Tonight I set off for two weeks during my latest disappearance act from the States. Unpacked bag, missing passport and running late for work? Yea – it’s the morning before a flight alright. But that’s okay. Chaos has been the theme of this week. And plus, if I have time to write a blog post things can’t be that bad.
Oh right, I’ve yet so say. Like my cleverly chosen and culturally irrelevant “get my reference” of a blog title suggests, I’m heading to Southeast Asia. More specifically: Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand.
A question I’ve received often the last few weeks as days counting down to my departure date ticked by. Sometimes the question was accompanied by excitement and intrigue. Other times it came with a little bit of meh. In both situations it was met with the same answer: because. Because I want to. Because why not. Because of a….
I will be meeting my long lost amiga and past Chilean travel esposa Emily on this two week southeast asian adventure. Already living in Hanoi, Vietnam teaching English, Em will be my Western rock in a sea of unknown.
That’s what. I’ll be touching down in Hanoi first for a bit of city living with my amiga before setting sail (literally) from Ha Long Bay. From there, Siem Reap in Cambodia for a bit of bike riding and temple exploring. Then, Phuket (pronounced Poo-Ket, grow up) for some rest and relaxation via Thai sun and sand followed by Phi Phi (pronounced Pee-Pee, okay go ahead and giggle now) to kick off a few days of island hopping. Finally, Bangkok. Because, Bangkok.
With swag of course. That, and a little bit of unease actually. This is the first trip in almost 3 years that I’m leaving the Americas. And the first trip escaping the States since getting sick in Colombia back in November. The language will be a barrier, the culture a shock and the distance from home incomprehensible. But these reasons for unease are also the same ones causing excitement. Because when it comes down to it, that’s what travel is all about: exploring the unfamiliar. And it’s what makes it different from a vacation.
So that’s my shtick. Later tonight, I’m heading East. And I really can’t wait to see what’s in store. As always, I’ll be keeping in touch via selfies and filtered realities on Instagram. So follow along at @MrThornbury.