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1. Posted by toufon (Budding Member 12 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

I'm tired of Canadian Winters. I'm tired of not doing all the things i said i'd "one day" do. I'm tired lamenting my last relationship and brooding about being alone.

So my remedy was pretty drastic. I sold the property, sold the car (Honda SIR, sniff), paired down my clothes to a few shorts, pants, t-shirts, and hiking boots, sat in a corner...looked at the remnants of my worldly possessions stuffed into a Bora 80 Packpack and felt for the moment that i should be locked in a white room with a straight jacket on. Now i see why people do this at age 20 and not 30.

The good part about selling everything is that you have money in the bank account. To the tune of over $30,000!!

So I bought a ticket to Bangkok, Thailand and leave on December 31st to start my new life come the new year.

Thing being, i'm going to be kinda lonely i think. Having a wifey around for the past few years made me lose my independance and i kinda relied on her for her company and getting things done.

So if you'd like to join me, either at the outset or at some point along the way, i'd more than love the company. I'm starting in Thailand and will use my 60 days up there before moving on. Which direction is up to me, i'm my own pilot with no set direction or time limit.

My plan is to drift south first, so Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei, Phillipines, Australia, New Zealand, French Polynesia are all on the "to do" list. That'll all take over a year or two, so let me know at what point you'd like to jump in, and i can manouvre my way to where you are.

I'm 30 (blech), athletic, adventurous, like climbing things, scuba diving, and like lazing out on beaches as well. I'm layed back, funny (i like to think so), don't smoke, and so on.

If you think i'm balls crazy for doing this and you'd like to say so, by all means let me have it as well. I personally dont know what to think about what i'm doing.

Hope to hear from someone.


2. Posted by Rach-a (Respected Member 368 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

Hi Craig,

no you're not mad. Swap your white coat for the hiking boots, backpack etc. and get out there!! You have made a decision to get out there and I recommend you follow it through. I am planning travelling - I doubt I will be in the countries you mentioned at the time you are going but I do reckon you will meet folk out there!! I have been told I will meet loads of people out there, I am 24 now and have been wanting to travel for about 7 years - yes 7 years and I have finally decided this year I am going for definite!!! I say you are never too old to do it. 'You are only as old as what you feel' is what they say isn't it? I can't say out there that you wont be alone some of the time - but that could be a good thing! I can handle that if I am out in the middle of nowhere and being alone - sometimes it's nice. I would probably take time to reflect, take photos, paint or write a diary/journal whatever!! I feel I'm bound to meet company out there - people will get along with you as they are happy cos they are travelling and should have plenty to talk about with them!! Think of the stuff out there - scuba diving/snorkelling Australia, temples, different cultures, beach parties - whatever takes your fancy. Take a deep breath, go for it and take the plunge!!!

Best of luck

Rachael ;)

3. Posted by toufon (Budding Member 12 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

Holy cow, are you kidding me, i bought the plane ticket to Bangkok today leaving on December 31st, celebrating New Years in the air, and starting 2004 in a new land. This is now terrifyingly exciting and nerveracking all at the same time.

Hope to meet up with some of you out there!!!


4. Posted by Rach-a (Respected Member 368 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

:) Well that's a different way of doing things - flying new years eve and celebrating hogmanay up there in the air !! Sounds fun - just thought before you sounded a little aprehensive - I was obviously mistaken hope you have a good trip !!