I present to you my plan for the next 6 months. To break away from my cycles of life crisis, I have decided to immerse myself with the people and cultures across India, Southeast Asia, and Japan! What better way to find myself than by losing myself in raw life, away from social pressures, financial responsibilities, or career plans? Meeting, seeing, and experiencing other people’s lives to open up my mind and expand my awareness of living a life. There are billions of ways to live a life, in fact, every single life that has ever lived, was and will be lived differently. I know that this will be a trip of a lifetime and I will be a changed man after it.
This is what my Asian trip looks like so far:
5th October 2014 Manchester, UK to Mumbai, India
November 2014 India to Singapore and Bali, Indonesia
December 2014 Malaysia and Thailand
January 2015 Thailand and Cambodia
February 2015 Vietnam, Hong Kong and Macau
March 2015 South Korea and Japan
17th March 2015 Tokyo, Japan to Brussels, Belgium
Nothing is written in stone but this is a rough idea of where I’ll be going. I’m open for recommendations and itinerary tips. As you can see I’m returning to Brussels, Belgium after my trip around Asia because this is where my family lives so I will be spending some time with them. But this won’t be the place where I will settle. I have decided to move to Brazil late Spring 2015. The opportunity to move there has arisen and I feel I should embrace it.
I am beyond excited for this trip I have planned, never would I have imagined that I would do such a thing. This reminds me of a Spanish saying my uncle told me several times “La vida da muchas vueltas” which literally means “Life does a lot of turns” or you never know where life will take you. In the past I thought I was very much in control of the direction I was going to, but I have learned that this is just an illusion, life circumstances really do change all the time.
I’m so happy and grateful for all the support I have received from family and friends even though I have rejected a PhD offer, left my job, and am walking away from my work field.
This announcement makes the first post of my new Life Category: Travel where I will be sharing stories from my travels. I hope you’ll join me on this amazing experience even if it is just virtually, your presence makes this trip that more magical.