The travel bug hit ever since the approach of graduation in 2014. With graduation over, I can’t help but believe now is the time. So here it is. This is going to be an exciting adventure to embark upon with my sister, Jessy, and our friend, Elysia. We will start off by visiting our sister in South Korea for 3.5 weeks. From there, we’ll fly into Bangkok, Thailand and venture north of Chiang Mai to visit a friend and his village and then head south to the tropical beaches of Phuket. Arriving back in Bangkok, we will then head east through Cambodia and into Vietnam. In total this trip will be slightly over 2 months. Note: Past international travel experience: Ecuador 1.5 months and Japan 2.5 months.
Now, none of us have much money to work off of. But with stashed up frequent-flyer miles, some friendly connections, lots of travel research and a sense for adventure, I have a feeling this trip should be a good one. I’m not certain how often I’ll be able to post, but hopefully there will be frequent enough places with free WiFi.
Right now is the prep stage. I got updated on my vaccination shots. Which included tetanus, Hepatitis A, Typhoid and Malaria pills. I was so proud I didn’t feel faint after the shots. Did I finally overcome this obstacle in life? Sadly, no. From past experiences, I could make it as far as the waiting room before I started blacking out with sweat, ringing ears and the desire to lay down on the dirty scuffed-up vinyl floor. This round I just sat on a seat in the back room. Five minutes in, I told the nurse I felt great. She insisted I sit for a little while longer. Not even a minute later, I told her I had to lay down – making my way to the bed like a drunkard.
So far I’ve got my passport in hand and a new 65L Osprey backpack. No visa needed for South Korea or Japan since it’s a visit less than 30 days. As for South East Asia, it could be a different story – research in progress. (Update: Vietnam requires a Visa.
We can get these at the boarder Update Post Trip: We were turned away at the border! Get ahead of schedule) . Now it’s buying necessities and the skill of packing light. Certainly should be interesting since it’ll be quite cold in Japan and Korea while tropical in SE Asia. It would be nice not to have to huff along a coat. However, I am one who always gets cold.
Stay tuned as the adventure unfolds. And please keep us in your prayers. Cheers!