Its almost the beginning of February which means the last month I will work. In March, I take off and fly to Japan and then to Vietnam. Once in Hanoi, I will spend 3 months living and playing, eating and drinking, seeing and doing. Then I catch the train from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City for more of the same.
To tell the truth its been since 2011 that I have had this dream. At times, I never believed I would get to be within 30 days of going. 30 days of being able to leave the Bay Area. A place I never cared for or wanted to live in. I remember back then sometimes after beer only fantasizing about what it would be like when all the things would come together. I wondered then if I would find a job that would let me pay off all debt. Dreams, dear friends. Dreams. So much closer to reality.
The blog is about to turn a corner, become a new thing. That one category Travel will have a new friend soon join it. I am going to launch the category Vagabonding because what I will do is not travel. Travel to me has a beginning and end. I saw this happen time and again when I traveled for work. I would go to India or Singapore or Hanoi or wherever and it would begin and end. My friend AFT does the same. There is a sublime difference between traveling in a number of days that some company buys you. Then you have to live by a set of company rules. They tell you how long to stay and when to go.
Vagabonding on the other hand has no rules. You wander place to place with no fixed home or job. You may wander. Wandering is another great word and when you combine it with lust, you get the true measure of the words.
So welcome my new category dear readers. I’ll embrace the wanderlust and finally be that one thing which was withheld me. First off Japan and then Vietnam and Cambodia. Perhaps Thailand and Laos and China. Life is open for business.