2017 is a big year for me, because it marks the 10th year that I’ve been traveling solo. In March of 2007, I just started a new graduate program to obtain my educational leadership certificates (building & district administration) and I was feeling unsettled and in a teaching rut. This happens to me every few years, I get into a rut and then all of sudden I make several large changes in my life and it shakes things up a bit. For a person who doesn’t like change, this is a big deal. To an outsider, these seemingly rash decisions appear out of the blue, but the truth is that many of these changes are on a slow simmer for years in my brain while I suss out what I want to change and how to implement it. Once I commit to the change, I’m all in and I want it immediately so everything seems random and quick. Continue reading
Leaving Beijing for the Great Wall field trip on New Year’s Day. Great start to 2016!
“The Atomium is an icon of Brussels built for 1958 World Fair Exposition, at a time when the belief in progress, science and modernity was immensely strong. The structure symbolises an iron crystal, magnified 165 billion times.”
So after embarking on a new horizon earlier this year by traveling to China, it occurred to me that 2017 marks 10 years that I committed to traveling wherever I wanted to go with or without a companion. The funny thing is that now that I’m comfortable traveling solo, I’m finding like minded travel companions. I decided that I needed to do a big trip to stretch my traveling resume. I threw that idea out to the woman I went to China with and she found an amazing itinerary for SE Asia.
So after thinking about it for –oh a minute–we decided to reserve the trip. The itinerary is Bangkok, Singapore, Bali, & Hong Kong. 15 days to explore SE Asia–I’ve always wanted to to see those cities but I thought it would be well into the future before I ever made it happen. I have to start researching the necessities like if we need visas and what to pack. I can’t wait to crack open my travel guides–I will probably be going book shopping in the near future. The only field trip I know that I really want sign up for is the day trip to Macau the last day of the trip from Hong Kong.
Now I’m on countdown to June.
Texas going westward from Oklahoma on Route 40