There are few things in this world I find more exciting than what I’m doing today. As of seven this morning I have begun the 37 hour journey to the other side of the world and I simply can’t stop smiling.
The five hour bus trip was followed by a bumpy, two hour shuttle to JFK airport in New York City. After making our way through security we stumbled upon seats at our gate right next to the runway. I’ve got to say, there is something inspirational about writing and watching planes take off in the distance heading to places all over the world. So far, this trip has started out alright.
Assuming we make it through the nine hour flight to Moscow, a seven hour layover and another nine hour flight to Thailand, the plan is to hop off the plane and catch a train (or bus if it’s cheaper!) to a smaller town called Kanchanaburi, which is about two hours away from the capital city of Bangkok. We have three nights booked at Pong Phen Guesthouse and from there the plans are very flexible. We will work our way to Northern Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, the Thai Islands, Malaysia and Indonesia. Burma and the Philippines are also a possibility. This is the tentative itinerary but as any traveler will say, this will indefinitely change with the people we meet along the way.
We will be volunteering through HelpXchange, staying in hostels, eating only local food (no juicy burgers for us!) and Couchsurfing to keep our trip budget friendly. We might even find ourselves sleeping on a beach every now and again, who knows =)
Our return date is unknown. My parents aren’t too happy about this, but it was a strategic, well thought out decision. When you’re on the road you meet so many different people and a lot of opportunities arise that you never could have imagined in your mind. With that being said, when a return date is selected, the itinerary all of the sudden becomes very restrictive. We want the ability to wander the globe without the obligation of getting back to a certain city by a certain time. When the time is right, we will be home. For now, we will be diving headfirst into the Southeast Asian culture, country by country and city by city.
This is the first of many posts. Stay tuned for pictures that will take your breath away and tales of adventure & misadventure as we travel across South East Asia. Wish us luck on the next leg of our journey to Thailand! Cheers!