Coming up: Iceland (And France, and Spain too)

It’s been quiet on the social media front lately. That only means one thing: I’ve been busy catching up on works on all front because there’s a trip coming. A big one. I feel so lucky that my work as a freelancer allows me to work from anywhere in the world. But the reality is, when I’m on the road, I don’t feel like working. So that’s why weeks beforehand I’m poring over Basecamp tasks as opposed to maps and travel forums.

Anyway departure time is coming near (next week!) and I’m ready to blab on about my plans.

Remember when I finally became a US citizen? I’ve been itching to put a stamp or two on my new shiny passport and I finally have my chance!

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I’m going to Iceland! And France! And Spain too!

Iceland

Beautiful Iceland
Photo by Moyan

Iceland has all of my favorite things. Mountains? Check. Glaciers? Check. Friendly locals? Check. Cute local faunas and roadtrip worthy sceneries? Check and check.

So of course I’m excited.

I’m going to spend 8 days traveling around the island and pitching a tent on the roadside at the end of the day.

Camping Iceland's camping equipment
Camping Iceland’s camping equipment

My car from Camping Iceland comes equipped to go wherever the road takes me; a tent, cooking utensils, mattresses, a camping table/chairs, practically everything one needs for a comfortable camping experience.

My plan for Iceland combines 2 of my favorite things in the world. 3 actually. Road trips, great sceneries, and camping.

Seriously, this is going to be an awesome adventure.

Paris, Normandy, and Brittany

Mt. Saint Michel in Brittany by Yann Pinczon du Sel

Instead of hopping all over France, I’ve decided to focus on specific regions. The way I travel changes as I get older to focus more on quality over quantity. That, and I’m getting old and can’t handle long travel days anymore.

I’m meeting up with my brother who currently lives in Germany in Paris (remember him?) and we’re going on a roadtrip around Normandy and Brittany.

So why Normandy and Brittany? On paper, it sounds nice: rugged coastline, castles, history, and cheese. I like that it promises smaller towns and villages – more countryside than big cities. Which is totally my thing.

Northern Spain

Asturia, Northern Spain by Lorenzo Martín Iglesias

Why northern spain?
August in Europe is not the most ideal time to be in Europe. That’s what everybody says. The heat, the crowds – I’ve been warned. So when I asked on Facebook of where to go to avoid the worst of the crowds and the heat – northern Spain kept popping up.

One look at Picos de Europa National Park and I’m sold.

Picos de Europa in Northern Spain by Peter Clark
Picos de Europa in Northern Spain by Peter Clark

Again, instead of zig-zagging all over the country, I’m going to spend a few weeks just exploring this region. Lazy traveling at its best.

Galicia, Asturia, Pamplona – these names mean nothing to me right now which really makes me both anxious and excited. Nothing like setting foot in a place not quite knowing what to expect.

Hope you come along for the journey.

Have you been to any of these places? Which one do you want to hear more about?

9 Replies to “Coming up: Iceland (And France, and Spain too)”

  1. Just discovered your blog and I love it! I want to keep clicking on and bookmarking articles all morning.

    I’m looking forward to reading more about all of these destinations! I have lived in Spain for several years and definitely agree that northern Spain is absolutely gorgeous. Many people prefer the more “traditional” Andalucia region, but I can’t help but be charmed by all the green and coastal views available up north. Recently I visited Asutrias for a wedding and fell even harder for the region. Enjoy the cider and seafood while you’re there!

  2. Hi there,
    Thx for putting my credits for my picture of the Mont Saint Michel, I see this picture a lot on internet, and most people seems to believe it’s ok to use someone’s picture without crediting him…
    So thanks again for giving credits, and have a nice trip there !
    Yann

  3. Can’t wait to hear your experience in Northern Spain. Many of my clients are looking for that Spain experience but without the crowds as well. Safe travels!

  4. Brittany and Normandy are great for road tripping – I recommend checking out Bayeux and the famous tapestry, Dinan, Dinard and Saint Malo in Brittany and Honfleur in Normandy. Mont Saint Michel in Normandy is also of course amazing – we did a tour of the Monastry which was great.

  5. Sounds like one amazing trip, Jill! And hey, since you’re a US citizen now you have the luxury to travel to more countries without having to worry about visa as opposed to your past Indonesian passport, which I’m still using right now. :p Safe travels and take a lot of photos!

  6. Have you thought about doing the Camino de Santiago? Or a portion of it at least? It cuts through Northern Spain, which is where you intend to be anyways. I think you might like that….

    1. Hi Yixin, unfortunately I don’t time to do it this time. I’d love to do a portion that goes through the Pyrenees though, I heard it’s amazing!

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