24 hours till take off
I had this vision of myself being one of those travel bloggers who could put together an interesting, well photographed guide of what I’ve packed for Asia. Those were some lovely thoughts but reality has kicked in and with no set return date, it turns out I have in fact tried to pack my entire life. The two backpack system I thought would work, was no where near big enough for all my “essentials” and trust me I have tried to narrow it down. My large suitcase is exactly 46 pounds, just squeaking under that 50 lb airport bag limit. Plus I have a backpack full of my valuables and plane entertainment. The funny part is, I don’t even feel like I have packed a lot considering I am leaving for around 9 months. I’ll let you judge my packing skills for yourself by throwing in a list at the bottom of this post.
My backup plan, was to try to be one of those informative bloggers who gave you all the details, tips and tricks on how to prepare for international travel. I even started typing and then had to delete it while laughing at myself. Lets be real, this information is abundant and since this is my first long term trip, I’m sure I still have much to learn. With this in mind, I have decided to make this post the most me it can be, by sharing my itinerary and all the feelings of excitement that comes along with this crazy wonderful adventure I get to call my life.
Even now, the day before my flight leaves I cannot wrap my head around the fact that this is really happening. I feel like I have been living in a fantasy land for the last two months and that time passed faster than I could keep up with. The build up to this moment has been literal years in the making and suddenly, I have arrived.
I start my journey in Canggu, Bali, Indonesia arriving two days ahead of my Yoga Teacher Training with Zuna Yoga. This extra time before class starts gives me a chance to acclimate to the 15 hour time difference, the massive temperature change and whatever jet lag I may have. Training lasts for 28 days of intensive lecture, philosophy, workshops and lots of practice teaching with my classmates. I graduate August 2nd and will be spending the rest of the month on my own, exploring Bali and the neighboring island of Lombok! The final stop in Indonesia will be at the end of August where I will be meeting up with my other yoga school, Yandara, for a one day training in the north of Bali.
As for the next 7 months I have a loose plan of spending about 3 weeks in each country based on who has the best weather but traveling alone gives me the freedom to switch up my plans at any given moment so if you’re not already, go sign up for my Newsletter to stay updated. For the time being, I think Vietnam will be my second stop, then Philippines, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore very last before flying home to Oregon. With no real expectations or time constraints I imagine most of my focus will be on experiencing unique local culture and cuisine, hiking, lounging by pools or beaches, and visiting temples. I do not intend to work while abroad, thank you past self for working hard and allowing present me to just have fun! That being said, if the opportunity to volunteer or work at a yoga retreat presents itself, I will take it in a heartbeat because running my own retreat is the ultimate goal and learning the ropes from someone experienced would be ideal. On top of all that, I have been doing some research into Vipassana retreats (basically a week of meditation and silence) which I believe will be healing on so many levels. This is my time to push myself out of my comfort zone and into some serious personal growth/soul searching and I intend to make the most of it. After 5 years of hard work and planning and this is my reality. I am so happy you are here to witness and hopefully get inspired to take action on a dream of your own!
My pre flight gratitude list:
I got so lucky that my family and friends support me.
I am beyond grateful that I made this my priority.
Warm Weather!!!!! <3
Backpack full of airport snacks
So many new experiences coming my way!!
Clothing wise I have:
8 pants and shorts
10 shirts in varying sleeve lengths
1 dress (in case I need to look nice)
3 swim covers
1 rain jacket
2 Pajama sets
scarf (for modesty / to go into temples)
all the socks and underwear that fit into one pocket of my suitcase
Other “essentials” include:
Literally all the airport snacks
Life straw (for clean water no matter where I am)
travel cup (to reduce my plastic use)
Text book and two note books for my training
Two books for fun/personal reading
Journal and pens
travel pillow (its tiny and blows up pretty decent size)
Insane amounts of bug spray
little speaker for yoga flows on the go