Adventure Of A Lifetime: The Ultimate Post-Grad Experience In SE Asia

Our adventure began just like any other…

3…2…1…BANGKOK!

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This is precisely the amount of time it took Kyle and I to make a very spontaneous decision to call Bangkok our home for the next…well actually we had no clue how long we were about to stay. Kyle and I didn’t know a thing about the place and on a complete whim, in a tiny hostel in Vietnam, we booked a flight to begin the adventure of a lifetime.

I would be lying if I said adjusting to a life in Asia was a complete breeze.

Only a month prior to beginning this grand adventure, I had graduated from Chapman University with the thought that I would be working full time at an entertainment company in Los Angeles. It’s funny how things can change in the blink of an eye. Before I knew it, Kyle and I were hugging our friends goodbye at an airport in India. We had no plan and no date in mind of when we would see them next. After having traveled with them for a full month, the goodbyes were definitely hard. 

Kyle and I flew to Bangkok on June 22nd, 2017. Our adventure began!

There were overwhelming and contrasting feelings as I sat on that flight. I was beyond excited and knew it was the exact thing I was supposed to be doing. But…there was also this part of me that was afraid and anxious about the uncertainty of this adventure. I was in desperate need of sleep, that is one thing I knew for sure.

We found a nice and removed Airbnb for a couple nights. Thankfully, we were able to regroup, workout, and most of all, have time to make a plan of action.

To this day, I’m not sure there ever was a plan of action. We have constantly been living on the edge of our seats! Plans are constantly changing and I’ve have grown to truly love this lifestyle.

Life is about taking risks and pushing yourself outside your comfort zone. This is how you are really going to find growth within yourself.

I may sound like I am preaching to the choir, but it’s true and I have experienced it first hand. One of my favorite quotes (sorry I’m a quote person) is by the famous artist, Vincent Van Gough.

“Normality is a paved road; It’s comfortable to walk, but no flowers grow”.

There is nothing wrong with doing something normal and doing what is expected of you. On the other hand, if you allow yourself to take risks in the meantime, you might really be able to experience something special.

Never in a million years would I call this adventure an easy one. There have been times of extreme appreciation of life and on the opposite spectrum, times when stress completely took over.

It may look like from the photos of travelers and bloggers like everything is just peachy…but what is hiding beneath is all the challenges that surface along the way.

All in all, I have learned so much throughout this journey. Kyle and I are eager to share how we managed to travel for over 10 months after having just graduated from college.

If you enjoyed our story, then you’ll love our most popular posts: Lessons Learned From Traveling Abroad (Part 1 + Part 2), How We Started A Business Abroad, and How To Pack For Backpacking!

– Morgan

 

1 Comment

  1. This is so great you guys!! So many people ask me, “How have they traveled through SE Asia for so long not knowing the language?” It’s your combined determination to live each day to the fullest, even days of deadly bee stings. What a gift this blog will be to so many!! Well done!!! So proud of both of you!!! ❤️❤️❤️

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