Today officially marks three months of travels, which is hard to even believe. Time passes at a different pace for backpackers and travelers – it really does.
I left home mid-March with just a one-way ticket to Thailand, and a rough itinerary. I was completely open to seeing where my travels would take me – and that’s just what I did. I spent 8 incredible weeks backpacking in Southeast Asia, and then continent hopped over to Europe, where I’ve been staying with friends for the last month.
The last three months have been full of adventures, good times, new experiences, as well as sadness and frustration. Reflecting back, it’s interesting to see how my plans were shaped by the different people I encountered along the way.
Thailand – Bangkok, Phuket, Koh Phi Phi, Krabi, Ao Nang, Koh Phangan, Koh Tao, Chiang Mai
Malaysia – Perhentian Islands, Malacca
Germany – Cologne
Belgium – Antwerp
Holland – Nijmegen, Utrecht, The Hague, Zaanse Schans
- Celebrated my 25th birthday in Koh Phi Phi! (Thai islands)
- Experienced the infamous Full Moon Party in Thailand – April 3rd, 2015
- Found myself in a great travel romance which brought me to Malaysia
- Visited an Elephant Sanctuary in Chiang Mai – bucket list ✔
- Visited travel friends in Germany and Holland
- Volunteered at a Hostel in Belgium through WorkAway
- Became seriously concerned when a travel friend was arrested one night, thrown in a Thai prison, and then later transferred to a mental hospital
- Struggled with heartbreak after distance forced an end to my travel romance
- Hit with reality when I ran out of money in Southeast Asia
- Stupidly followed my heart to Europe, which led to disappointment
- Was scammed renting an apartment in Amsterdam, and lost €750 (rent, plus deposit)
Yes, the low points absolutely suck… but what can you do except deal with it, learn from the experience, and move on. Luckily, the high points tend to far outweigh the low points, and that’s what makes it all worth it.
Photos of my travels:
I originally left home thinking that I would go back after a couple of months, or when I ran out of money. Somewhere along my travels, I realized that I have nothing waiting for me back home. I’m single, recently graduated college, and I have no commitments or obligations, except for my student loan. Now is the perfect time to live an adventurous life, and see where it leads me. I’ve honestly never felt more “alive” than I do when I’m traveling, and to me, that’s the greatest feeling.
So, I’m 3 months into my long-term travels, and I’m excited to see where it leads me. I’m temporarily living just outside Amsterdam where I’ve rented the spare room in my friend’s house. Since I’m practically broke, I’ll be putting in a lot of hours at work (remotely) over the next few weeks. Although, I do have plans to fit in some travels here and there in the upcoming weeks, like a weekend trip to Paris for a few days to visit a friend. Not to mention, I have Amsterdam in my back yard – which I still can’t believe!
As tough as things can get being a wandering nomad, I like to think there’s always a silver lining….