The Time Has Come… (Trip Updates)
I realized that I haven’t posted much over the last few weeks and I thought I would update y’all on what has been going on. One week ago today, I said my final goodbye to Amazon. I have been with the company for the past 3 years, and even though I was ready for a change, the finality of leaving was hard and tears were shed. I celebrated my upcoming travel plans with my coworkers and toasted to the future and whatever it may bring. After I deleted my work email off my phone, I was free and the mountains of anxiety and stress I had built up in my time there were lifted from my shoulders.
To be honest, the trip didn’t feel real until I quit my job. I have been planning this for almost a full year. At some point, it stopped feeling like something I was actually going to do, and it just felt like something I was imagining. Sure, I had a ticket booked and I had mapped out an itinerary, but turning in my badge and saying hello to FunEmployment made me realize that my dream was about to become a reality. I was going to spend 4 months traveling the world, and experiencing more of life than I had in the past three years.
In an unexpected turn of events, I found out last week that I have been chosen for a Jewish Birthright trip to Israel, as well. Guys, I lost my shit when I got that email! This year was my second time applying for this free trip to the homeland and I was certain I was going to get denied again (you can only apply until you turn 26 so this was my LAST chance). I didn’t even mention that I had applied because I knew it was a long shot that I would be selected. When I found out that I had been chosen, I screamed at the top of my lungs, jumped around my office and made sure EVERYONE knew I was finally going to Israel.
So what did this unexpected trip do to my plans to travel Asia, you may be wondering? Well, it did throw a bit of a wrench into things, but I am definitely not complaining. Instead of staying in Asia until the beginning of August, I am now only going to be in Asia until the 5th of July. At that point, I will be boarding a flight back to the US to spend some time in New York City (another city I have never been to!) and then boarding my flight to Israel on the 10th of July. The trip lasts 10 days, but I am pushing back my flight home and I am going to try to visit Petra in Jordan and take some time to visit Greece, because…c’mon… Who doesn’t want to spend their summer in Santorini, basking in the Mediterranean sun?
Even though these last few days before I take off are going to be very hectic, and I feel like I am being pulled in a million directions, I know that by Tuesday, everything I have had to do to get to this point will be worth it. In a little over 60 hours, Chris and I will be boarding our flight to Thailand and after WAY too many hours on a plane, we will be ready for some sun, sand, and drinks in our hands.
The blog is going to take an interesting turn from here on out, so be prepared for a bumpy ride. I will be updating regularly, but the posts may be a little less crafted and a lot more interesting. I will be publishing videos on the blog weekly that will update you on where I am and what I am doing (Where Are You Wednesday’s has a nice ring to it). These are mostly to make sure my mom and dad know that I am indeed, still alive and kickin’, but they will give you a glimpse into the life I am living as well. You can also follow me on Instagram and Snapchat (@bgoldman10) as I will be updating those even more regularly.
If anyone is going to be in Chiang Mai for Songkran, let me know! We are staying at Brick House Hostel and would love to meet up with anyone and everyone while we are there. First round’s on me!