I am writing to address my recent period of inactivity.
Over the summer of 2017, I embarked on my greatest adventure to date. For thirty wonderful days, I backpacked my way across South East Asia. Visiting Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos (best friend in tow), it was a month of exploration, discovery and more than one disaster.
I am of course aware that this particular excursion isn’t all that revolutionary. For decades these exotic localities have welcomed bedraggled backpackers from all corners of the globe, gifting friendships, unrivalled exploits and their fair share of challenges. That being said, whilst I can entirely appreciate the stereotypical nature of my adventure, the cliché does little to distract from the remarkable essentiality of my experiences.
With this in mind, I have decided to write a book. I had, of course, intended to document my travels in the form of blog posts. With this medium existing as a uniquely familiar means with which to share my explorations, it seemed only fitting that my most significant exploration yet be commemorated in this manner. Fast forward through one very worse-for-wear journal, twenty-thousand words worth of hastily typed notes on my mobile phone and three very long months, and I’ve realised my mistake. I struggle to condense trips lasting only a few days into digestible posts, why I had thought it possible to achieve a similar result with this expedition remains something of a mystery.
As such, I have instead begun work on an extended travel journal. With most of a pre-university gap year still ahead of me and more than my fair share of stories to tell, this project has become my primary focus. Whilst I hope to still update this blog on a fairly regular basis, I am eager to complete a first draft before I embark on my future travels next May.
So please bear with me and keep your eyes open for tales of mistakes, fruit shakes and a beer or two in ‘30 Day Cliché’ coming soon!