Taking a page out of our friend Phil’s book (or blog, rather) we wanted to answer some questions about our trip and about the blog. And, because this is on the interwebs, we’ve re-answered some of the questions because, well, things change.
What are you doing exactly?
Flying to Vietnam on a one-way ticket then traveling through Southeast Asia.
For how long?
Seven months and a few days. Sept 16, 2009 – April 25, 2010.
Where are you going?
Our basic plan is this: Fly into Hanoi, Vietnam on September 18th, work our way down through Vietnam to Ho Chi Minh City, then north and west through Cambodia and Laos before heading down through Thailand and its many islands. We then visit Peninsular Malaysia, the Philippines, Malaysia Borneo, and finally Indonesia. Things can always change. They have tremendously already, but that’s the plan.
Oh look, things changed again. It went and is still going like this: Extend visa for Philippines and stay for 2 months. Go to Borneo. Head back to mainland Malaysia then to the states, saving Indonesia for a trip all to itself sometime in the undetermined future.
After 5 plus months I can answer this a little better than our original “Why not?” and say: To change things up a bit and get out of a routine that wasn’t exactly what we were looking for out of life. To learn about different cultures, world history, and global issues in a way that makes them really matter to us. To break personal boundaries, overcome fears, and grow tremendously throughout the process. And finally, to strip away everything else and find out what’s really important in life.
What’s up with the blog?
We can’t leave home without a computer. And cameras. And an HD Flip. And our iPhones. We’re addicted. So, whether we like it or not, we’ll be connected and we’ll post when the infrastructure says we can. It’s like the most efficient and thorough post card possible.