Sketch of 2014

Sketch of 2014

I’ve been sketching out my travel plans for the rest of the year. I’m posting them here for three reasons:
1) As a backup for myself
2) For friends & family who are thinking about visiting during the course of the year
3) Because it’s fun for me to think about it and look for photos!

If you want to visit me: Airfare is expensive, of course, but once you get to where I am, I can usually add you to my room for $0-15 per night. And we can spend as little or as much on food and recreation as you want, it’s up to you. We can cook & eat in very cheaply.

I’ve had to postpone going to Ethiopia until fall, because the airfare from Europe is quite a bit higher than my initial research suggested. I’m going to wait until after the rainy season so I can stay longer and visit Kenya/Tanzania at the same time.

I also had to give up the idea of going to the opera in Paris for now. I’m very disappointed, but money is just too tight.

Here’s a snapshot of my current thinking

First half of March – Morocco
One week in Tangier for working & shopping, one in Chefchaouen for hiking & trekking

Chefchaouen, Morocco, the Blue City.



Chefchaouen is a great place for hiking and trekking, surrounded by mountains and villages.
Late March: Cadiz, Spain

All the Spaniards tell me that Cadiz is their favorite spot, with the best beaches and people in Spain.

(not sure about my travel to Belgium – one option would take me through Seville, maybe I’ll spend a day or two there?)

First half of April – Belgium. 

I’ve been lucky enough to be invited to stay with a friend in Leuven, Belgium. Not just any friend — one of my favorite “imaginary” internet friends, who I’ve wanted to meet for about a decade, I think!

Second half of April: London & UK

I’ll be seeing friends, old and new, and attending some dance events in England.

May – June (or mid-July): Turkey 

Hopefully I’ll get to meet up with friends-and-family-of-friends in Istanbul to enjoy the beautiful scenery, music and food.
I hope to visit the remarkable cave homes and rock formations of Cappadocia.
I’ve been invited to do some volunteer work at an organic farm and vacation lodge in the magical coastal town of Cirali, Turkey at the end of June. I get two weeks’ free lodging in return for some marketing work and yoga lessons (probably some kitchen work, too).

mid-July through mid-September: Italy

I should be around Florence for my birthday in September. Maybe I can go to an opera there?
I’ll be meeting up with a very dear friend in Tuscany in August
Wanting to see Venice is my earliest wanderlust memory.
Of course, one should try to visit Rome as well….

At this point, things get vague. I have to balance my time in the Schengen countries, so if I want to go to Greece, I’ll have to cut my time in Italy a bit short. I might also line up a volunteer project in Israel, there’s one I’ve got my eye on that involves scuba lessons!

October – Tanzania/Kenya

Again, I’m looking at a couple of volunteer projects. I’ll probably have to take time off work, due to internet issues in Africa, but it looks like I can live on $40 a week in a volunteer homestay situation, so I should be able to afford that.

I cannot WAIT to go on a photo safari and do some hiking in Africa!
kenya (1)
A volunteer project will help me connect with the people in Africa.


November: Ethiopia

And then, finally, the very ancient and fascinating civilization of Ethiopia!
Again, I hope to find volunteer work to help me connect with locals. I also hope to do some trekking and hiking in this beautiful country.

In the cold months, I will go someplace warm. Possibilities include: Greece, southern India, Canary Islands, Indonesia, Vietnam, or the Fiji Islands.

Then…well, I’m not sure. We shall see!


Published by Lauren

I'm a nomadic freelance writer, out enjoying the world!


  • Catherine

    February 26, 2014 at 4:56 pm

    wish I could join you in Turkey or Italy . . . maybe some day i’ll be able to join up with you.

  • Debbie Carter

    February 28, 2014 at 7:39 pm

    Sounds amazing. Enjoy and best of luck to you!

  • Sue Guetterman

    March 2, 2014 at 3:20 pm

    Sounds wonderful, Lauren!!! Enjoy & stay safe!!