Today is the day.  A new beginning. The real deal.  I'm headed to southeast Asia on a one-way ticket.  

My plan is to visit Hong Kong, Thailand, Myanmar, and Cambodia.  But that's it.  That's where the plan stops.  I don't know what I'm going to see, where I'm going to stay, what I'm going to do, how I will get around, where I will go after that, or when exactly I will return to the United States.

Of course, I have a few general objectives.  I want to volunteer.  I want to sail.  I want to use local transportation to get from point A to B.  I want to take a path less traveled, and stay away from heavy tourist areas.  I want to work on my photography skills.  I want to improve this site.

I will continue to search www.helpx.net and www.findacrew.net to identify opportunities for volunteering or sailing.  I also plan to loiter around marinas or beach areas in search of skippers needing crew or boats needing maintenance.

I have two small backpacks.  One with clothes (about 5 outfits, a waterproof layer, and sleep sack), and one with electronics (computer, DSLR, GoPro, external hard drive, and a backup iPhone).  Whatever I've forgotten, I will buy on the road.  Whatever I have that I don't need, I will give away.

As I mentioned in my last post, Chile was familiar territory and a huge success as a trial run.  Now, even though I have been to parts of Asia before, I really feel like I am venturing into the unknown... 

Anything could happen.  I could do anything.  And that's an amazing feeling.

Traveling as light as possible for a trip of unknown length... 

Traveling as light as possible for a trip of unknown length... 

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