Call me old, call me a veteran, but there’s no doubt I’m experienced. I’ve experienced enough parties, big and small, to tell you that the Full Moon Beach Party is not the greatest party on this planet. Continue reading
Let Phnom Penh assault your senses. After a 7 hour bus ride from Siem Reap, we stepped out of the bus into a bustling city of motorbikes, markets, exotic smells, people and more people. Oh, and let’s not forget all the stray dogs and cats. I often like to play with or talk to them. So they are a highlight no matter what city I’m in. Continue reading
I found myself straddling a fine line while traveling through Southeast Asia.
The region is so poor, especially Cambodia and Myanmar, and tourism is such a big part of the countries’ economies, that many locals try to make an extra buck on tourists. This means that tourist traps or scams abound. These range from the obvious ones, a Bangkok taxi driver not turning on his meter, to the not so obvious ones, a boy coming up to give you a tour of a temple without you asking him and then expecting a tip. Continue reading
After 2 weeks in Cambodia, we were ready for some beach time. We headed to the Thai islands to relax and get our fill of the beach life.
We were going to meet up with some friends in Koh Phangan for the Full Moon Party Continue reading
It’s difficult to describe Cambodia. Words simply cannot describe a country that seems to be frozen in time. A country still reeling from the effects of genocide and continuing political corruption.
Many visitors will simply pass through its major cities. Cities pulsating with bright lights, tuk tuks, night markets and the aromas of food. They are unaware of the Real Cambodia that lies just outside the city limits. It’s raw, dusty, slow and simple. It’s rural and basic. There is no running water or electricity. This is the majority of Cambodia. Continue reading
I’m sure many of you have heard of, and maybe even experienced, the amazing street food in Thailand. Bangkok in particular has lots of street stalls and markets that offer a wide array of food. It’s an inexpensive way to sample some delicious and traditional Thai food and to eat like the Thais do. There are a lot of blog posts about Thai street food, but we wanted to share our experiences and thoughts. Continue reading
Whenever I talk to someone about Bangkok, I get one of two responses, “I love that city!” or “I didn’t like it. I wouldn’t spend more than two days there.” And the first time I went to Bangkok last year, I didn’t like the city much. It was hot, humid, polluted, and congested with traffic and people. I only spent about a day and a half there with my family and quickly made that judgment.
On this trip, Bangkok was our first stop, and we spent 6 days there. Needless to say, I was a little worried that I wouldn’t enjoy my time in Bangkok after my first experience. But this time, the city really grew on me.
Traveling is the easy part! In fact, it’s the most enjoyable part of the whole process as you might have guessed. Deciding that you want to travel for an extended period of time, breaking the news to work and family are the stepping stones to the next two biggest preparation tasks:
- Shedding your current life
- Packing your life into a backpack for 6 months
I like my job and the company I work for, and I have a great manager and team, so I didn’t want to jeopardize all of that. BUT Neil and I had talked about traveling the world for so long. I really hoped I could work something out where I could come back to my job after the six months. So I did some research and found out that my company offers personal leave of absences for a maximum of 6 months. A leave doesn’t guarantee job protection, but if it meant I could potentially come back to my company and team, then I wanted to pursue the option.
Telling your parents that you are going to quit your job and travel around the world for an extended period of time is hard. In fact, for me, it was the thing that worried me the most. I wasn’t sure how they would react and worried that they would freak out like this: