Okay. I’ve been wanting to share this for a while. But I also wanted to be sure things were really happening before I let it out. Here goes. I have officially leaped! Long story short, I was offered a full-time teaching position with the school I work for. I accepted. Perhaps more import to this story is that a friend living in Thailand invited me to visit over the summer. And you’ll be proud. It took me about half a second to think about it and answer with a resounding YES.
It sort of worked out perfectly that I accepted the teaching position just before I was offered a chance to do some serious summer traveling. Having the teaching contract gave me the comfort of knowing I wouldn’t be jobless upon return. And having someone awesome to help me figure out the trip gave me the confidence I needed to jump at the chance to travel.
So. On Sunday, I booked a 50-day trip to Thailand. I leave on June 18.
Yes, you read that right. That’s next week! I’m sort of running around like a crazy person, making sure I have everything I need and attempting to do a small amount of trip planning before the plane takes off.
I have little idea what to expect. I do know a few places I’d like to see. But the rest, I’m leaving up to the moment. Luckily, that friend staying in Thailand right now has been there before and happens to be somewhat of a professional traveler. I have no doubt that even when I jaunt off on my own, he’ll be able to give me lots of direction. It’s sort of the perfect first big trip for me. I’m going solo, but I won’t be alone. I’ll be in great company.
After I pressed the submit button and purchased my plane tickets, I had a small moment of freak-out. OMG. This is actually happening. And, yes, I’m still a little nervous. But mostly, I’m just seriously excited. For so many reasons, this is absolutely the perfect thing for me right now. So much so, I’m having a hard time focusing on everything I need to get done before I go. Like I have to grade final projects and final exams. I have to do some prep for biology class next year. And I still have another job that I’m committed to until the 17th (and I want to do a good job each of those days).
But at the same time, I sort of want to run down the street, with my hands in the air, screaming, “Woohoo! I’m actually going!!”
While I’m gone, I hope to blog regularly and update you with pictures and stories. I’ll tell you all about my adventures in Thailand (and Cambodia and, who knows, maybe Laos). Seriously, peeps, I’m so excited. So, so excited.
So send me good vibes. Have I mentioned how terrified I am of flying? No worries. I’ve got my Xanax (my favorite flying partner). This is all going to be such an awesome experience. I just know. I can feel it.