As many of you know, Danielle and I decided to go our separate ways for some solo traveling in the spring, before reuniting this summer in Israel.
We had planned to continue blogging together on The Roaming Coconuts, however we quickly realized that sharing a blog from different continents would be a bit tricky. Coordinating blog posts while Danielle is in Ethiopia and I’m in Iran? Maybe not the best idea.
But beyond a practical standpoint, blogging separately was proving a little stressful on both sides. When we were traveling together we usually ended up writing posts together as well. But when I had to write posts on my own, I suddenly felt like I was setting myself up to be compared to Danielle.
I felt like my writing was worse than hers, my posts not as clever, and my photos less impressive. Sitting down to write about a place, I felt an extra pressure to write something good enough for her standards.
It was all incredibly silly, especially as once we talked, it turned out she was feeling much the same way. I mean hello, it’s a blog! It’s for fun! Neither of us should have been feeling that way about it.
So after a lot of thought, I’ve decided to write separately over here at Heart My Backpack. We still might co-write some posts and I’m sure we’ll be popping up on each other’s blogs quite a bit. This will just be easier and less confusing for everyone.
Phew, that out of the way, I’m sure everyone (someone?) is wondering: what’s next?
I don’t have any plans set in stone, but I have a rough outline of my travels for the next half year. It looks like this:
If you tilt your head to the left, it sort of looks like the outline of a girl’s hair, no?
Okay the plan:
I’m in Norway now, and on Thursday I will fly back to Thailand to spend a month there with my friends.
In March I will (hopefully) fly to Iran (on my Norwegian passport of course), then travel overland up to Armenia and Georgia.
Then I plan on getting a ferry across the Black Sea to the Ukraine. I’ll go up to Transnistria and maybe over to Moldova and… then I might have run out of time.
In early May I have tentative plans to meet some friends in South Africa. Hopefully we’ll also get a chance to explore some surrounding countries, like Namibia and Botswana.
In June I will head up to Jordan and then Israel, where I will reunite with Danielle!
Then after Israel I will probably return to Norway to have some quality time with my family.
All this could change of course. As of now I only have my flight to Thailand booked.