A little later than usual we begin our look forward to the year ahead by casting our minds back, scratching our heads and wondering just what the hell did we do with our time in the year past. We also discuss leaving Turkey and our latest travels in Southeast Asia (again).
With no idea where we are going to go next we are taking one last look back to our last trip. We have done the best of times, we have laid bare the worst of our Wintering in Southeast Asia trip and now, as the weather heats up for Spring in the northern hemisphere, we end our almost year long trip to Southeast Asia with a photographic round up.
Last week we offered up the things we loved the most about our recent trip around Southeast Asia. This week, to balance things out and because we like whining like little bitches, it is time to highlight the things we disliked.
We have been back from Southeast Asia for a while now but the not wholly linear nature of this blog means there are always loose ends to tie up and stories still to tell before we decided when to draw a line and wrap things up for this trip.
We ended Thailand very much how we began it with a pleasant place to stay. It is often overlooked how where we spend the night influences our opinion of a town, city, or the whole country.
Deirdre is holding out a piece of food for me as if I were a seal. She says she is getting into practice for feeding animals, because this is one of the things we might be doing next week as part of our volunteer duties.
It has been a while since we were last on the road. Unlike some digital nomads we only travel part time but, then - despite the impression sometimes given - so do the majority of people who make their living with a laptop and an internet connection. Most long term travellers quickly learn they have the freedom of time as well as geography and sooner or later will stop somewhere and stick around for a while.
In October we were interviewed by Amy and Andrew of Our Big Fat Travel Adventure and were flattered and frankly astonished to have our travel tips and advice labelled as expert. They are heading into the world in a couple of months and it has been easy to compare their competent planning with our own gainful but stressed (Deirdre) and uselessly relaxed (me) preparations.
We recently announced that we are off to Southeast Asia, where aside from flying in to Bangkok we have few plans as to what we are going to do, where we will go or even how long we are going to stick around in the region.
We booked our ticket to Bangkok online with only moderate swearing a couple of weeks ago and on January 9 we will be winging our way to Thailand. As I write this I’m doing the flying to Thailand dance, a joyful but slightly unseemly jig for rhythmless men advancing in years.