Don’t Believe Me, Investigate Yourself. You will Find the Truth.

First post of the blog.. damn! I’ve been wanting to start a travel blog for quite sometime now and I’m so glad I’m finally sitting at my computer and writing about my experiences in Asia for the very first time. Not sure where to begin so I’ll just jump right into it.

I’m writing this from the seat of a bus leaving Bangkok on towards the mountain town of Chiang Mai. I’ve been traveling in Southeast Asia for almost three months now and thus far it has been one of the most intense, profound and exhilarating times of my life. For the very first time, I feel like I’m living my life to its full potential and making the absolute most out of my time on this earth. Every day is a new experience where adventure and opportunity await around every corner. In many ways it’s still hard for me to comprehend the transition from where I was a year ago to where I am today. Experiencing and blending with the diverse cultures here has opened my mind in ways I never imagined. There is such immense beauty to this part of the world it’s truly beyond belief. The people here are arguably some of the nicest in the world; with a inherent desire to share happiness and put a smile upon your face. I’ve never meet people with such open hearts. I have a deep love for Southeast Asia. This place changes people. There’s truly nothing like it.

But enough with my love letter to Southeast Asia. After all what do you care. These are just my endless ramblings about the joys of travel. What could possibly entice you to listen to my thoughts and experiences. There are quite possibly a million travel blogs out there. I can’t tell you why you should waste your time on the likes of me and continue to read my blog, but what I can tell you is I don’t sugar coat shit. I’m not just going to talk about the great places I’ve traveled to, I’m going to talk about all the places I’ve travels to. The good, the bad and the ugly. If I don’t like a place I’ll let you know. But I’ll also let you know why many people are attracted to the very same places I don’t care for. I’m also going to talk about what it’s like traveling with nothing more than a backpack. I’m going to talk about the best ways to travel when time is a limiting factor, and when it’s not. Im going to talk about some of the more bizarre and extreme destinations, and what it’s like to be tested in radically foreign environments. I’m going to write about what it’s like to travel in a large group, and what it’s like to travel on your own. I’m going to write a lot, you can be sure of that.

These are just one mans opinions though right? Again, why keep reading? What would keep you at the table like a bad gambler? Well for starters I can write the shit out of most anything.. or so I’ve been told. I may not be the author of this years Pulitzer Prize, but I am the author of my own life story. And it’s my hope that by reading, or sifting through the chapters of my life, I can inspire other people to chase their dreams rather than just posting them up on the bulletin board above their office desk as if they were some far out of reach fantasy. Because whether you realize it or not, they’re much closer than you think. I’m not going to pretend for a second that getting to that place is easy, because most of the time it’s not, but I can tell you that it is possible. You just have to be willing to make sacrifices. The same sacrifices that I made. And you have to be ok with the consequences of those sacrifices. But let’s face it, I didn’t need to tell you that. You’ve probably heard the ‘it’s your life go live it’ speech one too many times. So again. Why keep reading?

Like I said before, I’m going to be completely honest in this blog. And truth be told I’m not writing this for you, I’m writing it for me. Writing is one of my passions and it’s a great way for me to destress. And yes… traveling can be stressful at times. Most importantly, this blog is a great way to document my travels and will act as a journal in some regards. A journal through which I can look back in time and reminisce about my adventures as a naive 25 year old exposing himself to the world and seeing how it embraces him.

So if you’ve made it this far and you’re still reading, then good for you… or rather good for me I should say. And if you like what you’ve read up until now then please keep reading; because not only does it feed my ego, but it also spreads the joys of travel from one person to the next. And that’s the truest form of learning and experiencing new new things in life.

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