“A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving.” – Lao Tzu
It’s been a little over a year near now since I travelled to Thailand and my memories of the country still seem so fresh. My journey to Thailand lasted much longer than my visit to Shanghai since it fell during the winter holiday. Thailand is a highly popular tourist destination during the winter which is considered “peak season” because of it’s summer-like temperatures, so you’re likely to run into many Europeans and Russians who escape their sub-zero winters. I spent three weeks in Thailand, mostly in Bangkok and Phuket. When I travel, I like to strip away the idea that travel should consist of a plan. Sure, planning what to do and what to see is a good thing to start off from but the idea that controlling what you plan is not travelling at all. Perhaps the reason why most people like to plan every-little-thing-they-do when travelling is due to a fear of the unknown and unpredictable. To be brave and build your confidence as a solo traveller, you’ll need to understand that travelling really allows you to explore your own inner journey through the outer world. Before I take you through what three weeks in Thailand is like, take a moment to to let your soul absorb the words and imagery that these quotes produce.
“Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.” – Miriam Beard
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain
…until we meet again, be inspired, dream, imagine and soon enough you will understand.