It’s been 7 months since I entered Vietnam and apart from a 3 week getaway in Cambodia, I stayed in the country. My visa runs until October.
I left France and spent approximately 9 months in Greece, then 9 months in Thailand and I am moving towards 9 months in Vietnam. For the moment I am attached enough to my comfort of life not to want to move too much. Hoi An is really nice, especially during these difficult times all over the world.
The ideal period for tourism
Although I take full advantage of various related facilities, mass tourism is a nuisance on various levels. For others it is an engine of growth, for many a source of income.
Anyway, currently it is an ideal period to visit tourist places. Vietnamese take advantage of this, which makes street food stalls, hotels, restaurants and various tourism related activities work.
This crisis will generate significant demand for the creation and optimization of e-commerce sites. These few weeks have allowed me to take a step back and determine the priorities on which I must focus.
The rest of the trip
It is too early to predict, but migrating to a hot and sunny place at the end of September seems reasonable to me. I have time to see how things go between now and then.
To tell the truth I am well enough here to consider a simple winter visa run of a few months. Living in Hoi An has taught me one thing, I can be satisfied with little: a simple large apartment on the beach is enough to satisfy me.
I like to walk along the beach at night. Regularly I meet families hailed by the white glow of their headlamps and their ultra powerful torches. These are the families of the neighborhood, the grandmother, the grandfather, all generations up to the children of age to walk and participate. The old women handle the spade with vigor and everyone laughs while catching the crabs. This scene fascinates me. It contains all the poetry that I appreciate in this country.
The coronavirus effect
As far as I am concerned, I lost money but I lived everything in good conditions. The big unknown remains the return of flights between countries, and at what price? Personally, if I have to stick a giant cotton swab in my nose to cross a border, I prefer not to pass it.
Are planes going to become expensive and complicated to the point of being relegated to a second choice?
I met a digital nomad in Rhodes who, out of ethical principle, does not fly. If I admire the approach and am convinced that his travels are interesting, I have always considered until now that it is a luxury that I can not afford. Indeed, traveling by land is expensive if one wishes to preserve a minimum of comfort of life. I prefer to concentrate my budget on a cheap plane ticket and decent accommodation on arrival. Here, for example, I have absolutely everything. If I am missing something, my landlord provides it to me.
Objects are a problem for nomads. You have to drag them along when you travel. Here I didn’t have to buy anything. The accommodation was already functional. I was missing exactly 1 or two ashtrays. I went to the coconut dump and brought back two half dry hulls which make two ashtrays.
During the lockdown, to keep in shape, I started practicing Qi-gong with a bamboo stick. I picked up a bamboo from a pile of vegetable rubbish. In six months I have therefore acquired exactly 3 objects that have cost me absolutely nothing and will be bio-degraded before me (if all goes well). Then again, I think containment has had virtues in getting a lot of people to think about what’s really valuable and what’s just polluting the planet.