Ready To Travel?

(Published Monday, Wednesday &Fridays from my current city).

7-17-23 Chicago, IL. U.S.A.

It’s here.

In 14 days, I get on a plane and fly from Chicago, Illinois to Istanbul Turkey. After 28 Days in Turkey, I will spend the next five months visiting nine more countries in Europe and Asia. They are, in order…

  • Turkey
  • Bulgaria
  • Romania
  • North Macedonia
  • Albania
  • Montenegro
  • Croatia
  • India
  • Vietnam
  • Thailand

Why am I doing this?

It’s simple. When I was going to be turning 63, I realized that the money from social security and pension would not be enough to survive comfortably… in the United States. So I started searching for places I could live comfortably on the money I receive monthly. I found that there are many countries that one can visit, and live comfortably in, on a fixed income.

It took me 6 to 9 months of planning to go from an idea to an actual trip. I plan to tell you about my ideas, the places I found, and how I managed to put this all together. And even though I haven’t left yet, I already know some mistakes I made and things I might have done differently.

There’s a lot to deal with and think about.

  • Do these countries require visas?
  • Are there entry requirements?
  • Are there limits to the length of stay?
  • Are the cities & countries safe?
  • Will you need prescriptions or health insurance?
  • What will the weather be like?
  • How will you get mail?
  • What type of electricity do they use?
  • Can you drink the water safely (this is important)?
  • You will have to consider the money they use and their language.
  • What activities are available?
  • How will you occupy your free time and rainy days?
  • What psychological and emotional doubts will you deal with?
  • And so much more.

Are you thinking of joining me?

I’m looking forward to the company…

Until then, enjoy life’s journey.

Joe O’Brien

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