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Guess Who’s Going to Southeast Asia?!

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!

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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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  • Reply
    November 17, 2014 at 11:04 am

    Congratulations! When you go to Laos, don’t miss Luang Prabang.

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      December 5, 2014 at 10:50 am

      Thank you so much! I wrote that down in my planning notes! I’m so excited to finally be visiting Asia!

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    November 17, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    I saw your news on Ig but let me say again Ah wow!!!
    I haven’t been to any of these countries (well not in my adult memory, I don’t think Thailand at age 3 counts!!)
    Wonderful to in sure.
    I have a friend currently living in hcmc, she loves the place and while of Vietnam!
    My most jealous of destination, Cambodia, I would love to visit!!

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      December 5, 2014 at 10:52 am

      Thank you so much, Holly! You’re always so sweet to comment 🙂 (I need to get better at responding to these sooner!)
      Cambodia is one of the three I’m most looking forward too and Vietnam is up there too! I’m flying in/out if HCMC and we’re quite excited to see what we get ourselves into! Ha Cheers!

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    November 17, 2014 at 1:02 pm

    So excited for y’all and I can’t wait to follow your trip!!! 🙂

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      December 5, 2014 at 10:53 am

      Thanks, Lina! I’m still hoping y’all will just pop up somewhere along the way 😉

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    November 17, 2014 at 4:36 pm

    Aaaaah, that’s so exciting! I’ve been to Taiwan, but I’ve been dreaming of visiting more of Southeast Asia in the near future. Perhaps we’ll run into each other! 😉

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      December 5, 2014 at 10:56 am

      That would be too much fun! I love blog-meetups! 🙂 I am quite excited to explore this area. I have a feeling I’m going to fall in love with it! 🙂

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    November 18, 2014 at 3:37 am

    I am curious about what your job is that you can take so much time off from work all the time. Must be nice.

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      December 5, 2014 at 11:00 am

      Gretchen, I have made a conscious decision to make traveling a priority, which means not having the typical 9-5 job. I do some writing, I work more than one job, do odd jobs and sell products I make to save up large amounts of money, and then I take that money and go somewhere new. Traveling and learning through travel is my passion, so I do what it takes to be able to do it as much as possible. It is nice to be able to travel, but I work very, very hard (currently working 60hrs a week) and save it all away for these big trips.

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    laura kilty
    November 18, 2014 at 11:53 am

    Amazing! I want to visit that area of the world at some point too! I look forward to reading all about your adventures!

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      December 5, 2014 at 11:00 am

      Thank you, Laura! I know you’ll get to make it there too 🙂

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    November 18, 2014 at 4:26 pm

    Very good! Bon voyage!

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      December 5, 2014 at 11:01 am

      Thanks, Brian! I’m so looking forward to it!

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    Dee Gilbert
    November 20, 2014 at 11:51 am

    You have to go to Palawan in the Philippines for a boat ride in the underground river and to snorkel in Honda Bay. If you have more time, visit Coron and El Nido. Have fun!

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      December 5, 2014 at 11:05 am

      Thank you so much, Dee! I wrote those places down in my trip planning notes! Thanks for the suggestions!

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    November 20, 2014 at 6:25 pm

    I am dying dying dying to see Cambodia and Vietnam, very jealous! Be sure to keep us all satiated with photos and stories!

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      December 5, 2014 at 11:06 am

      Becky, I hope that you’ll enjoy the photos and posts! I’m quite excited about going! It still seems so far away, but I know it’s going to fly by and get here sooner than I know!

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