Where are we going in 2023?
We dropped a big hint on our instagram last week on where we were headed next, but in case you missed it (or maybe just don't have every flag memorized) here's where you can catch us next!
Mendoza, Argentina 🇦🇷
This one shouldn't be a surprise as this has been in the plan from the beginning, but Mendoza Argentina is a must-see stop we couldn't pass up. Buenos Aires is the home to the Torrentes grape and subsequent wine, but Mendoza is the region where Malbec reigns supreme. Malbec is amazing in the city of Buenos Aires so we're excited to get a little more up close and personal with it. Resting right on the edge of the andes surrounded by wineries the sights here promise to be spectacular so we can't wait!
When: End of February - End of April
Santiago, Chile 🇨🇱
Just on the other side of those mountains sits Santiago, Chile our next destination and one we will likely revisit. It's said to be not as affordable as Buenos Aires or some other South American countries, but the sites in Chile are very intriguing to us. We'd like to do a multi-week road trip down the country and even planned out an itinerary, but the timing for another trip took precedent so we'll have hold off on those plans for now.
When: End of April - Middle of June
Barcelona, Spain 🇪🇸
This is just a pit stop on our way to the next destination, but definitely deserves a mention. Spain is high on our list for a variety of reasons, but Barcelona in particular is a colorful and vibrant city right on the water and is suspiciously close to France and Andorra. We'll likely be back in Barcelona soon after this trip, but the architecture alone deserves a shoutout, wow!
When: One day in June
Quillan, France 🇫🇷
A charming little villa nested in the rolling hills of the South of France. This is the reason our trip in Chile was cut a bit shorter than expected, but how can you be mad at that tradeoff? Hans' family have friends in Quillan and wanted to get together for a little family vacation so we'll be spending as much time as possible exploring Europe while we're in the area.
When: Mid June - Mid September
Kotor, Montenegro 🇲🇪
Kotor, located on the central coast of Montenegro, is known for its architecture, and stunning views, but perhaps more importantly a new food frontier. While the town is not set in stone the more learn about Montenegro the less it seems to matter where you are. The entire country is incredibly breathtaking the question is will we be able to get any work done here? We'll have to see.
When: Mid September - Mid December
After Montenegro we're planning on staying on that side of the world for another 3 months, but with our work schedules shifting quite a bit we'll have to live that and see if we like it or not before making that decision in stone.
Schengen Region vs. EU
So if you haven't heard of the Schengen Region it is a group of countries in Europe with an agreement for certain foreigner to be able to access that part of Europe under one singular tourist visa. The upside is that as a tourist from the US we are able to travel freely through participating countries in the region for up to 90 days without hassling with customs every step of the way, including arrangements for Arya. The downside is this gives us 90 days to explore a huge region before we get kicked out and need to wait 90 days before we can return for more exploring.
This is why our stop after France is in Montenegro (across from the heel of Italy's boot) and why our stay in Montenegro isn't exactly set in stone. While it would be harder to travel with Arya through each country in the area surrounding Montenegro, Serbia, Croatia, Albania, Macedonia, Turkey, etc... are all beautiful countries we want to explore as well so it's all a matter of when.
We look forward to sharing our experiences with you all, until next time. 👋🏻