarta — a metropolis we'd been to quite a few instances.

On this journey, since we'd already seen a lot of the highlights of Puerto Vallarta, we had been in a position to simply sit back and spend time on the seaside, wander round city, and hang around with associates Juri and Nathan who stay in PV.

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A lot enjoyable in Puerto Vallarta hanging out with our associates Nathan and Juri

It was the proper week-long keep, stuffed with seaside time, sunsets, and laughter.

Guanajuato

We hit the skies once more and flew to Guanajuato — our favorite metropolis in Mexico!

This time round, we spent 10 days mountaineering within the surrounding mountains and seeing corners of the town we in any other case wouldn't have because of our expat buddy, Donna.

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Mountaineering across the hills of Guanajuato Metropolis – wonderful!

We walked all over the place, ate tasty meals, and loved the bands that play throughout this musical, cultural metropolis.

San Miguel de Allende

This may be our first time in San Miguel, a vacation spot that may be very common with retirees and expats. We'd heard it's a really picturesque place, just like Guanajuato Metropolis, however extra “polished”.

After 2 weeks right here, I'd say that's a reasonably honest evaluation. 

We weren't right here to expertise simply the colonial metropolis, we had been additionally on a mission to go to the encircling cities and the wineries of Guanajuato state.

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The streets of San Miguel de Allende

And whereas we most well-liked the varietals on the Baja, we had been blown away by the distinctive wineries and implausible meals within the space. Once more, I can't consider we didn't know Mexico produced such implausible wines! 

One more merchandise so as to add to the checklist of reasons why we love Mexico.

Now What?

Once I talked about at the beginning of this text that we felt lots of uncertainty, overwhelm and indecisiveness this yr, it principally began after we weren't positive the place to go from San Miguel. 

It was the start of July at this level, and we had been completely not sure of what to do.

We needed to return to Canada to go to the remainder of our households. It had been three years and we had been overdue for a go to for positive. With guidelines, laws, and restrictions actually altering day by day, it made (makes) planning virtually not possible. 

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We spent every week in Cozumel and beloved our time there! However, after 6 months in Mexico in 2021, it was time to maneuver on.

We had been continuously checking the web to see what the Canadian authorities was selecting to do.

With a 2 week quarantine on arrival (3-5 days of which had been spent in a lodge at our personal value), and three PCR exams — restrictions on getting into the nation had been actually strict, even for residents at this level.

We didn't need to take care of any of that, so we determined to attend it out.

The place ought to we go within the meantime?

We had 2 months left on our Mexico visa, ought to we simply keep right here? No. It was time to maneuver on. Go to Europe? No, that was too far-off from Canada.

Central America? Possibly, however we weren't actually “feeling it”. Again to Grenada? We needed to, however once more, numerous restrictions for getting into.

We actually felt like we had been in limbo, till…

The Good Plan Types

One night whereas we had been in San Miguel de Allende I had a thought. 

Me: “Hey, who's taking good care of your hassle's home in Montana? He hasn't been in a position to cross the land border from Canada for greater than a yr now…”

Nick: “I don't know, why?”

Me: “Weren't you saying you needed to stay in a cabin within the woods, by a lake, and go fishing day-after-day? Possibly we might go there.”

Nick instantly picked up the cellphone. The concept was good and in reality, Nick's brother wished we had considered it sooner as he actually needed a home sitter.

Inside a few days, we had been on a flight certain for the USA.

A Peaceable Time in Montana

It had been a yr and a half since we'd been in a rustic with English as the primary language.

It's one thing we don't usually take into consideration when travelling the world, however having the ability to talk precisely what we wanted whereas within the USA made our keep far more streamlined.

Despite the fact that Nick's brother had owned the home for greater than 2 years, this was the primary time we'd seen the summer time dwelling we'd be staying at. 

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Our dwelling in Montana for two months!

As quickly as we pulled into the driveway, we knew it was precisely what we needed (wanted) at that time. Surrounded by forest and only a brief stroll from the lake, we had been wanting ahead to the following 2 months!

Many Canadians personal summer time properties within the neighbourhood we had been in, however because of the land border between Canada and the USA being closed, nobody might drive throughout…

This was very unlucky for the Canadians with empty properties in Montana, however for us, it meant we had the entire place just about to ourselves.

Our solely neighbours had been deer, and the one sounds we heard had been the wind and birds. It was essentially the most peaceable place.

For 2 months, we loved the Massive Sky state — a spot the place it felt like life was fully regular.

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Weekly live shows in Montana. Whereas right here, we wore ball caps and drank canned beer 😉

Our days had been stuffed with nothing however fly fishing, mountaineering, swimming, and exploring small cities. And, each weekend, we rocked out at an outside live performance with tons of of individuals at a close-by venue!

Life was good.

Returning House After 3 Years Away

As we had hoped, throughout our keep in Montana the Canadian authorities modified the principles for residents returning dwelling! So, we made a transfer north and simply drove throughout the land border from Montana into the province of Alberta. 

There was no quarantine, however we did should fill out some on-line paperwork, do a PCR check earlier than going, and an at-home check after we arrived. 

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One final picture in our yard in Montana. We'll miss this lake property!

We didn't care although, we had been wanting ahead to seeing our households! Over the course of 5 weeks, we travelled by land from Alberta into the province of British Columbia.

We spent high quality time with our nieces, siblings, mother and father, grandparents, aunts and uncles and associates. Numerous recollections had been made and plenty of overdue hugs and chats had been had. We even managed to do some fishing and mountaineering!

It was a beautiful journey again dwelling connecting with the necessary folks in our lives. However, after 5 weeks, we had been prepared to maneuver on once more. 

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Mountaineering across the Okanagan Valley, which is the place we're from in Canada

Once more, we made a last-minute determination (actually 4 days earlier than flying) to move to Europe!

European Travels

Europe is our favorite continent. Despite the fact that every nation is kind of small (particularly when in comparison with Canada), all of them supply distinctive cultures, cuisines and topography. 

Enjoyable Occasions in Amsterdam

It appears not possible given how common this metropolis is, however it was our first time visiting Amsterdam — and it didn't disappoint! 

The mindset and openness of the folks and their progressive methods of considering and doing issues are fascinating. Plus, the town is extremely picturesque with canals and lovely structure. 

We joined a strolling tour, took a ship down the canals, checked out avenue markets, noticed stay music, went to quite a few bars and eating places, visited the Rijksmuseum …and walked all over the place.

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Amsterdam is a metropolis that we are able to see ourselves returning to. It was unimaginable.

In the future we popped right into a wine store (as we frequently do!) and the proprietor requested us if we'd been in there earlier than as we seemed acquainted.

We stated no and proceeded to style some wine with them. After some time, it clicked and AJ says: “Wait, you're Goats On The Street!” His spouse, Malory, however, had no clue who we had been!

Proper then, all of us began speaking a mile a minute about journey and residing overseas.

Then, they invited us out the following night time to considered one of their favorite “brown cafes” (an area neighbourhood pub). Good instances had been had and once more, it was so nice to attach with like-minded folks. 

On high of that, we loved day journeys by prepare to Haarlem and Zaandam after which biked round these areas. We jampacked our 5 days in and round Amsterdam earlier than taking a prepare to Belgium.

Beers in Bruges and Brussels

Subsequent up, every week in Belgium — one other new nation for us.

The Center Age, Gothic-style structure in Bruges is totally attractive. And it's not just some buildings right here and there — all of the buildings, properties (and pubs!) are charming.

Many individuals do a day journey to Bruges, however we determined to spend 3 nights and are so glad we did.

After all, we did lots of the typical issues (canal experience and attempting waffles, fries, and chocolate) however since we had extra time within the metropolis, we had been in a position to see and do a bit extra. 

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Wandering across the beautiful metropolis of Bruges

We sat and had dinners with locals and chatted with them about life in Belgium. Plus, we explored the parks and windmills and sampled many Belgium beers and meals (at many locations). 

From there we moved on to the capital of Brussels. And whereas we thought the Grand Place with its UNESCO-listed structure was extremely beautiful, Brussels simply didn't WOW us like Bruges.

For us, there was simply one thing lacking — it lacked the vibe of Amsterdam and the fantastic thing about Bruges. Fortunately, our subsequent vacation spot didn't lack something…

In Love with Slovenia!

Slovenia was a part of former Yugoslavia, gaining independence in 1991. Today, Slovenia is a member of the EU and is bordered by Croatia, Austria, Hungary, and Italy.

For years now, we've all the time needed to go to Ljubljana, the capital metropolis of Slovenia. 

We joined a strolling tour (as we all the time do after we first get someplace) to be taught as a lot as we might in regards to the historical past and tradition of Slovenia.

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Cheers to lastly being in Slovenia! This viewpoint in Ljubljana was wonderful

Plus, we wandered across the previous city and new city, did hikes in Tivoli Park, went on day journeys for fly fishing, visited the fort, and a lot extra!

The town has all of it: a pedestrian-only middle, an enormous park, a canal operating by the town, lovely structure, nice eating places and wine bars, and it’s an important base to discover surrounding areas.

As we might be taught throughout our 3-week keep, there's a lot extra to the small nation than simply the attractive capital. 

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Nick's fish of a lifetime (to date) was caught whereas fly fishing round Slovenia

We rented a automobile for the remainder of our keep and explored the pristine Soča Valley with its towering alps and crystal-clear rivers, whereas fly fishing with a information for Marble Trout.

We spent a while mountaineering and fishing in and round Lake Bled — which must be one of the crucial picturesque locations on the planet. 

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Mountaineering round Lake Bled – what a view!!

We had been blown away by the sheer measurement of the Postojna Cave, whereas the Predjama Citadel constructed into the facet of the mountain was one thing out of a fairytale.

However, there was extra to come back.

Slovenia is thought for its wine manufacturing, however it's not all that well-known exterior of the nation as they don't do lots of exporting.

Our subsequent cease was the attractive Brda area — the Tuscany of Slovenia.

Our small condominium had attractive views of the vines and whereas it was just about the low season, we loved the autumn colors of the vineyards with fewer crowds.

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The proper view for espresso within the morning! Overlooking the vineyards of the Brda area and Italy within the distance

We spent 3 days within the area, driving throughout to scenic lookout factors and small cities. We even employed a driver for a full day of vineyard visits…and plenty of ingesting.

It was the proper place to spherical off our 3-week keep in Slovenia. There's a lot extra we need to see and do on this underrated nation, and I'm positive we'll return.

Street Tripping By means of Croatia

From Slovenia, we headed south down the coast of Croatia. The final word objective was to fulfill up with Tom and Anna for a rendezvous in Montenegro!

However, fairly than simply beeline it by the nation, we determined to cease in at Zadar, a metropolis we hadn't been to up to now, and return to Dubrovnik.

Because it turned out, Zadar is an unimaginable city. With Roman and Venetian ruins, lovely sunsets, and its location proper on the coast, we might've spent longer than 3 days right here.

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The view of Zadar previous city from our Airbnb condominium – lovely!

We joined a strolling tour and discovered quite a bit in regards to the historical past of Zadar, ate some scrumptious meals and loved the proper location of our Airbnb.

What an important shock! 

From Zadar, we continued on and spent an evening within the lovely, common metropolis of Dubrovnik, earlier than persevering with on.

Assembly Mates in Montenegro

Tom and Anna had been residing in Albania and we had been in Slovenia. So we seemed on the map and got here to an settlement on the place to fulfill up. Montenegro was the nation of alternative!

This may be our second time within the nation, however we went to fully new locations this time round.

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Reunited with Tom and Anna after parting methods in Mexico about 6 months earlier than!

Along with our associates, we road-tripped across the small, various nation for 2 weeks whereas staying collectively in an olive grove dwelling in Ulcinj, a 3-story lake home in Skadar, and in a contemporary lakefront condominium close to the city of Perast. 

To finish the journey, we every obtained a room at an adults-only luxurious lodge within the Bay of Kotor.

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Top-of-the-line lodging we've had. A non-public jacuzzi with views of the Bay of Kotor. Magic!

What was so nice about this street journey collectively was we actually obtained to see lots of the nation. Every journey day, we might cease in at completely different sights on our approach to the following lodging. 

Highlights of the journey embrace visiting the previous city of Bar, taking a ship across the Bay of Kotor for Nick's birthday, the wineries of Skadar, the surprising coastal and seaside walks in Ulcinj, and the attractive drive from Kotor as much as Lovcen Nationwide Park.

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Exploring Skadar Lake by boat. And sure, we had shirts made for this journey “Balkan Besties” haha

The views from the 30 or so hairpin activates the drive to Lovcen had been beautiful. However, essentially the most unimaginable view was discovered within the Nationwide Park on the Mausoleum of Petar II Petrovic-Njegos — a must-see!

After many laughs and recollections made through the two weeks collectively, it was time to half methods with our associates.

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One of many many unimaginable viewpoints on our means as much as the Lovcen Nationwide Park

We drove again by Croatia, this time stopping in Break up for every week to take pleasure in some downtime, numerous coastal and forest walks, and implausible meals. And, to plan our subsequent strikes.

Christmas Market in Frankfurt

Everybody ought to go to a European Christmas market sooner or later of their lives. This may be our first time experiencing one, and whereas issues positively weren't “regular”, it was nonetheless fairly magical.

The pedestrian-only space was stuffed with wood huts serving up conventional sausages, fries, sizzling wine (and beer!), yummy desserts and different greasy snacks.

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Our first European Christmas market didn't disappoint, although issues aren't “regular” proper now.

We loved ourselves surrounded by fellow travellers and locals having fun with quite a few cups of mulled wine. The realm was stuffed with brilliant lights, an enormous Christmas tree, and vacation music.

And, other than bulletins regarding COVID blasting from the loudspeaker occasionally, police ensuring everybody was sporting masks (besides whenever you're ingesting, you don't should), and the lowered opening hours, it felt very festive.

We're simply grateful the market in Frankfurt wasn't cancelled, as so many in Europe had been.

South America Certain

With increasingly more measurements and restrictions coming into place in Germany and its neighbours (and with the winter season approaching), we knew it was time to go away Europe. 

We'd heard a couple of month prior that Argentina had reopened to the world. After greater than a yr and a half of whole lockdown, this was thrilling information!

It was time for us to maneuver from the northern hemisphere to the south, and to the western facet of the world.

Our very lengthy (26 hour) journey took us from Frankfurt (Germany) -> Houston (USA) -> Buenos Aires (Argentina).

Buenos Aires

The final time we visited Argentina was again in 2017, and to be sincere, we weren't overly in love with Buenos Aires — one thing was lacking. This time round, nonetheless, we actually loved our keep!

Our condominium within the Palermo Soho neighbourhood was surrounded by cute parks, avenue artwork crammed alleyways, bars and cafes, and plenty of boutique outlets.

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We actually loved our keep in Buenos Aires this time round!

The locals had been so heat and welcoming and we had some nice experiences with strangers at wine bars, cafes and parks. Plus, we ate at some fabulous eating places, together with the 13th best restaurant on this planet, Don Julio. 

I feel the place we stayed within the metropolis was the primary motive we most well-liked our go to this time.

South to Patagonia

After 5 days in bustling Buenos Aires, we took a flight south to the town of Bariloche within the Lake District of Patagonia.

Right here is the place we've been basing ourselves for the previous couple of weeks and it's the place we've celebrated Christmas and can ring within the New Yr.

We'll be staying in 4 completely different locations over the course of a month, which is sort of annoying, however since we booked so final minute (with a lot uncertainty, it's a must to as of late…) and it's the vacation season, we're fortunate to have discovered wherever to remain!

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That is why we got here to Patagonia – the Lake District is so attractive

The primary condominium was for two weeks and it was good. With a beautiful view of Lake Nahuel Huapi and the encircling mountains, it was an important place to base ourselves and revel in close by hikes, seashores, rivers and eating places. 

Sadly, Nick has been sick with strep throat for a lot of our time right here in Bariloche. Possibly it was because of the lengthy journey days? Altering climates? A brand new atmosphere? Stress? No matter it was, it was fairly tough for him, however fortunately he's on the mend and we are able to get again to having fun with ourselves.

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What a view! This spot is actually a ten minute drive from our condominium right here in Bariloche. 

Being surrounded by nature right here within the Lake District is the proper place to concentrate on our objectives and goals for 2022 and to essentially take into consideration what we wish for the brand new yr. 

Is Journey Price it Proper Now?

Admittedly, travelling as of late isn’t straightforward. It may be worrying, dearer as a result of testing necessities, and fairly frankly, airports merely aren't a enjoyable place to be proper now.

There are quite a few logistics to consider in relation to what paperwork you want, what the doorway necessities are, and what restrictions are in place whenever you arrive.

These are a few issues discovered this previous yr of travelling across the globe. 

We should be organized — extra so than traditional

There's a lot to determine as of late, so Googling and becoming a member of journey/expat teams has actually helped us out to know precisely what we have to carry, put together, or do with the intention to journey to the nation.

We did our analysis, after which continued to analysis up till the day we left — issues modified day by day in some circumstances.

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We attempt to keep away from getting PCR exams and journey to locations that don't require them. But it surely's changing into the “norm” as of late…

Minimizing flights

When potential, we travelled by land this yr, however we couldn't all the time. The objective was to go by land and decrease flights when potential, which we did. 

The airports are loopy as of late with a great deal of additional hassles and safety/well being measures. However, for those who journey by prepare, bus, automobile, or campervan, the land borders are usually far more lenient and fewer overwhelming. 

For us, taking the prepare in Europe, and driving our rental automobile throughout borders was easy and satisfying. It was a stamp-and-go scenario generally, or within the case of the EU, there's no stamping and primarily no borders.

Once we went to airports, we needed to arrive hours prematurely to verify we had our paperwork so as. It felt like all we had been doing was continuously exhibiting our paperwork to completely different folks on the airport.

Plus, there was nothing however ominous bulletins about COVID and well being over the loudspeakers, seat separators within the boarding areas, and in Germany, police coming by to verify your masks was on completely.

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Someplace throughout our 24-hour journey from Germany to Argentina. Throughout flights, it's a must to put on a masks (except you're consuming)

To not point out, sporting a masks for a lot of hours on a airplane isn't the simplest or most comfy factor to do! After all, flying is a should in lots of circumstances, however we tried to restrict our flights and after we did, it was a extra relaxed journey for positive. 

Reserving with free cancellation 

Most airways have eliminated their flight change charges, however not all of them. When it got here to reserving flights, we checked their insurance policies and in the event that they didn't supply free flight modifications, we'd pay additional for “versatile fares”.

We moved our flight to Argentina a few instances, and it didn't value us something in change/cancellation charges. We merely needed to pay the distinction within the fare (which, because it turned out, was lower than we booked so we obtained a credit score!)

The identical goes for reserving rental automobiles and motels and Airbnbs. We've been ensuring there are good cancellation insurance policies in place (simply in case) earlier than reserving and paying. 

Simply go for it!

Our objective for the yr was to attach with folks and to journey. Simply go was the motto. For those who really feel secure now, journey whilst you can (for those who can) as tomorrow isn't promised.

The federal government web sites make it appear to be it's not possible to go to their nation, whereas dwelling international locations could make it tough so that you can come again.

To not point out, entrance necessities are all the time written in a really complicated means.

However, many individuals are travelling proper now. It's doable.

And when you're on the street, you'll notice that it's probably not that difficult and half the time the paperwork that had been so annoying to organize gained't even be checked by anybody…

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Go for it, journey, see the world. If we've discovered something over the previous 2 years, it's to not take something without any consideration.

Journey is totally potential and for those who give your self sufficient time to plan and analysis, you'll have a wonderful journey! Exploring our lovely world is most positively price the entire present complications and roadblocks.

Not solely does the journey business want our assist, however when you arrive at your vacation spot, the planning overwhelm simply melts away and all that's left to do is take pleasure in your journey. 

We're extremely grateful and grateful for the travels we had been ready to do that yr!

Objectives and Ideas for 2022

As we spherical out 2021 and stay up for 2022, there are many issues we need to accomplish — most of that are associated to enterprise and our private lives.

You'll discover that this text isn't associated to enterprise in any respect. This yr, we principally managed our groups and didn't spend all that many hours on our laptops. We had been extra targeted on our private lives and travelling. 

Whereas it's nice that we've constructed our companies in a means that they produce passive earnings, we need to be extra concerned with our web sites once more. 

This yr of “connections” has reminded us how necessary our private connections with folks actually are, and that features you… our readers.

We actually need to be extra private on this weblog once more and have enjoyable connecting with the individuals who learn this weblog occasionally.

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Will journey for meals! Consuming some yummy, and photogenic meals in Montenegro

Press Journeys and Campaigns

We're really beginning the yr off with two actually thrilling press journeys. One has been provided right here in Argentina by our area of interest web site, whereas the opposite is for Goats On The Street someplace within the Caribbean. We'll announce that quickly, so keep tuned for updates on these!

We're actually completely happy to see partnerships within the journey sphere persevering with even amid the entire chaos, and we stay up for working along with extra manufacturers because the yr progresses. 

Being Artistic Once more

We'll be specializing in being extra artistic. This yr I hardly wrote an article right here on GOTR, I barely posted on Instagram and we didn't create a single video for our Youtube channel!

Whereas I don't remorse it, as we had been busy having fun with being within the second and travelling the world, we each actually benefit from the artistic facet of our companies.

2021 was spent principally managing our group of content material creators, however for 2022 we're each feeling the pull to get again into it. We're wanting ahead to connecting with you extra by our articles, our publication and social media channels. 

For those who haven't completed so but, be certain that to subscribe to our publication here.

Have a Correct Base

Our subsequent main objective is to have a house.

Someplace that we are able to name “dwelling” year-round and use as a base to discover from. 

We'll be spending the yr looking for that good spot.

Ideally, that vacation spot would have forests, mountains, seashores, and rivers. A spot with numerous facilities, a neighborhood of like-minded folks, and delightful lodging for hire (oh, and Nick says he wants there to be fly fishing).

Our good place would have quite a lot of eating places, implausible wine, and quite a few enjoyable issues to see and do. I'd prefer it to be reasonably priced, comfy, and have a great vibe. It additionally must be well-connected to different elements of the world. 

That's not asking for an excessive amount of, proper?!

This “pull” for a spot to name dwelling has develop into stronger over the previous yr. We each actually loved residing in Playa del Carmen for 8 months and up to now, we've beloved having a house in Grenada. However, these had been all non permanent. 

We're able to have an deal with to placed on varieties.

We're able to have a spot to go away our private possessions after we're away travelling as an alternative of regularly promoting or donating after which rebuying. 

We're prepared to completely unpack our stuff for longer than a few months.

We're able to have full-time associates and neighborhood.

Thank YOU!

Nick and I need to thanks for following our journey this previous yr and all of the years prior. A lot of you have got caught with us by so many various iterations of this weblog and of our running a blog journey.

We're completely happy to say that for these of you who take pleasure in our private journey tales and day-to-day lives, that content material will likely be returning in an enormous means in 2022. We need to re-connect with this unimaginable on-line neighborhood of like-minded “goats”.

2021 was all about wanting to attach and work together with folks, and whereas we'd not have met up with you in particular person, we actually do admire the entire emails you ship us, and the feedback you permit on our articles, movies, and social posts. 

Our Tribe is what retains this web site going and with out you, there could be no Goats.

Wishing you an plentiful, wholesome, joyful new yr.

Dariece and Nick

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