"How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Travel" leon.partsi's Profile
I caught the travel bug hard during my first overseas trip to Thailand in 2009. Two weeks in a country where everything was so overwhelmingly different than my home hit me like a brick.
I didn't get sick, I wasn't a snob, and I wasn't disgusted by any of the practices, sights or sounds. Instead, I realised just how much there is outside my home and I swore to myself I'd see as much of it as possible. Nothing was off-limits. I scuba dived, I skydived, I did the bungy, I ate the local food and drank the local water. I communicated with people who didn't speak a lick of English in vague series of grunts and pointing.
I didn't care - I wanted to live like the world was my oyster. That's the feeling I try to muster every time I go on holidays.
When on holiday, you can be whoever you want to be. When on holiday, you are the best version of yourself - the one who is happy and free.
I caught the travel bug and I caught it bad. Travel was going to be permanent fixture in my life and I had to accept that.
So, since my first trip in 2009, I've visited 11 countries in the next 2 years. Not bad considering I had a full time job and only 4 weeks paid leave per year. I used a combination of travel hacking to get cheap flights and witchcraft to get time off from work to spend nearly 20% of my time out and about.
Some awesome travel stats, courtesy of Tripit:
4 countries, 9 cities, 44 days overseas.
Since 2010: 12 countries, 23 cities, 166 days overseas.
This is the part of my intro I am most excited about writing. These are the plans for my nearest upcoming travels.
One of my closest friends in the world is having his wedding in Koh Samui on the 12th - I will be flying into Phuket on the 5th and partying it up The Hangover style until I fly onwards to Kathmandu on the 13th in order to complete the Everest Base Camp Trek. I'll be away from home for a full month and expect to have some amazing photos from the trek. I am a fan of travelling slow and I really want to take my time with this one.
UPDATE: So, that happened. I completed the trek to Everest Base Camp and even made it to Kala Pattar beyond base camp, and I made it away with only 2 cases of light frostburn and 1 case of flesh-eating disease. Nothing a couple of courses of antibiotics couldn't fix! YAY! Here's my Nepal Page where I describe the city and the trek:
I've upgraded my travel plans. I'm now taking a full year off work in order to see the world. I am spending 4 months in Africa doing a Cape Town to Cairo tour, 3 months in Europe seeing Italy, Greece and Germany, then spending the remaining 5 months in South America. I've already booked one way tickets to Cape Town. I can't believe this is happening. UNREAL.
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