I have been dreaming of visiting anywhere in Asia for years and years. I have felt some sort of connection with what I know of Asian culture since I was about 16. I read a book called Holy Cow, which opened my eyes to the thought of diving into and learning about other religions and how those beliefs affected their cultures. Eastern ideas of suffering, being, dharma, karma and other philosophies pulled me in and have continued to resonate with and captivate me. I studied eastern religions at my university, taking trips to a Sri Lankan Theravada temple and a Chinese Mahayana temple in a St. Louis with my favorite professor from whom I learned so much more about these religions than I ever knew existed.
The venerable abbot from the Fo Guang Shan Mahayana Buddhist Temple I visited in St. Louis, Missouri
A robe presentation ceremony at a Sri Lankan Theravada Temple I visited in St. Louis, Missouri
On top of all that, I have been craving a new experience. I’ve been craving a culture shock. I love having new experience and traveling anywhere is a treat to me, but I still have wanted something more.
So, two weeks ago now, Stacey and I bought plane tickets. I’m so very excited to announce that For the Love of Wanderlust is going to Southeast Asia! Stacey and I will be visiting Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Burma, Malaysia, Indonesia, The Philippines and Vietnam over a total of 101 days!
We have the ticket, now is the fun part- loads and loads of research and some planning! So give me tips, share photos, tips and blog posts in the comments! I’m so excited to share this amazing trip with my best friend and one of my favorite travel partners!
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