My name is Susan and I am a 26-year-old living with my partner Andy in Austin, Texas after a year spent abroad–mostly in Thailand, but eventually venturing to locations all around the northern hemisphere. This website exists to document that adventure.
We moved to Chiang Mai, Thailand because, despite my geography degree, I had never lived abroad as an adult or spent much time in a developing country. I wanted a challenge, and Andy said, “Ok! Let’s go! How can I help?” and that’s one reason I’m marrying him. While based in Chiang Mai, we attended Thai language classes, ate inconceivably delicious food, and rode our scooter to the lake, taking sojourns to other countries in the region all the while.
When we were ready to return home (well, Andy was ready, I was not), we did it the long way, visiting 14 additional countries, staying with friends in Nepal, visiting Beijing on National Day, tackling the Trans-Siberian Railway, eating across Istanbul, and venturing through Europe by train. When all that was done, we took a fancy ocean liner to New York City just in time for Christmas 2012.
I’m sure by now you’ve got a few suspicions about us. To confirm, yes, Andy and I are those people–the ones who quit jobs when there are only approximately six jobs in the entire country to go spend years of savings on something entirely unpractical. We did it because we’re young, able, and because we can. In my observation of the world, getting up and doing something entirely different from what you’ve been accustomed only gets harder. (See here for more elaboration.) Though we worked hard to save enough money to make this happen, we are aware that we are extremely privileged.
I’ve barely begun telling the story of our travels, though the travels themselves are quite finished by now. I hope you’ll stick along as I unearth photos, sift through notes, and compose stories.
I have no idea what I will do next.
For more about why I went to Thailand, try reading these posts:
- In the Beginning There Was Salty Champagne
- Why Chiang Mai?
- Chiang Mai Life: Report on the First Month Living as a Semi-Expat
For travel stories, anecdotes, journals, and packing lists, check out the Travel Category in full.
For information on Chiang Mai as a place to live, see the Expat Life in Chiang Mai Category.
For information on traveling in Southeast Asia, these are the most useful posts:
- Bangkok “Day of Rest” Itinerary (Bangkok)
- How to Get to the Grand Palace from Silom Road (Bangkok)
- Soak in Sulfur at the San Kamphaeng Hot Springs (Chiang Mai)
- My New Favorite Place: Huay Kaew Falls (Chiang Mai)
- How to Spend a Weekend in Pai, Thailand (Pai)
- A List of Things We Could Have Done Better in Koh Chang (Koh Chang)
- I’ve Seen Paradise, It Was Pretty Cool: A Week on Koh Chang (Koh Chang)
- How to Book Train Tickets in Thailand Without Losing Your Mind (Thailand)
- Thailand and Malaysia Train Travel Survival List (Thailand, Malaysia)
- I <3 KL (Kuala Lumpur)
- The Part No One Tells You: Getting to Singapore’s MRT System from the Train Station is Hard (Singapore)
- Everything I Ate in Singapore (Singapore)
- Getting Emotional in Vietnam (Vietnam)
- Making Vietnamese Coconut Caramels (Mekong Delta, Vietnam)
- Postcards from Hoi An (Hoi An, Vietnam)
- Everything I Ate in Vietnam, Part I (Vietnam)
- Everything I Ate in Vietnam, Part II (Vietnam)
- Rainy Season on Krabi’s Railay West (Krabi)
- The Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Food on Krabi’s Railay West (Krabi)
- The City of Leopards and Stars/Chiang Da0/เชียงดาว (Chiang Dao)
- Muang On Cave: An Authentic Thai Attraction (Chiang Mai)
- Secrets in Phonsavan, Laos (Phonsavan, Laos)
- Everything I Ate in Laos (Laos)
- An Ode to Beerlao (Laos)
- The Tourism Gradient of Pakbeng, Laos (Pakbeng, Laos)
- Teaching English in Luang Prabang, Laos (Luang Prabang, Laos)
- Drifting Down the Mekong in a Slow Boat (Laos)
- A List of Things Tangentially Related to Myanmar (Burma) (Myanmar/Burma)
- The Fascinating Tale of How We Went to Myanmar and Never Left Yangon (Yangon/Rangoon, Myanmar/Burma)
- Getting Robbed in Yangon, Myanmar: The Complete Story (Yangon/Rangoon, Myanmar/Burma)
- The Typical Burmese Table (Myanmar/Burma)
Hi! I'm Susan, and this is my travel journal. You can read more about me here.
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