My Summer Travel Plans

Posted on May 24, 2017 by

I can’t believe summer is already quickly approaching. It almost feels like the year has just started — we left for our three-month trip in Southeast Asia in late January and only just got back to Spain in early May. So it feels almost as if we missed most of spring.

I guess what they say is true. Time flies when you’re having fun!

Anyway, we’ve just spent three weeks at home in Granada, and it’s kinda nice to stay still for awhile. I’ve actually been enjoying some downtime, settling back to our routine and meeting more people in Granada. I also finally found the time to write more about life in Spain, which is a huge achievement considering I’ve been wanting to do it for 7 years now!

I’ll be sure to write more about my feeling about my adopted home, but it’s time to hit the road again. I’ve got so many exciting travel plans lined up for the next few months that I thought I’ll share them here with you.

Running My First Tour to Tibet

I’m making my way to Tibet just as we speak, to meet up with 12 other travellers who will be joining my first ever WildJunket tour. I’ll be catching the train from Beijing to Lhasa and then our tour will begin proper when we get there. I’m really excited as we’ll be visiting the best monasteries and palaces of Tibet and also heading up to Everest Base Camp.

It’s taken six months of hard work (organizing, promoting etc) and it’s so exciting to finally see it come to reality. The idea of the tour first came about when I got bored of traveling solo. You might have noticed I started roping in good friends on my trips to the Caucasus last year and Ethiopia this Jan. I love going to places that are off the grid and hard to get to, but I don’t like going alone. And that’s why I decided to launch my own tours and bring together like-minded travellers who like traveling independently with other fun adventurers.

Thanks to your support, my Tibet trip got fully booked within three months! I’m just about to launch a tour to Iraqi Kurdistan which will run this October, and I hope it will be just as well received. Read here to find out more.

India — Up in the Air

In June, my husband Alberto will be going to northern India for work so Kaleya and I are tagging along. He’s a computer engineer in case you guys are wondering, and he’s there to train some new employees of the company. Anyway, it’s all yet to be confirmed so we’re not sure if this is going to work out but I’m really hoping to let Kaleya experience India.

Alberto and I went to India in 2013, and I loved the craziness. The energy, the noise, the colors all give such a sensory overload. There’s just nowhere else like India and I can’t wait to go back. I’m also hoping to cross the border over to Pakistan since we’ll be near Amritsar, but we’ll see how it all pans out.

Iceland and Greenland — Oh so Epic!

I’m beyond excited about my trip to Iceland and Greenland in late July. Greenland has been a place I’ve dreamt of going for a long time, especially after traveling Svalbard and Antarctica. Visit Greenland kindly invited me on a press trip to Nuuk and the surrounding fjords, so I’ll be spending a week sailing, hiking and fishing around the area. Feel free to follow my journey on social media using the following #greenlandpioneer and #colorfulnuuk.

Since I’ll be flying from Iceland to Greenland, I’m making use of this transit to revisit the land of fire and ice. Iceland’s budget airline, WOW Air, has kindly sponsored flights to Iceland for us, so we’ll writing about our flight experience here. I can’t wait to show Kaleya this beautiful country and see just how family-friendly it can be. We’ll also be visiting one of our closest friends who’s from Iceland, can’t wait to hang out!

Dominican Republic and Haiti — Cool Summer

Right after Greenland, we’ll be heading all the way to the Caribbean for an actual holiday (no work involved!). I nabbed some promo airfares on Iberia and paid only 200 euros (US$220) for a return ticket from Malaga to Punta Cana. Dominican Republic will be country #116 for me and I think it’ll be fun exploring it with Alberto and Kaleya, beyond the all-inclusive resorts. We also hope to cross the border to Haiti and explore the northern area around Cap Haitien. Haiti is actually the real reason for this trip, but since flying there is so expensive, we thought we’d kill two birds with one stone by flying to DR. My brother-in-law is originally from Haiti, and I’ve always wanted to learn more about his country and culture.

That’s it for now! It’s going to be a very busy summer for me as you can tell — but I’m thrilled to be visiting places that I’ve wanted to see for ages. I had no summer plans just three weeks ago, and suddenly everything just fell into place. Like they say, life can be unpredictable — but in a good way!

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Flickr image by Antonio Castagna

About Nellie Huang

Nellie Huang is a professional travel writer and blogger with a special interest in off-grid destinations and adventure travel. Her mission is to visit every country in the world. In her quest, she's climbed an active volcano in Iceland, swam with sealions in the Galapagos, built a school in Tanzania, waddled with penguins in Antarctica, crossed into North Korea and drank beer in Palestine.

3 Responses to “My Summer Travel Plans”

  1. Annika May 24, 2017 4:57 pm #

    I’m very curious to read more about the Iraqi Kurdistan tour, but cannot find the link in your post! Where can I find more info?

  2. Pirkko / Meriharakka May 24, 2017 6:16 pm #

    In Greenland you should really try to also get to Ilulissat. The icefjord there is the best what that gigant island can offer.
    Here is a link to our summary story about Greenland – at the end of it are links to all the stories I wrote from there.
    http://meriharakka.net/2015/08/10/milla-hinnalla-gronlantiin/

    I write in Finnish, but the pictures do not have a language and I guess google translator can also do something.
    You could also contact me for questions in case there would be something.

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