The end of an era.
The end of college, my relationship, and AMC’s show Mad Men (Donald Draper, you will be missed).
The phrase the end of an era has ironically come up quite a few times in the past week, all said by different people, for different reasons. The end of something can usually be painful, while other times, it can signal happiness, even anticipation for what’s to come.
The end of something doesn’t mean something new isn’t going to begin. In fact, something new usually begins. The end of a day signals the start of a new one. The end of a book signals the start of a new one. At the end of a song, a new one begins.
I just finished one of the biggest phases of my life. While I’m going to miss being at school, there’s an entire world out there for me to explore. This world, with its gushing rivers, astounding views, and inspirational people, marks the beginning of an era that I will enter with an open mind.
The lessons I’ve learned from past travels have taught me that missing the end of something is a good thing. This feeling of nostalgia is not a stranger to me any longer. It has wrapped itself around my body and entrenched itself in my heart. It never leaves and only makes an appearance when a certain song, picture, phrase, or story comes up. It never comes uninvited, and is never a burden when it arrives.
This nostalgia has become one of my favorite feelings in the world, in line with a few others. It means that something in the past made a positive mark in my heart, and was strong enough to continuously make an appearance now and in years to come.
The Coming Months
These next few months are going to be packed. I’m going to be working, blogging, and exploring my hometown, NYC, and Upstate NY (and hopefully a few other nearby states!). I’ll be saving up too, because…
October marks the start of my first official solo backpacking trip to South East Asia. The one-way ticket is purchased!
I’ll be attending my first ever TBEX event in Bangkok, Thailand. Then, the rest of my time is up in the air.
My Mini Bucket List
To be honest, I’m not exactly sure what I want to see: how about, everything?! There are a few things I would love to accomplish while I’m there, though (maybe I’ll make a longer and more specific bucket list when it gets closer to my departure date!).
Explore Chiang Mai
Since I’m already starting in Thailand, I would love to head north to Chiang Mai. This beautiful city in Thailand is a combination of the Old City, religious centers, and ancient moats and temples. I know I will fall absolutely in love with this city in Thailand, solely because I love exploring old cities, traveling through archaic towns, and looking at crumbling walls with layers of dust sprinkled on top of them.
Attend a Full Moon Party (yes, super touristy, I know).
This event, which happens multiple times a year, draws between 5,000-30,000 people. The event takes place every full moon evening and until sunrise.
Teach English in Vietnam
I officially have my TEFL certification, which I completed with TEFL247. I hope to find a teaching job in either Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City. Teaching English has always been a strong desire of mine after being a teaching assistant in an ESL class at my University. I connected with my students on a different level, and hope to have a similar, if not better experience elsewhere, with my own students.
This is a beautiful country in South East Asia which I would absolutely love to visit. There’s so much rich history in the Buddhist monasteries and architecture, that when paired with rivers, mountains, and breathtaking hikes, puts the country at the top of my list.
Of course there’s Angkor Wat, but there’s also Phnom Penh, the capital, and the coastline. I don’t have any specific places in either Cambodia or Laos (I’m open to suggestions!) and plan on seeing where my adventures take me.
Visit the Philippines
Visiting the Philippines is a major destination on my to-do list. Not only is one of my favorite bloggers from there (Kach from Two Monkeys Travel), but it’s the pristine beaches and warm smiling faces that draw me towards this location. I’ve only heard incredible things about the Philippines, and would love to spend a long time there.
Thank you, readers, for being there. I hope you continue to follow my journey in the months to come!