Adventure Awaits: A Month in Asia

Everyone says to enjoy the single life, so why not quit your job and travel? Ha! While I am very grateful for the job I have had for the last four years, I decided to take a break from the demands of a high-stress environment to do exactly that. I don’t know where I’ll end up, but I’m excited to find out! Let the adventure begin! First stop, ASIA!!!

Map of Asia
2016, this is the year when I throw what is expected of me out the window, the year I decide not to follow the beaten path of climbing the corporate ladder, the year I follow my heart instead of what my mind thinks is logically right.

During the last few months, I have continuously found myself at a fork in the road: Do I continue to work, not sleep, travel from coast to coast week after week not being able to put roots in one city? Do I continue to put my career above building relationships? Do I continue to follow this extraordinary path I have built for myself, a career that is leading me to become a VP before 30 which has been one of my goals? OR, Do I walk away? Do I allow myself time to take a break for my health and to really think about my next steps? Do I follow my personal goal of taking a mini-retirement to travel and maybe live in Italy for a month before I am 30? Do I take a risk by following the unknown path? Do I let go and trust in fate?

For almost a decade now I have been working non-stop with no breaks in between jobs. Yes, the last three years I have been fortunate enough to vacation around the world a few weeks out of the year, but it didn’t come without a price – a lot of late nights in the office, sacrificing my personal life and relationships for work, and dealing with the high-stress levels associated with deadline after deadline. While I am grateful for my experiences, what I have learned throughout my career thus far, the opportunities I have had to grow and develop into a strong leader, and for my job which has allowed me to see the world, this is the year I am ‘throwing it all away.’ Ok, maybe I’m just putting it on ‘hold,’ but this is the year I finally decided to put my personal interests and health first.

Today, I am setting out on an unknown path and I have no idea where it will lead. Although nerve-racking, it is also exciting :). Not knowing where I will be 6 months from now really feels like anything can happen, like the world is truly my oyster. Don’t get me wrong, it’s freaking scary – a part of me even thought about going back to work but I have to do this. Who knows when this opportunity will come again?!

Without a map, without a path to follow, life can take me anywhere! One thing I do know for sure is that I am heading to Asia for the first time in 16 years! Here’s where I’m headed for the next month and a half!

Bangkok + Islands, Thailand
From temples to canal markets to street food and tuk tuks to beautiful crystal clear waters on the islands, I can’t wait to explore a world I have never seen.

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Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
Formerly but still known as Saigon, I’m looking forward learning more about its history and culture.

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Siem Reap, Cambodia
The main thing I would like to see here are the ancient temples in Angkor, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Hoi An & Hue, Vietnam
Another UNESCO World Heritage site is Hoi An as it is an exceptionally well preserved example of a Southeast Asian trading port dating back to the 15th century.

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Bali, Indonesia
Bali has been on my list long before Eat, Pray, Love came out but I’m excited to relax, reflect, and pray on my journey.

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Singapore
My last stop is where it all began, where my desire to travel and see the world began – Singapore.

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“Adventure Awaits” – 2016

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