From Elephant Pants to Tiger Cave Temples—My First Impressions of Thailand

Now that Anthony and I have been on our journey for just under a week I’ve found myself getting even more excited for the next year.  While walking by The Grand Palace in Bangkok on one of our first afternoons in Thailand it finally hit me: we are really doing this and we don’t have to go back until we’re ready.  I felt so much peace in that one moment in spite of the sweltering heat because seeing the world truly is something I’ve always wanted to do, and now I’m actually doing it.  I keep getting ahead of myself and thinking of the next step, the next town, the next country, but I’m trying to remember to be present in the moment we’re in currently.  Those adventures will come when it’s time.  Right now we’re in Thailand and so far I’m loving it.  Flashback to a few days ago when we made our initial arrival in Bangkok: jet lagged, dressed in clothes not appropriate for the intense tropical heat, and one of us sick as a dog.  Going through customs as well as the taxi ride into the city are a blur due to both me being severely overtired, and trying to be hyper focused on Anthony to hopefully intercept any more projectile vomit.  Unfortunately my Red Sox hat had to be sacrificed (it was that or let him puke all over his hands), and the taxi driver was giggling incessantly at Anthony the entire ride, but we eventually made it to the hostel in one piece.  We had about five drama free minutes until Anthony realized he had left his phone in the cab, and panic set in.  Luckily at the airport in Bangkok they give you slips at the taxi kiosk with all of your driver’s information so after setting my road weary travel partner up on a little bit of concrete next to our backpacks, I called the driver.  Luckily the promise of money is a language spoken by all, and he promptly returned the phone for 500 baht (about $15).  Our journey had officially started. 

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First Days in the City of Angels

Not Los Angeles, Bangkok! To be honest, my first day here was brutal. On our way here we had two flights : Boston – Zurich , and Zurich – Bangkok. On the second flight I got sick and well… threw up all over the place. It was pretty bad , and embarrassing to say the least. In hindsight, I should have prepared better for the long journey. The day before we left was Easter Sunday and I ate like it was my job. I probably should have went a little easier on the Pizza Cheina ( the best part about Easter Sunday in my opinion. Google it if you don’t know what I’m talking about ), which dried me right out. To make matters worse, we had gone out to see our friends one last time the night before and I was downing gin and tonics and tequila shots all night. I said I would drink water in between, but of course that never happened. Needless to say, I was dehydrated before we even stepped foot on a plane. Add to that a lack of fresh air, shitty airline food, and no sleep and you have a recipe for disaster. Moral of the story : drink lots of water and get some sleep before you fly! I hope to never have a first day like the one I had ever again.  Continue reading “First Days in the City of Angels”

RTW Packing List – Breada

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When I finally pulled out my backpack and opened it up to start the process of attempting to fill it with all the necessities I would need to travel the world for a year, I immediately began to silently panic. Over the last few weeks I’ve read countless blog posts about what to pack and up until the moment I had to do it myself I had felt prepared. I’m a sentimental person and a heavy packer by nature so I knew trying to get my life into a backpack would be tough, but I underestimated just HOW tough. I took a deep breath and decided to tap into the logical part of my brain (something I don’t do very often) and after a few minutes the initial panic subsided and by the time I was done I felt pretty good about my choices. Now, I’m not nearly as organized as Anthony, and I absolutely overpacked, but my backpack is a comfortable weight and I managed to get everything packed without too many extra frivolities. Continue reading “RTW Packing List – Breada”

RTW Packing List – Anthony

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So one of the most common questions I get after people find out how long Breada and I are traveling for is “So what do you pack for a year abroad?”. Packing your life in a couple of backpacks is quite the task, but with enough planning it can be done fairly easily. Some sacrifices will likely need to be made in order to keep your pack light. For me it was jeans. I wear jeans almost every day back home, but unfortunately they’re heavy and take forever to dry. Instead, I have lightweight quick drying hiking pants. Not necessarily my style, but for what we’re doing they’re a better choice. 

I’ve broken my things up in five categories : my backpacks, clothing, toiletries, electronics, and other odds and ends. I’m not gonna lie, I packed more than I had planned. Some things will wear down as we travel, like the body wash and the allergy medicine, making the pack lighter. I also packed a couple extra pairs of socks and shirts, and will be chucking things as I go. After a month or two we’ll reevaluate the odds and ends and anything not being used regularly will also get tossed. Now, without further ado, here is my life in a backpack!  Continue reading “RTW Packing List – Anthony”

OMG You’re Crazy!

     “So what are your plans after graduation?  Are you going to grad school or getting a job right away?”  asked my classmate (we’ll call her Jenna) one April afternoon as we wandered out of a two hour lecture on East Asian cultures.  “Well my boyfriend and I are actually planning on traveling for awhile before we settle into jobs.  It’s something we’ve both wanted to do so we figured this was the perfect time.”  “Oh wow that’s so exciting!  I’ve always wanted to travel!  How long are you planning on going?”  “A year.”  I braced myself for her response.  “A YEAR?!?! OMG you’re crazy!”

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