Hi! I’m back! I haven’t written on this blog since returning from Vietnam last February. I’ve been on a few shorter trips since then (Ajman, Dubai, Bilbao) but now it’s time for another BIG one! I leave in a week. This time I will be traveling around South East Asia for two months, starting in Saigon, on to Phnom Penh and Siem Reap in Cambodia, then to Mandalay, Bagan, Ngapali and Rangoon in Burma, back to Saigon and on to Phu Quoc in Vietnam and finally I have 18 unplanned days…so we’ll see!
I just turned in my exams for university today so I haven’t really focused too much on the adventures ahead. But after turning in my paper this morning, reality hit me. Hard! I have so many butterflies in my stomach that I can hardly sit still. It’s a mix of excitement and also a little fear. The unknown can be scary and this will be my longest trip yet. This time however will be a little different as I won’t be traveling solo the entire time. Thomas, my boyfriend will be joining me and also my sister and her family will be flying out with our boys. I am overjoyed that I won’t have to miss all of the people I love for a whole two months and I can’t wait to share this adventure with them.
The preparations for this trip have been a bit more troublesome than the last time I went to Vietnam. This has mainly been due to the fact that I’ll be going to so many different countries and places. I’ve had to apply for visas to three different countries, book a lot of flights (which has proved to be a huge hassle in Asia) and do a lot of research on the best ways to get from one place to another. In this regard however, the abundance of travel blogs on the internet has been extremely helpful. Also I’ve been using an app called rome2rio that is great for checking out travel options.
I haven’t packed yet and packing for two months in one bag seems a bit daunting 😉 . But some way or another I’ll be ready in seven days…I have to be! I’ll be writing throughout the trip and I really hope you’ll follow me. Wish me luck!