6 months on the road

Exactly 187 days since I started this journey. This journey of self-discovery. This quest for joy and enlightenment.

I meant to start writing here the moment I left Brunei but I guess it took me that long for me to find my bearings and finally get used to this lifestyle. I have also learnt that I am not really keen on doing the whole sightseeing thing. Like what I always say to fellow travellers, “I do not want to see or do, I just want to be,”.

Hence, I now prefer to label myself as a nomad instead of a traveller.

On that note, this blog will serve the purpose of myself sharing my thoughts, feelings and experiences with you all as opposed to a ‘things to do and see’ kind of blog. I want to share my story with everyone. The lessons I have learnt so far and will continue to learn. I want to inspire.

I realise I have a whole 6 months to catch you up on but I shall do that little by little. I have everything written on my (traditional) journal so I can easily type entries here.

For now, I just want to let you know I no longer will limit myself to only 1 year of travelling as I initially planned. I have realised, as difficult as it is to be a penny less nomad, I have fallen in love with this lifestyle. The freedom. The anonymity. The excitement. The beauty of my surroundings. The beauty of the people.

So… I will continue to do this for as long as I can.

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6 months on the road

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9 more days until I leave everything behind. My job, my friends, my cat and my apartment. I do not know what I am feeling right now. It is all a ball of mixed emotions.

Nervous.

Totally have no idea what to expect from what is to come. Will I be able to cope with traveling alone? Will I make friends easily out there? Will I run out of money fast? These are the questions running through my head. I am feeling extremely anxious. But I guess this is normal to feel especially prior to embarking on a journey this large-scale. At least that is what the millions of blogs I’ve been reading the past couple of months tell me.

I flew to Kuala Lumpur last week to meet my sister Finah. She had traveled across Australia and New Zealand for the past 8 months and was in Kuala Lumpur for a week on transit before flying to Germany. I shared my concerns and anxiety with her and she laughed. “You will have the best time of your life,” she said. She also told me not to be too worried about finances. Money can be easily earned anywhere. True.

As a safety precaution, I did secure myself a writing gig for the local newspaper as a travel writer. The money is not huge but enough to get me through 2 weeks in Asia per article. As I will be writing 2 articles per month, hopefully my savings will be untouched.
I am also sad to be leaving the place that has been home to me for the past 27 years. I have no idea how long I intend to be away but I am on a journey to find a new place to call home. I guess I do believe that I will find it, hence my feeling sad for leaving.

Despite the anxiety and sadness, I am also extremely excited of what is to come and the unknown. As mentioned earlier, I have no idea how things are going to unfold but that excites me. The people I will meet, the food I will eat, the beaches I will sunbake on and even the obstacles I will have to push through. Ohh, the things that I will learn and the skills that I will gain.

What adventures lie ahead of me? Not knowing gives me that good tingling feeling.

I had originally planned on exploring Borneo first but the airline I worked for apparently allows me to claim my travel benefits for up to a month after my date of resignation. That means I can still fly for cheap until August 31st. So my plan now is to fly to Manila, Philippines first and explore the country for 20 days before I fly to Kuala Lumpur. From there, the plan is to travel by land all across mainland Southeast Asia. How long that will take, I do not know but that is the beauty of not having a time frame or a fixed plan. I have the intention to travel through India after SEA but lets not dwell on that just yet.

Everything back home is almost settled. I just need to get my final vaccination done, my passport renewed and store away what is left of my possessions.

Everything is coming together perfectly it amazes me. Therefore with that the countdown has started. 9 more days!

IMG_20130713_004417Me and Finah in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

 

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