Sunday, 24 August 2014

The end of a sub-continent.

After 2 and a half months, 14 flights, over 150 hours on long distance buses, numerous trains, boats, tuk tuks, tricycles, jeepneys, mopeds and goodness knows what else, I made it home from my first long-term solo adventure in one piece.

I can’t say this journey didn’t push me to my limits at points, but I don’t have a single regret. From rock climbing and tight rope walking in Koh Phi Phi, Thailand, to trekking through the Cameron Highlands, Malaysia, to trusting a complete stranger and ending up riding a bull in Masabate, the Philippines…. it’s been a wild trip. I laughed, I cried, and I laughed again. I learnt what independence really means, and I felt an attachment to my family stronger than I ever had before after seeing the importance of familial relationship out there.


I’ve returned wiser than I ever thought I would. I have learnt a great deal about Asian history and culture. The locals unknowingly taught me so much. From the way I take education for granted, to how meaningless money is in determining happiness. I’ve seen kids who have nothing but their family yet never before have I seen a face so filled with joy playing around in dirt, on the beach, or splashing with friends in muddy water.

As much as we increasingly lose faith in humanity due to the all the wrong doings in the world, I’ve been shown the strength of a community, and how generous and loving people can be without having reason. The world is warm, welcoming and ready to embrace you. It’s a shame the minority ruin this image for us.

Finally, I’d like to also take time to say thank-you to certain people for accompanying me along parts of my trip and making it all that much better. I really did meet some amazing people along the way. Of course it wouldn’t be right if I didn’t mention my Asian partner in crime, Olivia, for kindling my love of Asia last year. I wish you’d been with me girl, you’d have loved it, I miss you.

With that, I guess all I can say is I urge you to travel and push your boundaries.

Die with memories, not dreams.

Until next time South-East Asia, it’s been a fun ride.
Xx

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