Let me preface this by saying I am not a planner. I've always just went and figured things out as I go.
Working eleven hour days and coming home to sit at our dining table for another three, this is how we began to whittle down our itinerary to Thailand and Cambodia.
We went into this with big ideas and ambitious plans.
"First we'll go to the beaches, then head into Cambodia, Chiang Mai, back to Bangkok!"
Just throwing out travel plans like paint to a blank canvas. Some sort of masterpiece waiting to show itself. We spew paint one way, add more, throw a little to the left- some up top, soon this "thing" begins to take form
Two people trying to find the balance between cultural experience, while also factoring the 7-year-old girl who will be along for the ride. On one side, there are destinations that we would like to explore, on the other side its also about going with the flow.
We had set up our itinerary to start in Bangkok. Recover from our 26 hour journey for two days and begin the adventure in Cambodia. From there we would fly to the beaches, go up to Chiang Mai, and end back up in Bangkok, "Good, let's do it" we said.
We began to read the Lonely planet guide we'd received as a gift. What we discovered altered our plans..
December is high traffic season of Europeans on holiday. Thailand was described as a budget-friendly destination, but here we're looking at fares similar to a cross country trip in the U.S, for a one-hour plane ride from Bangkok to Siem Riep!
We also had to factor our friends spread across the region. Sarah to the south, Sally to the west, Tim to the North.
"We have to see him, but can we pass on her."
"Wait we have to go see her, we can't go there and not see her."
"What about Sarah, where is she?"
"Will she be there on time when we arrive!?"
We realize that logistics of this trip may not be going as smoothly as we'd hoped, but that's OK. We'll adjust and figure it out like travelers always do. The next few days, turn into weeks. Time winding down and plans in a limbo state. We're not putting them off, but maybe we are. I scale on the side of "it will figure itself out", my partner sides on the "we need to figure it out", yin to the yang.
We make plans to book this trip and so we begin, again
Father, traveler, self trained creative, and spectator of life. The quest is to live a life intentionally, to construct a life of my choosing. I left the comfort of home at the age of nineteen and have been enjoying the Viaje as it unfolds ever since