It’s been quite some months since I left Europe. Currently I am in Koh Samui busy with my Muay Thai challenge. It’s super fun and nice to stay in one place for a longer period of time.
Starting in Hong Kong I started to feel that I have kept myself too busy. Too many sights, too many cities in a short period of time.
My last destinations Hong Kong, Macau and Korea were different from the other destinations.
I slept a lot. I didn’t see many sightseeing locations. I didn’t work on my blog. I just relaxed and ate 🙂 Except Korea. Korea was a lot of late nights and drinking. 😉
I started reading again, I watched a movie. I even read news 🙂
Some people can travel and just continue seeing and experiencing day after day. I need a break. And I need exercise. It’s not good for the body and soul to be constantly on the move. I’m not built to be a nomad. I miss luxuries of life and I miss being able to know people better than just on the surface.
On my earlier post I mentioned my traveling shoes, Nike and Toms shoes. It has turned out that the Nike shoes is very durable and the Toms shoes not so much. So I would not recommend Toms as a brand if you want a shoe that lasts for a long time. I tried to contact their customer service to inquire if it’s just my pair or a general issue but didn’t get anything else than automated responses. Until I emailed to close the case and all of a sudden got a response froma human being. A bit disappointing.
Especially after just finishing reading the book from the Chief Shoe Giver and founder of Toms. I guess it’s hard to keep the original value of customer service while growing the business 🙂
Below the shoes after only 2 weeks of use. My highlight was in Korea where I slipped in the toilet and fell on the floor. And trust me it was not water on the floor 🙂
For me it has chrystalized that the most important thing in traveling is not to tick boxes and visit everywhere. It’s much more important and interesting to meet local people, other travelers and enjoy the nature, surroundings and different cultures.
One of the most memorable and fun experiences I have had is through Couchsurfing. I highly recommend using the website and app especially if you are a solo traveler.
I have also had many interesting days and dinners with people I have met from Tinder. Tinder can be surprisingly handy for meeting nice local people after you filter out all the hook up stuff 🙂
Other worthy notes from the road:
/The highlight of every destination is not the place itself but the people I meet
/The hardest thing is the constant farewells with the new friends I have made
/The couple fashion is Asia is fascinating 🙂
/Use hotwire.com if you wish to have some privacy in a more fancy hotel for a decent price, as an example I stayed here when I had couple nights before going to Thailand in Kuala Lumpur
/So far I have taken 16 flights during this journey. The most pleasant airline has been Bangkok airways. Really friendly service. Clean and modern fleet. And free lounge also for economy class passengers. Cool!
/I decided to not care about the budget. 🙂 I still travel rather cheap but it’s not my style to look at every penny
/The stuff I packed has been more than enough. If you are looking for a packing guide this is the most handy one I have found, check the packing post from Daria
/ I can’t recommend Air BnB high enough. Currently in Koh Samui I have a fully modern flat for a really cheap price for the whole duration of the stay
As an ending note when I have been speaking with other travelers they tend to lose things along the way. Looking at myself I’m quite proud to have only lost 1 pair of ear plugs so far 🙂