Right now I’m 32,000 feet above Russia cruising at 554 miles per hour, about 7 hours away from Hong Kong where I’ll connect on the final flight to Bangkok. I just finished watching The Martian, and am wildly upset that Donald Glover doesn’t end up the hero of the story. He quite literally saves Matt Damon’s life, NASA’s legitimacy and unites China and the US over a daring rescue mission. What does he get? A back row seat at the celebration party he wasn’t invited to.
Aside from anger at the injustice served to the Childish Gambino, I’m feeling a whole range of emotions on this travel day. Most pressing, I’m ready to be there. Ready to quit thinking about minor details and start exploring.
I’ve talked to a bunch of you about this trip the past few weeks, fielding dozens of questions. Some I had answers to, others not so much. Now that I have some time to pause I figured I’d share some more details you may (or may not) be interested in.
Where are you going?
I’m flying into Thailand, but plan on at least making into Cambodia as well. Laos and Vietnam are also options, I don’t have much of a solid plan.
See this post for the full run-down. In short, to explore.
Are you going to blog while you’re there?
Honestly, I have no idea. I love this project and appreciate those of you who read and interact with the stories here, but it’s hard to explore the world facing a screen. Also, last minute I decided not to bring my computer and instead steal my Dad’s iPad. Not ideal for writing, but made way more sense to pack. Who knows, maybe I’ll be able to write about my experience in transit, but the best way to follow along will be social media.
I do have a notebook I’m writing in, so stories from this trip will definitely become blog posts before long.
How are you paying for this?
Traveling is expensive, but there are ways to make it work. I graduated without student debt a semester early, so I’m saving some money on school expenses. I’ve worked up a small savings that I’ve tapped after 3 summers working camp. And more recently I started driving for Uber, which almost completely paid for my flight.
What are you doing afterwards?
This summer I’ll be returning to WinShape Camps for my fourth summer, leading a team of college students around the country for 10 weeks to help churches connect to families in their local communities. After that ends, your guess is as good as mine.
Do you know the language?
Wait, don’t you hate spicy food? Isn’t all food in Thailand spicy?
Pray for me.
Have any more questions/comments? Feel free to comment below, on social media, or shoot me an email at Jordan@Jordannations.com.