2019: Where Are These Digital Nomads Traveling to Next?

Jan 10, 2019    /    things i like

So, it’s 2019 and from the cozy, comforting warmth of our living room overlooking the Swiss Alps, Chad and I have yet again been planning.

Where will we go this year? What do we need to accomplish? Will we apply for residency and settle into a European base?

These are the questions we’re working on. And we have a tentative set of answers. But we also need some suggestions. For where to base in Ireland and what to see in Georgia and whatever else you guys might recommend.

So, without further ado, here’s our ghost of a plan. If you have suggestions for any of these places, please leave a comment!

Late Winter: Tbilisi, Georgia

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For work, Chad needs to head to Georgia for a bit, so that’s our next destination.

We’re not sure how long we’ll be there, but I’d love suggestions for must-sees (and must-eats) in Tbilisi and nearby!

Spring: Split, Croatia

Depending on how we like Georgia and how long Chad ends up needing to be there for work, our next stop may be Split, Croatia. I spent a month there several years ago and loved it for its cute offshore islands, huge fresh market, amazing views, very nice people, and adorable old town.

Spring: Erfurt, Germany

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The exact dates and our exact location are up in the air on this one. Chad will need to be in a nearby town for a big client launch sometime in the spring, but we’re still waiting for the client to confirm dates and we’re still not sure where we should base.

If any of you know the general area, please let me know! I’d love to know where you’d base if you were in our shoes.

Summer: Ireland

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We need to stay out of the schengen zone for at least part of the summer in order to come back in and vacation in the fall. And the place that sounds most lovely for a summer-long trip? Ireland.

We haven’t picked a base city (or two or three) yet and I’d love to know your suggestions. We’d love to find something close to incredible nature for me and with a good co-working space and perhaps tech community for Chad. Suggestions?

September: Fast-Travel Vacation!

Much of this year’s planning centers around our September vacation. We haven’t decided on location yet, but we do know it’ll be an active trip of some sort. Either we’ll cycle across a region or country, walk a long-distance walking path, or fast-travel by train and walk/cycle in each short-term base.

October: Switzerland

This winter, Chad fell in love with Switzerland and I fell back in love with it, so chances are we’re headed back this way after vacation late in the year. We haven’t decided which town yet, so if you have suggestions, toss them our way! Should we spend some more time in Lucerne or Interlaken? Are the French cantons calling our name? Where would you base if you were heading to Switzerland in the fall/winter?


So, suggestions? Where in Ireland should we base? What should we do in Tbilisi? Are there any particularly charming spots near Erfurt, Germany? And calling all foodies – give me your snootiest food recommendations in each of those places, please! Would love any suggestions you might have.

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11 Comments
  • Lynne Nieman
    January 10, 2019

    Oh Ireland! I think I gave some suggestions on FB. But I’d recommend Schull and West Cork, Kenmare which is right by Killarney National Park and is a fab town. Do NOT stay in Killarney Town … overtouristed! I’d think about Clifden, the capital of Connemara in County Galway. You’ll love all the outdoor things to do nearby. Dunfanaghy up in County Donegal is wonderful as well and this is an under-visited (by Americans) county. Gorgeous up there. Consider Scotland and walking the 96 mile West Highland Way for part of your vacation time. You can hook that up with the Great Glen Way to extend it another week. You can walk the WHW in about a week. I’ll look forward to reading your adventures!

    • gigigriffis
      January 10, 2019

      Thank you! I can’t do Scotland again because I’m on the UK’s Stop and Harass list and I can’t go through being detained and mistreated by them again. Super excited about Ireland, though!

  • Rachel
    January 10, 2019

    I’d choose between Galway or Dublin personally. In Dublin there’s loads of trips you can do at weekends, like Howth, Killiney, Bray, and the gorgeous Wicklow mountains (and the weather is slightly better than other parts of the country).
    In Galway, you’re close to Clare, The Burren, and Connemara. It’s cheaper than Dublin, but the weather…expect lots of wind and rain in the west! In general Ireland is super expensive for acommodation – I tend to look into house sitting when I visit because Dublin prices are crazy. Love to know what you decide, and how you get on!

    • gigigriffis
      January 14, 2019

      Thanks!

  • Jim Penman
    January 10, 2019

    Hi Gigi,

    for your potential jaunt to Ireland this year, I suggest you look at the charming little town of Westport. Although US-based now, I’ve travelled extensively in Ireland with my wife and this is by far our favorite place. Of course Dublin is the place to be for the wild social scene, but we typically veer more towards quieter locales. That said, on any given night you can enjoy great live music at Matt Malloy’s bar in Westport. It’s all rather charming as nothing much seems to be going on for most of the night. Then out of nowhere, a bunch of miscellaneous instruments appear from across the room and are passed around to what at first seem to be a random set of people spread throughout the room. A spontaneous eruption of traditional Irish music then follows. It really is quite the thing to witness. The owner, Matt Malloy, by the way is one of the musicians from the world renowned “Dubliners” band, though he is rarely in the pub from what I can tell – still touring after what must now be more than 50 years.

    • gigigriffis
      January 14, 2019

      Will definitely look it up as I start researching – thank you!

  • Allyson
    January 11, 2019

    I loved my base in Lauterbrunnen. It is REALLY small but it’s a 20-minute train to Interlaken and heaps more quaint and natural feeling.

    I also walked the Camino de Santiago in Spain in September this year (which I genuinely think it the best time to walk it). I don’t know that it would feel like “fast” travel because it is a slow pace of seeing only 20-35 KM of the country per day. It was an AMAZING experience to have.

    • gigigriffis
      January 11, 2019

      Funny you say that, I used to live in Lauterbrunnen! It’s a bit small for Chad, but it’s still one of my favorite places.

  • Ali
    January 13, 2019

    My friend Katie spent quite a bit of time in Georgia a few years back and might have some tips. She has some info on her blog here https://katieaune.com/category/destinations/georgia/ and I’m sure you could reach out to her and ask a few questions. I’m kind of jealous you’re going there, it sounds interesting, and I’ve been itching for more “different” kinds of travel destinations lately. Also very jealous of Ireland, really high on my list and I hate that I haven’t made it there yet. But I love your plan for this year, and obviously I’d love it if you ended up with a base in Switzerland again!
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    • gigigriffis
      January 14, 2019

      Thank you!

  • Claire
    January 15, 2019

    I’m not sure about co-working spaces but generally people seem to love Cork in Ireland.

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