I’m staring at the calendar. I have three and a half weeks of vacation time coming up at Christmas. What to do?
I am facing three options:
- Indonesia – most likely Bali (again) and possibly Lombok or other islands.
- Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand.
- Jakarta – absolutely not.
The first and last option are much more expensive propositions, but have serious advantages.
America - I haven’t been back to the States in a year and a half and am feeling like a car needing an oil change. I’d love to see my family again, but they’re totally understanding, so I may push this option back until summer. I’m also undecided whether this will be my last year in Indonesia or not – which would mean I should prioritize traveling in Asia – NOW.
Indonesia - well I’ve been to Bali half a dozen times and love it every time. My three weeks there in July were wonderful (except for my head on collision while on a motorcycle – ouch.). My only regret was that for some odd reason I wasn’t taking nearly as many photos as I should have. Looking back, I’m kicking myself for giving up that immense opportunity by not taking full advantage of being there. So going back could have its perks. Plus it’s much cheaper than leaving the country. I’d love to hike some of the volcanoes this time.
Cambodia - A group of my collegues spent last week touring around the land. A first hand account with some great photos can be viewed on my friend, Ian’s, blog. Hearing about their experiences has made me even more eager to see places like Angkor Wat. I know that I’d be absolutely taken with the place.
Thailand - I have yet to visit, despite being relatively close here in Indonesia. It has always fascinated me in more ways than I can explain. Still can’t believe I haven’t been.
Vietnam – I’m not a war buff at all, but many of my friends have visited and loved their time in Vietnam. I think I’ll have to do a bit more ‘research’ into this one, but have heard only good things.
If anyone has any experience traveling or living in any of these places (except America), I’d really appreciate hearing of your experiences, opinions, and/or links to any sites or photos of anything relevant.
Why the sudden urges? Check out my friend’s images below and you’ll see why: