The Next Adventure: South East Asia and Beyond / by Heather

(photo credit: Asia Fisher)

Happy New Year!!

What’s that you say? It’s January 17th and I’m far behind all the 2012 wrap-ups, New Year wishes, and 2013 plan announcements of every other travel blogger out there? I know, it’s been tumbleweed-blowing-down-the-street quiet around QR lately, but I have a good excuse! I’m getting ready for an…. adventure.  A new one. A big one. One that doesn’t have an end date yet.

But we’ll get to that in a second.

First, I apologize to you, dear readers, for my library-grade silence on the site. My last international trip was last January and I’ve been in what I like to call the “paying my dues” cycle of my travel. My lifestyle is partially sedentary and I don’t make a lot of money, so my travel opportunities are something I have to time well and work hard and save for (right there…that’s the answer to your question, no need to ask me how I afford my trips).

After I’ve gone on one trip, I have a period of downtime where I get a job (or continue an existing one, depending on the circumstances) and build up my savings again for the next trip and various other life commodities. This time isn’t particularly exciting and especially this year, ended up occupying a lot of my time. At one point, I was working three different jobs and my idea of a weekend was one half-day off every other week. Even though it’s not a good excuse for not coming up with site content, I admit that this kind of full-steam routine drained my energy for QR-related work.

That being said, I wouldn’t call this due-paying stretch less fun or enriching than the travel time, but rather it gives me the opportunity to enjoy time-intensive hobbies, have a solid group of in-person friends, and learn skills that take a consistent routine (e.g daily fiddle practice). And the exciting thing is that often, this downtime can be spent in a brand new place that I can explore, as I did when I moved to Bellingham. I’m a big believer in moderation, which is why splitting my time between new homes, trips, and a “normal,” more settled existence works very well for me personally.

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What I'm trying to say is that I'm a very busy, important person who spends more time falling off unicycles than updating her blog. 

But that's changing.

I've lived here in Bellingham for a little over a year and a half now and though it is has gorgeous scenery and is a heart-felt city, the itchy feet started up again. Time to think about moving. This feeling had come up shortly after I had moved into a new place in Bham, with a very good friend of mine, Asia. Asia and I both have pet rabbits, and that unspoken bond between bunny people had brought us together when I first moved here, back in May 2012. You might know her from our Tesla vs Edison showdown.

Asia is from a small town in Alaska and has never been outside North America, but that didn’t stop her from immediately saying “yes,” when one day I came home and said out of the blue, “Want to go to Thailand with me?” She’s got the spirit.

(Pictured below: Asia riding a pterodactyl with her bunny, Bucky O’Hare.)

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Thus, the plan was born. First, hang around a while, saving furiously. Then...

Part 1: Quit our jobs, end our lease, and put all our stuff in storage. Leave January 25th for Bangkok and spend the next two months backpacking around Thailand, Laos, and Cambodia. Adventures may include but are not limited to: ladyboy cabarets, temple exploration overload, elephant sanctuary volunteering, jungle trekking, and the discovery of ancient ruins (beat only by a few hundred thousand tourists). We have no firm itinerary or plans, leaving lots of space for misadventures and impromptu quests. QR comes back to life with exciting, on-the-road posts and pictures. Avid readers can follow on Facebook for real-time updates and stories.

Part 2:  We return to Bellingham early April. Asia and I tearfully part ways and I load all my stuff from storage into my van and road trip back to my home turf of Southern California. I spend a month or two catching up with old friends and family, and preparing for Part 3, which is:

Part 3: Move to mystery location.

Yep, that’s all you get right now. Mystery location will be announced once all the stars align correctly. Why is it a mystery? Well the dirty truth is because it’s mostly a mystery to me too right now. I have my ideas…crazy, crazy ideas…rolling around in my head, but they are still baking. Stay tuned and you will not be disappointed.

So what does this plan mean for you? One of the things in these upcoming months that I am most excited about is the fact that this will give me time…real, not-jammed-around-a-9-5-job time...to develop my own projects that I have wanted to work on. 

How can you, beloved readers, become a part of this adventure? You can subscribe to QR by email to receive updates for new posts and exciting news or join me on Facebook. Share me with your friends (instantly guaranteed to make you 167% more popular). Contact me with your questions, comments and pictures of animals dressed in tiny people clothes.

2013 should be a hell of a year. And I want you along for the ride.