I’ve been fortunate to be on some amazing trips in my various journeys. The one that had the biggest impact on my life was when I was 19 – I went to Thailand and Malaysia with my friend Josh. The reason it changed things so drastically for me was the echo it had with my parents. So, I’m not a parent and don’t planning on becoming one. I have no idea what it is to let a child go out into the world, but you can imagine my parents were none to happy with me coming home and announcing I was going halfway around the world with someone they had never met. I dug in. Threats were made about pulling my financial support, but I kept firm. Two weeks before I turned 20, I took off for Thaliand (by way of Korea). The trip was equal parts fun and crazy – I got sunburned, I sunbathed topless, I met cute Irish boys, I ate peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and pad thai and kimchi fell in love with banana pancakes. I drove a moped after learning how to start and drive it in under five minutes (in busy traffic). I climbed waterfalls. This was before internet (really). I can’t even remember how I let my family know I was safely in Thailand.
I returned as someone who wanted to see the world – and have been trying to do so ever since! It wouldn’t be my last trip with Josh, nor would it be my last trip to Thailand.