Monday, May 12, 2014

The Journey Begins!

On Friday we departed LAX and began our journey to Southeast Asia! There was A LOT to get done before we left and at times, it felt like we weren't gonna make it. I totally underestimated the amount of stuff we had to do, mainly packing up and organizing ALL our possessions. Man, you don't realize how much you have until you have to move it. It was like a huge iceberg that we slowly chipped away at each day for about three weeks, until it was gone. And then there was all the little stuff we had to do: wrap up doctor's appointments, update business details, close bank accounts, purchase items for the trip, organize and transfer important files. We did NOT sleep much the week before we left. We never complained because we knew there was a huge light at the end of the tunnel, but it did make me reflect about all the obstacles that can present themselves when we do something adventurous, different, or risky.

There's a reason most people don't up and leave their jobs/lives/houses at the age of 28 to travel around for six months--there are challenges and there are moments of doubt! I learned the value of travel early on in life through the influence of key family members as well as travel experiences to Spain and Jerusalem and that is what has pushed me through the moments of doubt and kept me excited, happy, and motivated to endure the challenges that come with travel.

It took us a total of 35 hours to get to Bangkok, including a refueling pit stop in Guam and an overnight layover in Manila, but we've finally made it. I still can't really believe I'm here. There is A LOT about this place that is different -- the language is completely foreign to me, the people look completely different from myself, and it is really, really hot. But it's the start of a great journey and I'm so glad I'm here.

4 comments:

Whitney said...

Yay I'm excited that you are already posting!! Tonight chad and i were in Hermosa and we were talking about how crazy that you guys are in Thailand now! It really happened and we are excited for you both.

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Erica Crismon said...

I love seeing you on instagram and facebook still! I know I don't see you that often anyway, but now I can't even if I wanted to and it makes me miss you! Do you still have cell phone service? Do you use viber, voxer or whatsapp? All free. I'll send you a message on one of them. Love you lots!

Inga HeiĆ°a said...

Way to go! I quit my job when I turned 35 and travelled on my own for 5 months. Best decision ever! Unfortunately I broke my foot in week no 2 of my journey ... on a motorbike in Thailand, so be careful ;-)
Safe travels and enjoy!