Saturday, May 27th, 2017

Landed in Europe — and the Next Plans


Greetings from England — and I’m thrilled to be on the road again!

I’ve spent the past few days back in Chester.  This was a very welcome way to start my fall in Europe — spending time with Dave, cooking, going out with friends, seeing The Inbetweeners Movie.  I’m a bit sad to leave so soon, but I’ll be back in 10 days.

This evening, I hop on a flight to Munich.  I’ve never been to Munich — nor even Germany! — and I’ve heard great things almost universally, so I’m planning for a fun time.

Tomorrow will be spent all day in Munich, and the day after, I leave for Innsbruck, Austria, and the Travel Bloggers Unite conference.  I’m really looking forward to this event, seeing many of my travel blogger friends, and meeting with potential sponsors.

One nice thing about the conference is that there are free post-conference tours.  I will be on a two-day tour in Austria’s Tirol region, going canyoning, go-karting, bobsledding (!!) and whitewater rafting!  (I also heard this tour is just me and five guys — it’s just like Vietnam all over again!)

After that tour, I’ve been invited by Liechtenstein’s tourism board to spend a few days in the principality.  I’m very much looking forward to this — most particularly, going wine tasting in the prince’s own wine cellar!

All in all, when I return to England on the 1st of September, I will have visited three new countries, made many more friends, and hopefully have locked up some new business opportunities.  And I can’t ask for anything better than that.

As for the future, I hope to have more to tell you soon.  But once again, the nagging truth is that I need to find a non-UK, non-Schengen area where I can spend around one third of my time here.  The more I think about it, the best option might be cheap holidays to Egypt, specifically, Dahab.  It’s a cheap Egyptian beach town and there are tons of cheap flights to Sharm el Sheikh.  Truth be told, I’ve never had a huge desire to visit Egypt, but I’ve heard that Dahab is a lot like my beloved Sihanoukville.

But again, things are still up in the air, and I’ll have to wait and see.

In the meantime, get ready for posts about Germany, Austria and Liechtenstein!


19 Responses to “Landed in Europe — and the Next Plans”
  1. That’s awesome Kate, sounds like you will be having heaps of fun! – Great to have you back in Europe 🙂

  2. vira says:

    wow, you’re lucky, Egypt is in my top 5 to visit 😀

    have fun in Europe!

  3. Sue says:

    I hope you enjoy Munich! Next time you’ll have to visit Hamburg, too. Have a nice trip, I am looking forward to some pics 😉

  4. Adam says:

    Berlin gets my vote even if it’s Schengen. But Dahab wouldn’t be a bad backup. Only place that ever reminded me of Dahab in Southeast Asia were some of the islands in Cambodia, and honestly, I’m not certain they completely relate.

  5. A free rafting/adventure trip sounds amazing, and Egypt doesn’t sound too shabby either. Have fun at TBU!

  6. all of those trips sound so exciting. that town of Chester looks adorable. looks like my kind of place! have fun, and congrats on those exciting trip/business opportunities!

  7. All of that sounds so fun. I look forward to reading about your adventures.

  8. Can’t wait to both read and see you this week! 🙂

  9. I hope you will have great weather in Munich so that you can enjoy a couple of steins at the Chinese Tower (a huge open air beer garden in the English Garden park) or watch the surfers on the river in the English Garden (yes there are surfers in the city!)

  10. Hi Kate, I was i the Austrian Tyrol earlier this year, Hopftgarten, it was beautiful, went tandem paragliding, if you get the chance try that…

  11. Ivy says:

    As a non-Schengen destination, and definitely promising adventures, I’d recommend Bosnia. A lot of houses still look very post-war but people are incredibly hospitable and friendly. Don’t know the visa requirements for US citizens though.

    Enjoy your trip! And tell us about Liechtenstein. Nobody knows shit about Liechtenstein.

  12. tom says:

    hope you enjoy the trip. As for hiding out in a cheap non UK non schengen area Dahab is a good call its cheap relaxing and quiet you can get a visa for 90 days too

    Other than that Turkey is just as cheap 🙂

  13. Matt says:

    Sounds like an awesome line up. Lichtenstein. Don’t know anything about it, but I’m sure it would be a great place to visit. Have fun bobsledding!!

  14. Sheryll says:

    Loving the updates! Hope you enjoy your time in Europe!

  15. Dan Thompson says:

    Sweet, a place that I’ve been and you haven’t! 🙂 I’m anxious to see what you find that I missed!

    Safe travels,

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