I spent the past week laying in bed with the flu. So I'm not sure how much of my wanderlust relates to seven days of doing absolutely nothing, as opposed to a sheer desire to get outta town. Nevertheless, I'm feeling antsy and I neeeeed to travel again asap! Yoga Teacher Training is half-way over and as I can see the end in sight, it's time for me to make plans for what I should do NEXT.
The problem I'm running into is that I don't know where I should go. I've narrowed it down to.... ASIA, which is kinda huge. At first I was thinking India, but to be honest, I'm a bit scared to go there on my own. In an effort to dissuade me from traveling to India, everyone and their mother has told me horror stories about that country, and well... it worked. Even as a self-proclaimed solo traveler, India is the only place in the WORLD that I'm afraid to travel to on my own. I'm debating whether I should just suck it up and go, or wait till I either a) feel braver, or b) have a traveling companion.
The second place I was thinking of going to is Bali. However, Bali seems kind of small and I wonder how long I could stay there before getting bored. After all, I'm planning to purchase a one-way ticket so I won't feel limited as to when I should come home. Perhaps I should save Bali for when I have a limited amount of time for vacation.
The third option is southeast Asia. I'm talking Thailand/Cambodia/Laos/Vietnam. There are enough countries over there that I could entertain myself for quite awhile (I'm thinking I'll be gone mid July- mid December). I haven't fully researched these countries, but I've definitely photo-stalked my Facebook friends who have visited these countries and their pictures are amazing! My goal is to reach "enlightenment" or rather to find myself, and I have to question whether I need to be doing yoga in an Ashram in India or will meditating in a Buddhist temple in Thailand do the trick?
The fourth option is South America. I know, I know, I just got back from South America in August... but I LOVED it there! I can't wait to go back. My heart's desire is to start in the tippity tip on Argentina, work my way north, and travel all the way up through Central America and back to California. This includes stopping in Brazil for Carnaval! However, logistically speaking, it would be silly of me to head to Argentina when it's winter there (I can't stand being cold), so it makes more sense to wait until January.
Wow, typing this through really helped! I know what I'm going to do now: head to Southeast Asia this summer, go home for Christmas, and if I still have energy... trek it to South America! And I'm going to spend my entire life savings doing it.... but maybe, just maybe, I can make some dollars teaching yoga along the way! :)