Wow, time really really flies. I can’t believe we’re home now and our journey has come to an end. It really was an amazing experience and I think everyone should try to travel for an extended period of time in their lives if they can. Coming home, I took one look in my closet and felt both disgusted at how many clothes I own and at the same time amazed that I lived off of 4 t-shirts for 4 months. Ha! You really appreciate the simple things…like a comfortable bed and a hot water shower. It’s incredibly fascinating and eye-opening to see how other cultures live. So here’s the recap:
- Countries Visited: 6 (China, Nepal, Thailand, Cambodia, Indonesia, Japan)
- Favorite Country: China
- Best Food: Xian, China (paomo, street food, hand pulled noodles)
- Worst Food: Nepal
- Favorite Single Dish: Peking Duck at Da Dong in Beijing, China
- Best Cheap Eats: Mr. Yang’s Fried Dumplings in Shanghai, China
- Most Beautiful: Huangshan, China
- Best Diving: Komodo Islands
- Easiest Transportation: Thailand, runner up: China
- Most Difficult Transportation: Indonesia
- Cheapest: Nepal
- Most Expensive: Indonesia (well, Tokyo too)
- Best Access to Public Restrooms: China (seriously, every 100 feet)
- Times Chris Got Sick: 6 (including food poisoning, sinus cold, photoallergy reaction, altitude sickness, etc.)
- Most Beautiful Island: Gili Trawangan in Indonesia
- How Much We Were Over Budget: $450 (at a budget of $100/day for the two of us combined)
- Longest Travel Segment: 27 hours on a cigarette smoke-filled overnight ferry in Indonesia
- Best Lodging: Bali Hyatt (Mike had hotel points)
- Worst Lodging: Sairee Cottage on Ko Tao (only because we opted not to have A/C and paid $10/night)
- Would have spent more time in China and cut down time on the beach in Thailand. When you’re traveling for a long time, beach time gets boring really fast but it’s nice for your 1-2 week annual vacation.
- Would have brought a warmer jacket and better backpack for the Annapurna trek in Nepal.
- If it’s really really hot, always spend the $10 more to get the A/C!
If you’re planning a trip to any of these spots, let us know and we’ll email you our tips. Hope you enjoyed following along. As far as this blog goes, I’ll still be keeping it up with our upcoming adventures. Mike’s currently looking for work in international development in Africa or Asia, so that will likely be our next place of residence. In the meantime, we’ll be in LA and Chicago during this transition period. Being the crazy person that I am, about 12 hours after we landed in LA, I left for a 5 day camping trip in Sequoia with my mom and sister (who was home from DC). Talk about exhausted! So, look out for the next posts on Sequoia. You can subscribe to my blog in the upper right hand corner of the page and it will send you an email any time there’s a new post. Hope you enjoyed reading!