Why I Travel Even Though I’m Terrified

Why I travel even though I’m terrified…Do you travel even though you are terrified? Don't let #fear stand in your way! #explore

 

I’m one of those people that always has a plan. I don’t mean for dinner or for life, but a disaster plan. Every single time I’m in a crowd, which is every time I leave the house, I wonder what I’ll do if shit pops off. I grew up with 9/11. The idea that people are so zealously against everything I love scares me to death. It has immobilized me at times. I told my love I was going to pass on a job in Spain because I was scared of terrorism. And he said “that’s exactly what they want.” And that is exactly what they want, to induce terror. To prevent the spread of ideas and advancements in society. 

Last week, when I was leaving Bangkok, two cars slammed on the breaks on the interstate in front of us. It was the Queens birthday, a perfect time for a political statement. I immediately went into survival mode, looking where we could jump down safely, which place looked semi-safe for us to hide. As I’m about to tell my friend to fucking run and not wait for me (she’s much much faster of a runner), the cabbie notices it was just a flat tire. I told my friend my worries and she was legitimately concerned that I thought like that. That my first thought is something bad might happen. I was trying to explain that it’s not that I was thinking of an issue, I was thinking of a solution. She didn’t understand.
Last night, when we arrived back in Bangkok, a bomb went off killing 15+ people. Allegedly, this was aimed at tourists. Now, my friend is worried about our flight, and if we should fly, etc etc etc. “That’s exactly what they want” Because of the terrorist attack, I have to be the one to calm her down. Don’t think of this issue, think of the solution. Be aware of everything, speak up if something doesn’t feel right. The only person responsible for your safety is you.
I’m still traveling. I will always travel. Too many people fought for liberties we think are rights. In my heart, I owe it to the veterans in my family, in other countries, to the victims of terrorism. Because of them, we are able to see and explore and make the work a smaller and less scary place. So I travel even though I’m terrified because I don’t want terrorism to win.

Ill admit it, I am scared when I travel. Terrified, honestly. But I feel something bigger when I travel. Read why one girl refuses to give up traveling for terror || a tipsy gypsy life #travel #bangkok

* I’m aware that one mans terrorist is another mans freedom fighter. That is not the topic of this post. If you’d like to discuss the ideas behind that statement please feel free to contact me! I love an interesting conversation 🙂

First time in Thailand? Don’t make these rookie mistakes

First time in Thailand? Don’t be like me Avoid these rookie mistakes in Bangkok and beyond to ensure a majestic trip. 
I’ll admit it. I’m a Thailand rookie. I booked my trip 3 weeks before I made my first trip and did minimal research, just like I did on my Europe trips. 

Silly, silly girl.

Rookie Mistake # 1

Imagine this. Arriving at your Bangkok airport earlier than usual, about 1.5 hours before the flight, patting yourself on the back. You leisurely stroll into the airport and check the screens… Alas, your flight time isn’t up… Strange… You look around, realize this wasn’t the airport you flew into. In fact, you have no idea where the feck you are. Except that it’s the WRoNG FECKING AIRPORT !

Rookie Mistake # 2

So you sprint outside with bags and dismay in your face. A cabbie grabs you, gets you in the car, and then while driving says he will charge you 1700 baht- over 3 times the amount it took to get there. Your friend starts pleading for the meter, you start screaming to be let out of the cab. Your friend finally calms you down because of your first rookie mistake, you are in no position to bargain. He is the first person you don’t tip in Asia. 


Rookie Mistake #3 

You finally get to Chaing Mai, one of the most beautiful places you’ve ever seen. You’re comfortable, because you’re staying at -The Royal House Chaing Mai (lovely place- post coming soon!) and already have an overnight train booked. You and your friend are ecstatic about your first overnight train together, with AC and some wine… But then, the day before you leave, you get “the email”. In this email, you find out you are being bumped from a train to a friggin overnight bus. They swear up and down its very nice, has wifi, clean bathrooms, and you even get food! Lies from the tablecloth, my friends, lies from the muffuggin tablecloth. It was definitely an experience, but not one I’d recommend.

So in a nutshell



1) There are 3 airports in Bangkok. Remember which one is yours.
2) Always always ask the price before getting in a cab. We were properly screwed on this one, as most of Bangkok is metered. But in the rest of the world, I always ask 😤
3) DO NOT BOOK A TRAIN THROUGH 12GO! We had a reservation number and everything and they still bumped us. Bullshit in the purest of forms.
Overall, Thailand is super easy to navigate and 99.9% of people are genuine. Don’t let my mistakes deter you from visiting, learn from them loves! 

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A Day in Bangkok

One day in Bangkok.
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I’m not going to lie, I knew nothing (appropriate) about Bangkok. The whole SEA trip was extremely last minute. My best friend said meet me in Asia and I said alright. I had dreamt about Bali and Phucket. But Bangkok? A complete stop-over city, but so worth it!

First thing you should know about Bangkok is that it is extremely warm and humid. Much more like a sauna than the depths of hell, however, I highly suggest buying clothes upon arrival. The locals know how to stay cool without being half-naked AND clothes are very, very affordable. Like $2 USD for a pair of badass multi-colored pants affordable.

After getting stocked up and cooled down, we hit the streets to take in the city life. Bangkok actually quite is beautiful and a little more green and peaceful than I expected. Not only does a river cut through the city, but little canals wind away from the main river and allow for little pockets of trees and grass.

Being Florida girls (and fools), we didn’t have sunscreen. It’s bright out there people, and though you can’t see it in our pictures, sun damage did occur. Please remember to lather up.

 

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MOST importantly, we got amazing Thai food. I know what you’re thinking, “Pad thai is the shit and that’s all I’d eat if I was there.” But hear me out on this spicy dish from heaven… I had to squeak “QWAY TEE-OW”, one too many times, hoping they would understand what I was saying because I never saw it written down. But I did look up the name for you- it’s called kuai tiao ruea. I confess, I am a soup FIEND. A pho ho. I lit-er-ally can’t get enough pho back in New Orleans, but this is something else. Thin, soft noodles, salty warm broth, and an ungodly amount of meats and green onions at all hours of the day. As per all Thai food, SO affordable. The most expensive one I got (also the best) was still only about 3 USD (100 baht) and the average price is 1-2 USD (30-50 baht). I have to mention, kuai tiao is very far from vegetarian friendly. Traditionally, a bit of pigs/cows blood is added for extra flavor.

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Second best part, fresh fruit all day all day (Kanye West). Mango, papaya, pineapple, you name it. I went for the luscious dragon-fruit of course… Or so I thought. Turns out this is called pitaya. You learn something new every day 😉

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After all that eating, I FINALLY found a way to satisfy my appetite… For those who don’t know, I’m a shameless bookworm. I would have devoured that whole fridge, except for the fact that I don’t speak Thai. My Americanisms hurt sometimes… Since we are talking about books though, I finally got to finish one of my new favorite books- “Love in the Time of Cholera.”

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Does it look like we just shopped and ate all day? Guilty as charged. I mean, we did try to go into the Palace but it was a complete clusterfeck. Don’t forget to wear modest clothing (cover legs and shoulders) if you plan on visiting. It was also the Queen’s birthday, so that might’ve added to the excitement of trying to visit. As I’ve mentioned, FOMO doesn’t exist for me, so we continued to dine and observe.

 

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For the evening, we went down the famous Khao San Road. It’s basically a street lined with bars and massage parlors. Expect bone-shaking loud music and extra large brews. It does seem to cater to the young, rowdy backpacking crowd, but don’t let that stop you if that aint ya scene. You can find some of the best street pad thai on Khao San Road and they have stands with extremely cute clothes. I got a forever 21 quality romper for about $4 USD.

 

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Overall, my little glimpse into Bangkok was heavenly, but I would definitely recommend spending more than 24 hours there.