Southeast Asia. The backpacker motherland. Cheap food, great weather, picturesque beaches and amazing monuments.
For decades now young (or young at heart) travelers have been creating a now well-trodden path through Southeast Asia, leaving in their wake a booming backpacker industry. And two years of on again off again travel, I finally made my pilgrimage the motherland.
There are literally HUNDREDS of travel blogs featuring information about Southeast Asia, many of which I read before and during my two month trip. There is probably very little left to be said about this region of the world that has not been said before, but in the interest of creating a blog which documents all my travels I will be writing obligatory travel blogger posts about everything from hanging with elephants in Chiang Mai and getting tailor-made clothes in Hoi An. Just like everyone else.
Seriously though, Southeast Asia is great and I will echo what most travel bloggers have reported: two months was NOWHERE NEAR enough time to explore everything this region has to offer. That being said, like 99.9% of people who dream of seeing the world, I am not a full time traveler with an indefinite amount of time, so I had to pare down my travel wish list and make the most of the time I have.
It is really hard to keep things in perspective whilst living in the strange and wonderful world of backpackers/long-term travelers. My two month trip seemed like a long weekend when compared to so many travelers with plans to spend far more time on the road.
I am by no means complaining about “only” having two months. I know that I am extremely lucky and that many people dream of taking a two month vacation. All I am saying is that comparison is the thief of joy, and it is very easy to fall prey to this while traveling in the backpacker mecca of the world.
I left Asia feeling satisfied, but wanting more. For me that is the mark of a great trip.
Writing about a region that has been written to death sometimes feels a little like a waste of my time, but the bottom line is that even though I followed the gringo trail and will likely be reiterating many things that could be found in basically any other travel blog, my experiences are my own and I feel like I would be short-changing myself and this blog if I did not holistically cover all my travels. This is a travel blog after all.