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Goodbye, Thailand! Hello, Japan! Our Life As World Travelers

July 8, 2018

A Couple with an elephant in Chiang Mai Thailand

Guys, it’s been a crazy two weeks! Thailand has been incredible. Daniel and I look at each other and can’t believe that traveling is now our lives! Every single day we wake up listening to a different language, eating different foods, and experiencing a completely different culture than what we we’re used to. I have so much information, and experiences I want to share with you, I don’t know even where to start!

Stop reading right now, and go to the comments below and tell me what you want to know so I can write about it. Back to your scheduled programing…

The Journey to Thailand

Getting to Thailand was a little cray… It took us 3 flights and 36 hours of travel time to arrive and it was quite the adventure. When we got to the Fort. Lauderdale airport, it was like being at the top of a a rollercoaster, and waiting for the drop. I was so nervous I felt like I was going to throw up. I couldn’t believe the day we had been talking about for months was finally here. We walked into the airport, and made our way to airport security. Saying bye to my family, as you can imagine, was sad, but tear-filled and a little anxious, we walked through to security and onto to our gate to wait for our plane.

The ride to Chicago was very smooth outside of the fact that for some reason Daniel and I had to sit on opposite sides of the plane. When we arrived at O’Hare, that’s when the fun began. They didn’t let us out of the plane because there were 50 PLANES a head of us waiting disembark! We had friends who we waiting for us at the airport who were going to take to eat some delicious deep dish pizza during our long layover, but after two hours stuck on the tarmac we had to settle for airport Starbucks with them instead. We then got lost at O’Hare airport trying to find the Terminal for International Departures and had to run to our plane.

Long Story Short

We made it to Bangkok and had a pretty awesome two weeks! We got pretty much adopted by a Thai family who fed us, showed us around the town, and taught us about Thai culture. Also, we made friends with a French couple, an two Indian couples, two Spanish couples, our Italian hostel landlord, Daniele, a Polish couple, and a guy from New Zealand. If the last two weeks are what the rest of the trip is going to be like, we are going to have friends from every country in the world.

Talk About Culture Shock

It’s kind of crazy to go from the land of Pad Thai, and very lax social rules, to a country where everything is so structured. Japan could not be more opposite of what Thailand is like. Down to crossing the street, everyone in Tokyo waits for the light to tell them to cross. In Thailand, you throw yourself into the middle of traffic fully expecting (and hoping) for the cars to stop.

Now, we have only two more days in Tokyo before we head to Mt. Fuji to get ready for our climb to the summit. I’ve heard it’s hard, but then again, so is selling all of your stuff to travel the world. It’s all about the mindset you go into it.

Our Life as World Travelers

On another note, we have felt so present and alive. This is definitely what we are supposed to be doing with our lives. I don’t get even get anxious anymore! I’m learning so much about religions, cultures, and history! Daniel and I have even learned a little bit of Thai and Japanese! If I have one piece of advice: go live the life you want to live! Stop staying the reasons why you can’t and start looking for reasons why you CAN and should.

Frankly, Daniel and I don’t know how the hell we’re going to be able to sustain this for five years, but you know what? We’re going to find a way. Because living life to the fullest is important to us, and more than worth the risk. We don’t want to be in our 70’s wishing we would have chased our dreams, and left wondering what would have happened. We want to teach our future children that they have the power to make their lives what they want to be, and want to be the example for them to follow.

Sorry if I’m a little intense about the subject, but just a year ago, I was depressed and hated my life. I never in a million years thought I would be doing this. I’m not special, I’m not brave, I’m just someone who was tired of working for someone else’s dream (I talk more about this here). I hope this blog, our YouTube channel, and Instagram encourages you to do the same.

Thank you so much for going on this journey with us. If you haven’t done so already, please subscribe to our YouTube channel to follow the rest of your adventures. Share this post with your friends!

 

  • Sandra Snyder says:

    Just adore keeping up with you kids! So happy you’re happy!

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  • Veronica Leis says:

    I think you guys are doing a fantastic job at this awesome adventure. You are teaching people your age to go for the gold and not necessarily money…. Life is too short enjoy, we did it our way!😘

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    • Thank you so much, Veronica! I hope we are able inspire those our age who need it! So happy to see you guys have embarked on your own adventure. Happy to be keeping in touch with you! <3

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