Phase 1: Planning
12.19.11 - 12.30.11
I am living and working in Japan. Never in my wildest dreams would I have expected it, but here I am! It’s my first time in Asia and as a school teacher I have the wonderful good fortune of numerous school breaks and a long summer.
I decided to try and go somewhere significant every time I have a break and so far, it has worked very well. My first year in Japan I traveled to Beijing at Thanksgiving, The Phillipines at Christmas, Okinawa in May and even managed a short evacuation trip to the states, GA, as a result of the March 11 earthquake!
During the summer I traveled with my daughter Nayrobi to see a bit of Japan. We visited Hiroshima, Miajima, Osaca, Kyoto and Nagoya. After that we went to India and traveled the Golden Triangle route.
Well, my second school year has begun . Thanksgiving I stayed put because a friend who transferred to Okinawa came back for a very fun visit. Now Christmas break is coming, so I took out my list of places to see. Right on the top is Thailand. I started planning a preparing to go. Then flooding came and I decided to postpone that visit.
Next I was looking for an alternative destination and Vietnam was mentioned by a colleague so I started to do some research. Not very enthusiastically at first, but it only took a visit to the Fodor’s site to be transported by the wonderful trip reports posted. This will be my first solo trip in a long time, so I have been nervous and afraid. However I decided I was more afraid of giving in to this fear and not going because I may never again get up the nerve to do it. So I went and purchased my plane tickets departing on December 20th and returning on the 30th. Just in time for New Years and to get a little rest before returning to work on Jan, 3rd.
Thanks go out to all blog posters for all the encouragement you gave me to take this trip!
Itinerary planning is quite difficult when you have limited time and no idea of where to go.
Fodorites also had a cure for that! I saw how generously they answered questions and helped steer people away from possible pitfalls so I decided to ask for help. I posted a really long list of questions. After submitting it I felt no one would take the time to read such a long post and I would not get any answers. I was wrong! Many answers came and my itinerary starting taking shape. I read a whole lot and in doing so I felt transported to some of the magical places that awaited me. I am fully convinced that taking this trip will be the start of something good for me: Confident solo traveling.