The gates have officially been opened... D wanted to let everyone know that although this down time was longer than previous, he knew it was going to happen. I'm not feeling antsy to go away immediately or anything -- Far from it actually. Just cannot turn my mind off from exploring and learning, even if it doesn't lead to anything concrete.
A bit ashamed to admit I've burned up more hours researching new to me countries and logistics in the last week than I actually spent working. Which led me to start my work week feeling as if it was already Thursday... Completely self inflicted.
For me, it never hurts to understand how different regions of the world goes about doing things. It might come in handy some day. I just tuck away the knowledge for when an opportunity or desire surfaces and I'll already have a head start, or at least an idea if I'm interested or not.
I'm happy though. Have learned a whole lot, ruled out a couple of other places and approaches for now and although the current prospects frighten me a little, I have booked 2 hotels in the anticipation of new adventures. Until I actually plunk down money on the flights, it isn't necessary firm but the picture of possibilities in my mind are getting stronger and clearer. I'm slowly psyching myself up (and out) about it.
I'm limiting myself to 3 trips next year (We will be heading out west also but I don't consider that a "real" trip, instead a visit home) so the goal is to make them extra special. It's a bit of a tall order as I've done some real peak (to me) discoveries recently. And I don't mean financially going all out either.
A better descriptor would be I'm aiming to push myself in a different way next year. To stretch myself mentally and emotionally. Despite always seeming to have a strong need to thrust myself "out there", I do feel I live in a bit of a protective bubble. Time to start shaking things up gently. We'll see how this all ends up going down. It's easy to feel oh so brave in front of a screen.