All good things must come to an end.

23 days have come and gone in the blink of an eye and I am now headed back to reality… For now.

It’s insane to think that I have been gone now for almost a month, thousands of miles away from home. The experiences that I have been gifted with have been absolutely amazing, both the good and the bad. I realized this during my last night of this experience, that solitude can be humbling at times.

Yup, loneliness can sure be a motherfucker.

It’s when you are alone that you really begin to reflect on life and the things you have seen and experienced. The should’ve, could’ve, would’ves if you will. Don’t get me wrong, this is not a post of regrets, but a summary rather lessons learned along with moments/memories that I would not trade for anything in this world that I would like to share if I can…

Gardens by the Bay, Singapore

1 – I am absolutely fortunate enough to be able to do what I do. I have been approached by so many people back home that tell me that they live through my travels. It means the world to me that someone enjoys this view of the world through my eyes. Please, if you get anything out of this, let it be that I thank you all from the bottom of my heart with your warm words of encouragement. It truly means the world to me, it keeps the traveling nomad in me alive.

Buddhist Statue, Thailand

2 – When it seems like you never have enough in life, you need to really stop and evaluate yourself. Lemme tell you first hand, there are people in this world who would trade places with you in a heartbeat. Poverty is a bitch. I mean real poverty, not the “I am living paycheck to paycheck and I can’t ever seem to get out.” I am talking the “I have no money to send my kids to school” type. Be happy that you at least get a check. Yup, that’s a big ol’ slice of humble pie right there. Delicious isn’t it? You’re welcome.

Homeless tents/boats next to a luxury resort

3 – No matter how much you care, some people are just assholes. Accept this and move on.

Home stay in Malaysia

4 – Pack accordingly! Really ask yourself, do you need this? I packed so much useless crap for this trip that I never used, not even once! Because of this, I had to drag around a big suitcase of useless stuff for 23 days.

5 – No matter what anyone tells you, there is NO SUCH THING as friendly bees.

Tree Temple in Cambodia

6 – Plan ahead as possible and have a backup plan just Incase. I currently have about 10+ posts in my draft folder that I am behind on. Granted I am new to this blog thing and it was super hard to get a solid connection at times here in Asia so it mostly was out of my hands. But writing down some brief notes would have definitely helped as well as not losing my power converter halfway through my trip. I hate asking others to have to borrow their things, makes me feel like a burden on them.

7 – Grasshoppers taste like sunflower shells. Just thought I would share.

Monkey see monkey do

8 – And finally, ALWAYS look for the good in people. Great people are hard to find, I know it seems at times that they do not exist but they do. You have to actively look for them, don’t just wait for them to find you. Once you do, grab onto them like a monkey and don’t let go! Ok, maybe not like a monkey but you know what I mean.

I came across so many lovely people that made this experience so much better and I thank you all kindly. Some of the conversations, jokes, and stories I will never forget. Some of you I’ll probably never see again, but would definitely love to travel with again if I get the chance. Thank you all for some great memories. I wish you all the best in life and your future travels.Now to work on those other posts ✈️

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