12.11.2008 -17 °C
So it's time for my long-awaited trip to start, and as a travel blog addict I decided to start my own. It will be my travel journal to print out when it's all over and a good way to let people know where I am and what I'm doing. I will write in English so that all my friends can understand.
This isn't gonna be the big trip I had planned for - due to my own very bad decision when choosing a summer job! I had to cut out some of the destinations I was most looking forward to, like Japan and the whole US road trip. Four months on from the day when I realized it wasn't gonna happen, I still find myself bitter. But I suppose I will work my way over it in spiritual South East Asia! And at least I learned never to work in shitty places again... If you wanna get your money, that is!
So my trip will begin from Bangkok. I figured Thailand would be an easy place to start for a lone traveller who's never been to Asia before. I don't have a strict itinerary but I hope I will have time to visit both Laos and Vietnam before flying to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and then on to Australia in the end of January. I don't know when my big trip will end, but I suspect it will have a lot to do with money!
For me the most challenging part of the travel preparations has been packing. I'm one of those people who like to carry loads of stuff with them, just in case. So I've normally been the one dragging around an enormous suitcase, rucksack, laptop carrier (stuffed with much more than a laptop), handbag and several plastic bags hanging from my arms. And carrying all this wearing four jackets just because I want to take them all with me but don't want to pay for the excess luggage! Now I'm looking forward to finding out how I will get on with my newly purchased backpack.
I will have to manage with a considerably smaller budget that I imagined but I won't let that bother me. I can't wait to start my long overdue travels!