Today’s the day I set off for the biggest adventure of my life – backpacking through Asia! I’ll be visiting seven countries in just under three months and, by some stroke of divine timing, I’ve managed to coordinate my trip to travel the first half with my boyfriend, Stefan (he’s in between jobs and currently abroad) and the second half with my little sister, Julia (she’s a recent college grad).
It’s funny how things work out. I’ve had countless conversations with both my boyfriend and my sister about traveling together, and now it’s manifested itself as a two-in-one deal. I get to go on ONE big excursion with TWO people I love, and do something we’ve always dreamed of doing.
Emotional check-in: I’m literally BURSTING with nervous excitement.
You’re probably wondering how I’m able to take so much time off, aren’t you?
Here’s the thing – I work for an amazing company that understands me and listened to me the very first time I walked into the office back in late 2014. When I first sat down with Sheila, Lake Mary Life’s publisher, I told her I was looking for a full-time job and if I didn’t find one soon, I was going to do what any level-headed millennial would do – travel.
But travel wasn’t in the cards for me just yet. After a few months of freelance writing, Sheila offered me a full-time job as the associate editor at Lake Mary Life Publishing. How could I turn that down!
Flash forward to two years later. After writing other people’s amazing and inspiring stories, I felt it was time to write one of my own. My boyfriend was planning a big trip in between jobs and I wanted to join him. When I told Sheila about his trip, she immediately remembered that conversation we had back in 2014.
“GO! Take the summer to travel, you’ve always wanted to do it,” she said. And, as usual, she was right!
My itch to travel is finally being pacified thanks to the attentiveness and generosity of my boss and good ‘ole timing!
First stop, Taiwan. For the first part of my trip, I’ll be traveling in “go-with-the-flow” style, booking accommodation along the way and keeping plans fluid. Stefan and I will circumnavigate the island of Taiwan by train and bus before heading over to South Korea for a week. We’ll end our trip together traveling to Japan by ferry and moving from the south of the island to Tokyo by train. Then, sadly, Stefan and I will part ways. (P.S. He’ll be looking for a job upon his return in early June if anyone’s looking for a software developer!)
From Japan I fly to Bangkok, Thailand, and rendezvous with my sister Julia. We already have a fairly well-planned and action-packed agenda: Thailand > North Vietnam > Philippines > Bali >Thai islands. Woooo!
Emotional check-in: Still BURSTING with nervous excitement!
I’m grateful for the opportunity to see differents part of the world and observe and engage in new cultures. I’m grateful to have a great job to come back to at Lake Mary Life Publishing. I’m just so darn grateful for this whole experience!
Keep your eyes peeled for my occasional travel updates on The Lifeline. And wish me luck!
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