My story in a nutshell: I was a DN from 2017 till late last year. I started out with no plan and a one-way ticket to Malaysia. I picked up some work along the way, bounced around countries, fell in love with Vietnam, took up cycling, and simply had an awesome life.
A brain tumor sent me back to the US late last year. I’m fine now, but I haven’t made a move or started working again. Vietnam’s handling of the pandemic in 2021 has been atrociously poor, and between that and changing visa regulations, chances are slim I’ll ever get to experience my old life again.
I’m more of a slow traveler, so I prefer to find someplace(s) I love and treat it as a home base as much as is feasible. However, since the world is now a patchwork of restrictions (and flying is now quite unpleasant), it is a lot harder to “try before you buy.” If you don’t like Bali, it’s no longer a given that you can just hop over to Thailand and give it a go, for example.
Like, I thought about Georgia earlier this year. I had two friends who were DNing there (not together). I couldn’t pull the trigger, though. I just kept thinking, “What if I don’t like it?” And a video chat with one of those friends kinda confirmed my hunch.
Anyone else feeling like this? Maybe part of it’s due to getting older and having a clearer idea of what you are looking for, as well.