Many travel bloggers out there are on a perpetual trip. You may have noticed that I’m not. I have a permanent home base in Toronto (Canada) and I travel from there.

Canada is a fine country for about half the year. And then the weather turns on you. It becomes cold, or dark, or both. It rains. It snows. I can’t stand it. So I leave. I’ve managed to escape a good chunk of the winter for four years running now. And this year won’t be any different, except I’m leaving earlier.

Typical winter departure day

Typical winter departure day

I’m taking off on an insanely early flight on Thursday morning. My first destination is Bangkok. It will take me about 34 hours door to door, due to a highly inconvenient series of flights that was also incredibly cheap ($904 US for a return ticket Toronto-Bangkok).

So next time you hear from me, I’ll be writing live (well, more like a zombie-state at first) from Thailand! For the next four months, you’ll be hearing about my adventures as they happen. No more of that “20 years ago…” reminiscing.

Below is a rough itinerary. To be honest, I don’t really know exactly where I’ll be after the first four weeks.

Itinerary:

Nov 29 – Dec 4: Bangkok, Thailand
Dec 4 – Dec 7: Trang, Thailand
Dec 7 – 25: Islands and beaches near Trang, then back to Bangkok
Dec 26 – Jan 22: Burma (Myanmar)
Jan 23 – Feb 28? Probably Chiang Rai, Thailand (writing and catching up on blog duties)
March 1 – 23: No real idea. Possibly a completely different country (Bali? Australia? China?)
March 24: Planned return date. I can’t even think that far.

The best way to know where I am is to keep reading bigtravelnut.com. I’ll try to stick to my Wednesday and Sunday posting schedule as much as possible. As I discovered during my West Coast trip in September, visiting new places and writing about them on the same day is exhausting. The last thing you want to do after walking around some dusty hot streets all day is power on your computer and write. But I’ll do my very best to keep you updated, including some interesting pictures. I’m taking my bulky DSLR so I can capture better images.

No matter how many trips I’ve taken, the last day before a long-term trip is always stressful. The number of small tasks I must accomplish seems to get longer as I cross them off. I can’t really breathe out until I’m in the taxi and convinced that my stove is really off and my door really locked, and that I haven’t forgotten anything. Despite my careful packing, I look at my bags and it feels like too much stuff already. Here is a picture of what I’m taking this time:

luggage

I’ve got a metal water bottle now

I’m checking the bigger bag and will be lugging the two smaller ones through four airports (Toronto Pearson, Washington Dulles, Tokyo Narita, and Bangkok Suvarnabhumi). On some sections of my trip, I will not be carrying the whole load, and will be leaving some stuff behind at my Bangkok guesthouse.

So I hope you’ll follow me on my journey. Don’t hesitate to leave comments or questions, and I’ll answer them when I have a chance. The next newsletter (now monthly) is scheduled for December 6, so if you haven’t subscribed yet, you can sign up in the box on the right-hand side.

To a new adventure!

P.S. As I finished typing this I got an email from a contact in Bangkok and learned about the escalating anti-government protests happening over there, pretty close to where my guesthouse is located. Well, I guess this trip just got more “interesting”.

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