I was in Southeast Asia, which just so happens to be the perfect place to wander.
After completing my volunteer placement in Hanoi, I decided to forfeit my plane ticket to Australia, leaving me with the realization that I had all the time in the world, with no restriction on where to go or how to do it. Being in that position was rare for most people, especially me, so I just took it and ran with it.
I figured it was only fitting that I explore the rest of Vietnam, but once I had finished up in Ho Chi Minh City, I hadn’t a clue of where to go. I was luckily inspired by some new friends in my hostel that had just come from Thailand. The night before I left Saigon (which couldn’t have been soon enough), I hopped online and found a cheap fare to Phuket via Bangkok through Air Asia, which was booked in a matter of minutes. This was so out of character for me – I like to plan things in advance. I also like to take at least 2 weeks to make one decision after weighing the pros and cons over and over (and over) in my head. I tend to give myself enough time to make a plan, then go back and change my mind, only to find myself back at square one where I’m weighing the pros and cons again.
I liked this new lifestyle. I enjoyed hopping on a train, bus, or flight on a whim and exploring a new city or country. The thrill of not knowing what was around the corner was so liberating to me – I couldn’t get enough of it, and I knew it was only the beginning…