I’m a big fan of packing light and smart. Versatile and convertible fashion accessories can go a long way, when you’re on the road and the constant go.
You’ve got 31 days to get from Saigon to Lisbon or Lisbon to Saigon.
You can choose any route to take. Choose to stop and spend time wherever you want.
The one catch?
You must make the whole journey by rail.
Are you up for the challenge?
When I got home from my gap year last year, my parents encouraged me to take up self defense classes and the local YMCA. They were concerned with all the traveling and living away from home I’ve been prone to, it would be a good idea. I don’t doubt it and it doesn’t hurt.
There’s been headlines in the news about women encountering danger abroad. Last December, a nation was awakened when a local physiognamy intern in Delhi, accidentally boarded a private bus with a friend and was raped by six men. Even more recently, the body of 33-year old Sarai Sierra was found in Turkey after she had gone missing for two weeks.
It’s made the public and media becry – Is it safe for women to travel alone?
Obviously, a large part of me got heated by this.
Continued from my post Should you be a Monk in Laos?
I have a fascination with Buddhist monks and India and Southeast Asia are rife with them.
Maybe it’s the shaved heads, robes, spiritual aspiration and ascetic lifestyle. Maybe it’s because I’ve once considered a life very similar for myself. But whether they’re wearing a Tibetan crimson or Theravada orange and brown, whenever I see a monk, my eyes zero in with intent focus as if they’re human puzzle pieces, walking on a waft of incense.
I often like to romanticize how their lives must be pure and saintly. But monks are human beings, too.
Afterall, they’re boys and boys will be what they’re best at being… boys.
A reality behind the robes
Since I’ve completed almost of month of travel, with having had only two days to prepare before hitting the road, it’s time to assess my shining highs and my rock-bottom lows.
What did I learn from this crash course in winging a last-minute trip?
Quite simply, I learned how to survive it.
So now I’m going to give you some “insider tips”, so that you that can survive it better than me.
In my last post about survival trips, I told you the things I did well. But obviously, everything wasn’t smooth-sailing. If you’re pulling a last minute trip with multiple desitinations, you’re bound to have flaws… big ones. So while I aced most of my trip, there are a couple of things that I failed big […]
Are you a newbie to using squat toilets? Traveling a country, where there’s non-western toilets? Going hiking in the woods, where the toilet is the great wide open? Well, here’s a helpful aide for my squeamish squatters…
Well, I did it!
I went on my last-minute travel break and I survived it.
It was heaven.
… And stress.
Like life, booking travel abroad generally involves a fair bit of planning.
Or so I thought…
Last year, people asked me if I had a travel plans. What a ridiculous question– of course I had plans!