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I recently went on a two and a half week vacation to Thailand, Indonesia and Japan; specifically Koh Samui, Bangkok, Bali and Tokyo. With a little over a month’s notice, I booked my plane tickets from country to country, and wiped out a good portion of my savings accounts. So a little backstory on this trip, I had been planning on traveling to Bali for quite sometime now, I was just waiting until my cousin was going to be in Bali, since her family has a home there. I had saved up vacation hours and money and was just waiting for her call. The call came and she decided to go to Thailand first with some friends so I figured, why not meet her there? And while I’m over on that side of world, why not go to Tokyo?

  1. The scenery is mind blowingly beautiful. I adored Koh Samui. The beaches were just beautiful. Since I live right next to the ocean, this was similar and I loved it! What I didn’t realize I would love even more was Ubud, Bali. We stayed at the Villa Dhyan which left me speechless. I highly recommend staying at a more traditional setting when traveling instead of a hotel. I never thought I would enjoy the forest coming from a Southern California beach girl but WOW. I’ll never forget the sunsets, the vast amount of trees and the calmness that washed over me when staring into the forest.
  2. Get to know your family (or long distance friends)! Travel with your family, especially if you don’t live in the same place! Sometimes we just get so used to our comfort zone, that we don’t realize the opportunities that are at arm’s reach. Reach out to family and friends oversea and see if they would be willing to host you. Not having to pay for a hotel and having someone who knows the area is priceless. At the same time, bonding is a lot easier when you are sleeping in the same place.
  3. You find yourself when traveling. When you get so used to your immediate surroundings and routine, traveling kicks you into the unknown where everything is different. You may realize the friend that always flakes on plans just isn’t worth the headache anymore or you want your career to go in a different direction. Either way, it’s a great way to learn more about yourself.
  4. You make new friends. There’s nothing better than having friends from all over the world. There’s something about meeting people while traveling which makes the bond that much better.
  5. You create memories that will stay with you a lifetime. I now have multiple hilarious stories from my time in these different countries. Make sure to take photos and videos to remember it all!
  6. Traveling is solely for you. You need to reward yourself and spend time and money doing something for you. This is your time to be selfish and go someplace you want to go. You can leave the SO and friends behind (or travel with them) but at the end of the day, you deserve a vacation!
  7. The food wherever you go will be well worth the calories. Everywhere I went, the food was amazing. The pad thai in Bangkok, padang padang in Bali, the ramen in Tokyo, the list goes on!
  8. You will gain perspective which is so important for growth. Seeing how other people live (especially in poorer countries) helps you recognize that people view the world in so many different ways and different cultures value different things.
  9. It gets you off your phone. This was probably one of my favorite things about traveling was being disconnected from the world. Of course you still get wifi at certain places and perhaps your hotel room, but for the most part, you disconnect from social media and it is a great feeling.

This trip for me was well worth the time, effort and money. I encourage you to start planning your trip now!


Original Aticle on TheArisgold.com

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