“The secret of happiness is freedom. The secret of freedom is courage.”
48hrs ago I took the plunge. I went online, pointed my browser to Cathay Pacific’s web page and booked a flight from LAX to Bangkok, Thailand. My hands were shaking as I made the reservation. I couldn’t believe my luck. I have been watching the fares for almost 2 weeks, praying that I wouldn’t miss the seat sale. The price was a steal. $934 USD for a round-trip ticket leaving September 22nd and returning March 22nd. 6 months. After years of planning trips, planning dates and then changing all my plans- I finally booked a flight.
I’ve planned this trip on and off for years. I’ve read guidebooks, searched for photos on google and spoken to friends who have been to South East Asia. I know I don’t need a visa to go to Thailand and that’s enough for me. My plans are extremely open at this point. I’ll stay in Bangkok for 2 nights before boarding a train to Chaing Mai. After that, who knows. My timeline is open. My travel funds are low. I have all the time in the world.
Although I don’t have a schedule, or hostels pre-booked. I do have an idea of where I would like to go/ places I want to see.
Chiang Mai • Years ago I worked with a girl who had travelled to Thailand and loved Chiang Mai. We would talk about Thailand almost every shift and I was determined to go myself.
Agra • Taj Mahal- Nuff said!
Angkor Wat • A fine example of the power of photography.
Bhutan • It’s forbidden- or so it seems. Bhutan has always held a certain mystery for me.
Kathmandu • Years ago I followed a blog called ‘How Connor Is Spending His Money’. At the time, Connor was volunteering at an orphanage in Kathmandu. Since then I’ve looked into doing the same thing. Oh, and Mt. Everest is close by as well- not that I’ll be climbing it. haha
Sa Pa • I saw a photograph of Sa Pa, Vietnam a few years ago and I’ve been obsessed ever since. My plan is to stay there for at least 2 weeks and soak up some culture.
Tibet • I tried to get into Tibet in 2008 when I was in China, but no luck. This time I WILL get in!
The above list is not long. There are a lot of places I want to go, but the ones above are the ones I MUST visit before returning home. I guess you could say they’re a mini bucket list.