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1. Posted by tanjian (Budding Member 27 posts) 11y

Hello TP!

Right now I am stuck at work at my boring government job. Again I find myself thinking, is this North American rat race life for me? Am I doomed forever to snick and snack while routinely conducting the 9-5?

I have figured out a temporary exit plan. I will be going on a leave of absence for six months, commencing June 2006. I will use most of this time to travel around EAST ASIA (though my mind is pretty open to anywhere else). I will definitely be going to Bali and learning to surf (oh yeah... one more down on the "things to do before I die" list). I heard it can be a very spiritual experience.

It will be my first time backpacking (now that what I call a newbie). I hope to get some tips and maybe even meet up with a few people while backpacking through TP. Since it seems a lot of you have travelled quite extensively, any suggestions? Where is the most interesting, strange, unique place you been to around South East Asia?

BTW: Canadian, Single Male, 28

2. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 11y

Hello Tanjian and welcome to Travellerspoint!

I've been to both Thailand and Bali and would recommend them. They are slightly touristy but there's plenty of space to get away from that part of both countries. The north of Bali for example is extremely quiet after the bomb and is beautiful!

Planning a trip to China one of these days.... I really want to experience it before the 2008 Olympics

Catch you later !

Sam

3. Posted by tanjian (Budding Member 27 posts) 11y

Hello Sam I Am,

China would be a great place to visit (just saw Shanghai on Amazing Race, can't believe how big the city looked!). Hope you enjoy.

Did you get to see Phuket island in Thailand? I heard it got hit by the tsunami. If you did go, how hard is it to get there?

4. Posted by travelover (Respected Member 494 posts) 11y

Hey Tanjian!

A Canadian and an Amazing Race fan to boot! Sounds like we have all the important things in common ;)! JUST KIDDING! But I am Canadian as well (from Montreal) and I am a psychotic fan of the Amazing Race (had a thread going on about it for a while before it got burried in other threads!). You have come to the right place for advice on backpacking/travelling! You're gonna see how helpful people are here and hopefully I'll be able to help as well! Welcome!

Tamar