If I could take a three month break from my life and do anything in the world, what would I do? Easy. Travel. As of right now, I feel like I’m one giant travel adventure, being an expat in Japan. I’m always doing and learning new things. I’m always faced with cultural differences as well as similarities. It’s amazing. I love it and I can’t get enough of it. However, I’m sure there will be a point when this life will become comfortable. This place will become a place I call home and my wanderlust will be on overdrive. I will feel the need to escape.
The first places I would visit are right outside my city. There are so many places in my prefecture and in Japan that I want to visit and I somehow need to find the time (and money) to go and experience all those places. Not only did I come here to gain experience teaching, I also came here to tour this country. Japan is a BEAUTIFUL country and I’ve only scratched the surface visiting places here. My goal one day is to visit every prefecture in this country. There are forty-seven of them and I’ve been to about five.
If I had to take a break from this life, I would also like to branch out to other countries. Lately, I’ve been thinking about life after teaching English, even though it just started. I feel that it is good to keep your mind and options open to other opportunities that come up. An idea that came up was to take time off to travel; to escape the eight hours a day working life and go see the world. I really loved the idea of taking two to three months and renting an apartment in another city. I would be able to live like a local, while visiting different sites and cities. It would be such a hard decision to choose where I would want to stay though. The ideal situation would be to take a year off, live for three months at a time in a few different cities, while doing weekly travels in between.
At the moment, my top travel destinations are Thailand and Vietnam. Since I’m living in Asia, these countries are the closest to me and after taking classes on Southeast Asia in college, it heightened my interest in visiting those countries.
Just posting these pictures are making me excited about traveling. I hope that this will happen within a few years of being here, because that would be so fun. I really can’t wait to explore and see what’s out there in the world.
What are some of your top travel destinations?