And so it begins.
Trip Start Jun 10, 2009
41Trip End Sep 07, 2009
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Now, I've bought several things to go toward my trip (a backpack, hiking shoes, a trial pair of "travel boxers", and many other items), but nothing I have bought before now would hold me to taking the trip. I had no doubt in my mind that I would be traveling, but until now, everything I had bought I could have either returned or just used in my normal life. If, however, I don't board this flight, I'm out about $800.
When I decided to open my blog with this entry, I thought about saying something about how now after purchasing this ticket, it's all more real. Now, I KNOW I'm going, instead of just thinking about it. But that's not true at all. From the instant I decided I was going to go on this journey more than a year ago, I've know it would happen. The only difference now is that I know a few more details.
There are still a ton of things to do in the two months before I fly away (actually, less than two: I'll be in Chicago with my family for about a week before I leave): I need to get a visa for Thailand, I need more passport photos and photo copies of my important documents, I need vaccinations, I need to apply to the school at which I will be getting my TEFL certification. I still have to finish this semester at college and graduate. But all those things are just trivialities. They are not things I need to do before I begin a journey; I'm already on it. I've been on a journey for 22 years, and this will be just a change of scene as I continue my global sojourn.