I have always wanted to travel the world, so as of December 2014, after two years of saving money I finally had enough to do it. I quit my job in Los Angeles, sold all of my large possessions, packed the rest into my car, drove across the US and then flew to London, the beginning of my extended adventure around the world!
I am not really sure how long the trip will last or where I am going to go exactly, but that’s what makes all this so exciting!
So far I’ve: lost my luggage in London, relearned the quirks of Germans in Hamburg, climbed a volcano in Lanzerote, reunited with an old elementary school friend in Berlin, had fun ogling all the hot dudes in Copenhagen, frozen my ass off in Granada, bitten off more than I could chew in Sevilla, gotten stranded in the middle of no-where Portugal, enjoyed myself in Amsterdam, stayed in the creepiest hostel in Vienna, ridden with the craziest taxi driver in Venice, (successfully) spent a month avoiding getting hit by crazy Italian drivers in Florence, been on my first yacht in Crete, fallen in love in Sweden, braved the humidity and sudden downpours of Thailand, survived my first stomach bug in Asia, and used one of those squat toilets at a Muay Thai match. That was fun.
An epic train-bus-tuk tuk-walk to the Cambodian border never really panned out.
What did happen was the following craziness: two days in Singapore, which is an epic jungle city with the worst hostels, then Bali, which was way too touristy for my taste, but I got the chance to dance the night away, twice, then the worst 14 (might as well been a million) hour-multi flight-journey to Japan, which has stolen my heart and also almost all of my money.
I wanted to go to Hong Kong next, but eDreams canceled my booking without telling me, so it’s Tokyo for a week longer and $600 down the toilet. But that led to a little romance as well as more bonding with one of my favorite people.
Cambodia was insanely hot! I finally experienced Southeast Asian summer, holy crap. I was literally drenched in my own sweat. Cambodia itself was fascinating. I wish I had more time to spend there, but sadly my trip to Asia had to be cut short. Till next time! I get to spend 4 hours at the Shanghai airport. That counts as visiting China right? My phone’s internet was censored and I was the only female on my flight to Cambodia. That was interesting. My seat mate was a sweetheart though. He pilfered me a pillow and saved me from an overly aggressive Chinese man.
I headed to Brussels for the second reunion with a childhood friend. Then met up with another friend I met while traveling in Spain. I love reunions!
I spent the holidays in the States. Got to see my family again and some old friends. I also was able to take a mini road trip through the Southern US. There really is no place like the South. The food, the manners, the vibe: all one of a kind.
Next up: figuring out what to do post-travel. Obviously, I need to make money, but I also want to do something that interests me and that allows to the freedom to travel more.