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Reminiscences of Southeast Asia

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SubscribeFiled Under: Laos, Myanmar (Burma), Thailand, Vietnam,by Neeraj

“Wandering re-establishes the original harmony which once existed between man and the universe.” -Anatole France

It’s back to square one after a long journey in Southeast Asia. A boundless journey which I embarked on all alone. A journey, the rewards of which cannot be measured in monetary terms. A journey, the experiences from which will stay with me for a life time. A journey, which has shaped me into a better person today.

Itinerary of solo backpacking trip to Southeast Asia

Itinerary of solo backpacking trip to Southeast Asia

I was traveling in Southeast Asia’s Indochina region. Indochina is another name for mainland Southeast Asia, which comprises of Myanmar (Burma), Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam and peninsular Malaysia.

Do Svidania: Here Today, Gone Tomorrow…

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SubscribeFiled Under: Laos, Myanmar (Burma), Thailand, Travel Plans, Vietnam,by Neeraj

I’m leaving for my trip tomorrow. I’m quite nervous, anxious, scared and don’t feel like going anymore. I keep telling myself this is supposed to be fun and exciting. Going away for an extended period of time, as I am, I feel a bit overwhelmed. I felt the same way before going to Southeast Asia last year for the first time. But that was only for two weeks; this time my trip is more than twice as long. Another factor adding to my anxiety level is the fact that my plane lands in Bangkok at midnight. It would’ve been much better if I was reaching Bangkok during the day time. Anyhow, like last time, it promises to be an excellent learning experience and an adventure to remember.

Beyond Rangoon: Myanmar and Laos

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SubscribeFiled Under: Laos, Myanmar (Burma), Thailand, Travel Plans, Vietnam,by Neeraj

Temples of Bagan (Myanmar)

Temples of Bagan (Myanmar)

“Add life to years rather than adding years to life.” – Baba Amte

So far, the year 2009 is shaping up to be the year of uncertainty for me. We are now into May and I’ve yet to find employment. My most promising lead has fizzled out after four interviews since February; the position was put on hold for now.

Having said that, the job market is improving. I suspect the recession is coming to an end. Most global stock indices have rallied over 20% since bottoming out in early March. Stock markets are leading indicators of the economy and they rally well before we get confirmation that the recession is indeed over. Similarly, the markets had started dropping well before we knew we were in a recession.

So, after over three months of looking for a job, do I still think that the risk of quitting my job and going travelling was worth it? The answer is a definite yes. There were some things I wanted to do while I’m still young and I consider myself fortunate to be able to do it. Things like solo backpacking in Southeast Asia, travelling in India, trekking in the Himalayas, and mountaineering. Since when is it wrong to set goals and getting them accomplished? I just happened to have some non-career related goals at the time.