I’m currently in Bangkok and I’ll be heading to Chiang Mai in a few days. I’m on my eighth month of backpacking in Asia. So far, I’ve travelled to a number of countries without having a definite duration on how many days I'd stay in one place. Even if at times I’m spending more because I haven’t carefully planned what I’m going to do, I’m just glad that the freedom of decision-making is within my grasp most of the time.
One day I’m in Cambodia, the next day I’d travel to Thailand. I’d drop by a few days in Singapore, and then take a bus to Malaysia. The spontaneity of it all and how easy it is to go from country to country drives me high.
Singapore airport sky train
Of course, money plays a big role because transportation plays a big chunk in this scene. But somehow, it’s not as expensive compared to flying out from my country.
Back in the Philippines, I had a challenge getting out of the country at the immigration counter. It’s something a lot of Filipinos are worried about because immigration officers have to make sure that those who are leaving the country for the holidays have plans of returning to their home country.
Taj Mahal, Agra, India
photo source: christianhaugen
Anyway, because of the frequent and spontaneous decisions of flying, I thought about buying an airline ticket to India. I wonder how crazy it would be to purchase a flight and book one of Cosmos' unique Goa holidays. Actually, it doesn’t matter whether I’ll be in Goa or Agra or whichever part of India so long as I’d step foot on this visa-required country.
You see, the reason I’ve been travelling in Southeast Asia is because I don’t have to apply for a visa. My country is part of the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) and we are allowed to visit other associate countries without all the hassle. I know it’s going to be a matter of time before I’ll overcome this and become more open-minded to seeing other places that require visas. For now, I’m just enjoying the backpacking adventure.
sights in India
photo source: learnscope
Although I haven’t fully explored other locations in this side of Asia, I just feel like conquering new places and setting new goals; India is somewhat next on the list. That is, once I find better deals online; and after I've visited the Middle East. I’m glad the world is big no matter how small it is. There’s so much more to explore and so many things to see.
Before I do too much daydreaming about India or any other country in my room, I better start working on my online tasks. I’m still in Bangkok and I’m trying to triple my efforts of writing more stories and do other freelance assignments. Good luck to me. At least I found a cheap hostel that serves fast Wi-Fi access inside the room. It’s not the best, but it’s good enough.
single room in Bangkok, near Khao San Road
180 Baht per night with fast WiFi – what this digital nomad needs
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soloflightEd.com is a travel blog by Edcel Suyo. He enjoys performing headstands and crazy stunts during his trips in the Philippines and the rest of Asia. He just started his backpacking trip across Southeast Asia in order to live as a digital nomad. Read more about the beginning of his delusions of grandeur here.
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