In less than 24 hours my journey to four countries in the Southeast Asia region will begin. Last minute to-do’s have put me into a tailspin and I am feeling a bit overwhelmed. The reasons being: it is either a case of putting off what I could have done yesterday for today, or I am growing too old to be still considering myself a backpacker and all that it entails. I think I’ll go with the former because my wanderlust is unabated and my curiosity unquench. However, I believe my energy and tolerance levels for backpacking/trekking to distant lands with flight or travel time more than 16 hours are waning to some degree. This may be my last long-haul trip, at least for a while. Don’t get me wrong, the world is still my oyster. I’m excited to see what lies beyond the bend, and the only way to do that is to travel.
Bespoke itineraries do not always go as planned. Even a well prepared, extensive itinerary can fall prey to the unexpected. It is just a part of life with all its curve balls. Things happen that even the best planner may not foresee. Flexibility must be a key component to the plan when it begins to go south and the unexpected happens. Change at a moment’s notice is never ideal considering the circumstances.
What kind of circumstances could hijack vacation plans, one might ask. Well, to begin: flight cancellation, delays in traffic, inclement weather, and sickness/death for starters. Of course, there are many other reasons one can add to this list. Whenever these circumstances arise they may preempt or curtail your travel plans entirely. Obviously, you have no say in the matter, and its completely out of your control. Any of these anomalies if presented can cause your vacation to take a turn for the worse, no pun intended, and disrupt your well thought out holiday plans. Knowing Murphy’s law only too well, I take the utmost care and caution in handling all the arrangements, but I have to admit I have experienced a few of these regrettable incidences myself.
My impending travels to the Philippines, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Bali are ambitious an eagerly anticipated. However, I am prepared to change plans on a dime’s notice. The research on cost, best tours, most interesting historical sites and culture of each country has consumed most of my time from the day I decided to visit them. It will be an eventful trip as I navigate solo each country barring any unexpected circumstance that may prevent me from doing so.
Community Peeps, do you have any unique tips you’d like to share on any of the countries I am visiting? I would be happy to include and let you know what I think of the experience or savor. I hope to check in and give you timely updates on where in the world I am. Moreover, if travel plans change abruptly I’d want to keep you in the loop.
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