When we left for SE Asia, we really had no idea where we were going or for how long. Days have now passed to months and we’re still figuring it out as we go. Both being engineers, this is completely out of our comfort zone. Before taking any trip we typically plan…and then plan some more. But this time around we’re really flying by the seat of our pants. It’s taken some getting used to, but we’re getting the hang of it.
It’s now been 55 days since we left home; and since then we have slept in 17 different “beds.” That’s a new place about every 3 days. As such, about every 3 days we pack our bags and we travel. To get to the next place, we’ve hopped on tuk-tuks, hailed cabs, rode buses, caught the metro, took in the “fresh air” on an open-air train, bobbed up and down on ferries, cruised through the skies on turboprops, and walked more miles than we expected. The trip to SE Asia alone took 33 hours. At this point we have spent days on the go traveling to our next destination. We’ve had some stressful, grey-hair-inducing moments, but we’ve also had experiences that make for great stories.
Seeing new places every few days means we’re constantly on the move. We liken it to taking 17 “long weekends” back-to-back-to-back over a 2 month period. Not a bad life to have, but exhausting.