All About Trey

Life, Travel, Adventure

There And Back Again

For those Tolkien fans, you know that's the subtitle to The Hobbit.  I've always loved that book, and that title.  It implies a great journey and a safe return.  And that's what I'm about to embark upon, a great journey.

On Friday I leave for a two month sabbatical.  Technically it's an "extended leave of absence" which means it's unpaid and I have to pay for my benefits while I'm gone, but I like the word sabbatical better.  And what am I doing on this sabbatical, what quest?  Well, mainly travel.  I'm going to Thailand, Cambodia, Myanmar, Australia, New Zealand, and Fiji.

So the question I always get is, why those place, why now, etc.  Well when I left the Navy, I spent a month in New Zealand and a month in Australia.  BEST TIME EVER.  And I've been with my company for over 15 years now, and I just had a certain milestone birthday, so I'm like why not?  I mean, this whole trip will probably be less than a new sports car.  So just chalk it up to part of my continuing mid-life crisis.  I'm going to Australia and New Zealand to hopefully recapture/relive some of the wonderful experiences I had the first time I was there.  And then (with exception of a short port visit to Pattaya Beach when I was in the Navy), I've never been to Thailand, Cambodia,  Myanmar, and Fiji.  I've always been fascinated with Angkor Wat so I wanted to do that and I've recently discovered Bagan so I'm making a quick trip there when I'm in Myanmar.  And Fiji?  Well a little beach time in a hut on a sparkling blue lagoon sound just about perfect, right?

When I did this last time, I was young and fairly carefree.  I'm a little bit more anxious about this trip.  It's a little bit out side of my comfort zone.  Plus going to Asia means shots!  I've had two Hep A/Hep B shots, two Japanese Encephalitis shorts, a polio booster, a series of typhoid pills, and I'll start my malaria pills when I get on the plane.  So good times.  But I'm sure it will be all worth it.  

Anyways, please follow along on my travels!