I haven’t even left yet and I’m already missing all your beautiful faces!
Am I totally screwed?
I don’t think so. Don’t get me wrong, loneliness is a legitimate concern. While I identify as an introvert, I can be socially acceptably outgoing. Also, as per Zoom-policy, I have a plan.
1. Blogging to stay connected with with my loved ones
I have a lot of supportive people in my life. Correction, I have an abundance of supportive people in my life. Seriously you guys, you fuckin’ move me. xoxo I hope that you’re getting as much out of our relationship as I am. ❤
I’m especially going to need that support throughout this journey. It’s important that we stay in touch! I’m not leaving, I’m just going. I look forward to making posts here and hearing your comments and feedback. If you’d like to see something, ask! If you want to know more about something particular – ask me! Any photo requests? You bet, just let me know. Let’s go hunting for happiness together, and bring some joy to the world – with style!
P.S If I somehow die on the trip, I want to be cremated, put into some fireworks and launched in a spectacular show. I need you guys to light some doobies and get your rock on – for me! Oh, and just burn my Mac. Please, for my parents.
Recommended by a friend, a Workaway membership has been the best $30 I’ve invested in this adventure so far. I haven’t even left the states yet and I already have some gigs lined up that are going to save me way more than $30. Workaway matches you with hosts in over 150 countries. In exchange for what seems to average 5 hours of work per day, 5 days a week, you can usually get bed/room and some meals. Hopefully this isn’t a human trafficking operation front!
Teaching English for 4 weeks in Chiang Rai, Thailand. I get the evenings and weekends off in exchange for my own room, a fan, and two meals a day. Unlimited tea and coffee are also included – thank god! This is going to save me a bundle, allow me to really experience the day to day life, and provides good experience.. Also, on my resume it looks like I’m still working. Sneaky, sneaky!
Playing cards with a local family in Hanoi, Vietnam. Hanoi is the capitol city of Vietnam, and it looks beautiful. I’ve been communicating with a family there who loves, loves, loves to play cards! They had already agreed to host someone the days I was going to be there, but they wanted to meet me so much that my contact reached out to her brother. Her brother’s family also loves to play cards and they agreed to host me. His wife teaches English at a school on the weekends and works for an American company doing IT. In exchange for my own room and full run of the house, I have to practice English with them for 3 hours a day, and play cards with them at night. Rough, huh?
I can’t wait to learn some Vietnamese card games! Though, they don’t know who they’re dealing with (haha, dealing! no pun intended). I’ll take it easy on them – at first! 😉
Working at a Cat Cafe in Hoi An, Vietnam. Again, I’ll be there for 4 weeks. For 5 hrs/day, they are renting me my own room in the city. I’ll commute to work and everything. I’ll be helping them with cat care, menu creation, and adding some speciality vegetarian dishes to their menu.
At least once I’m going to have wake the city up with “Gooooood Moooorning, Vietnam!!” RIP Robin Williams, I fucking love you, man.
The Workaways are already helping me feel connected! The woman who runs the school, Toi, is very friendly I can tell. Getting to know the staff, the kids, the guests and share the city with them all is going to be a great first step in connecting with others.
I am an avid fan of couchsurfing! My first real vacation as an adult was to Tennessee. Traveling with a college friend, we stayed with a couple and had the most wonderful time. They showed us around town, took us out to dinner and even gave us a key to the house. I’ve been involved in couchsurfing ever since! I’ve been hosting the last several years and have never had a bad experience! I figure I might as well give it a spin abroad!
Couchsurfers love to share experiences and culture, so they seem like the perfect group of people to surround myself with!
4. Learning the local language
So, this one might be a flop. Up to this point, I’ve never been good at learning other languages. I took Spanish in high school just like everyone else. Granted, I was young and maybe not paying attention or caring as much as I would now, but still. That being said, I think that learning basic phrases in the local language will be a great way to interact with the community. A friend of mine recommended the Pimsleur courses, which I just downloaded. Wish me luck on this one!
5. If you have any tips or ideas for coping with loneliness, or things that have worked for you on your travels, I would love to hear them! Please comment!
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