I spent several months exploring South America last year and it was one of the best trips I’ve ever taken. I had a couple of real vacations while I was there. (For me, that means I spent days without cell phone service or wifi, so I couldn’t work.) One of them began with a day of biking Death Road, which connects La Paz, the capital of Bolivia, to the Amazon Rainforest. It is about 60km/40 miles long, and from La Paz, it’s mostly downhill.
Working remotely and traveling the world is a lovely opportunity, but it’s not the same as a long vacation. I’ve spent about a month in Killarney, County Kerry, except for a few days in Dublin here and there. Working most weekdays, I’ve had weekends to see the town and explore Killarney National Park, which is by far my favorite spot!
It’s been almost exactly one year since I packed up my apartment, gave away furniture, and put the things I couldn’t part with into a 5×10 foot storage unit in favor of a nomadic life. I’ll be home for a 10-day visit during my actual anniversary, but instead of taking a trip away from home, home has become a vacation destination.
Regardless of where I’m going in the world, there are a few things I don’t leave home without. A friend recently requested that I post a list of travel gear, so here it is – followed by a few things not to pack and a quick packing list tip at the end!
Continued from Part 1: A Darker Side of Travel
Around when I had the drain put into my liver, the doctors got negative test results on all bacteria, and a positive test result for the amoeba from the sample they sent out to California. Some of my symptoms were still more in line with the bacterial infection,
If I have learned anything in the last several years, it’s that life doesn’t usually go as planned, and it’s better to go with the flow than to try to control everything. I never dreamed I would travel to such far off places until I spontaneously bought a plane ticket to Finland three years ago. Before I left, I couldn’t have imagined the things that travel has taught me.
Sometimes, life turns out better than I could have imagined.
I’m not trying to discourage you from traveling, and I don’t plan to stop. I did, however, have some recent bad luck as a result of my travels…
I’ve been home from my most recent trip to Southeast Asia for a few months. I started editing video from the Full Moon Party in late April, but by the middle of May, I wasn’t myself. My energy dwindled; my appetite disappeared. My friends thought I just didn’t want to hang out – I didn’t appear to be ill. By the first week of June, I thought I had a really bad cold, or that my flu shot from last winter hadn’t worked.
Piecing together the days on this trip, I don’t know how we found as much time in every day as we did to do everything we did! After our early morning exploration of Shiralea and Haad Yao and breakfast and a few hours of tequila sunrises at the pool, day one on Koh Phangan continued… Read More
When Kirsten and I planned our trip in her parents’ kitchen just before Christmas, we each had one must-do item in Asia; hers was the Full Moon Party on Koh Phangan. Neither of us had been to the islands on the eastern side of Thailand, so when we left Bangkok, we headed south.
After 23 hours on three flights I landed in Bangkok, grabbed my luggage from baggage claim, jumped in a cab, found my hostel. The doors were locked, the lights were off and the sign by the doorbell was written in Thai… Fortunately, like most times when I find myself in a bind while traveling, I had a very nice cab driver who read the sign and called the owners from his cell phone instead of abandoning me alone in a dark alley in Bangkok with all of my luggage. Finally, a bed.