Welp, here we go. I'm currently sitting in San Francisco International Airport waiting to board the red-eye flight to Bangkok, armed with only a backpack full of clothes, a pocket of cash, a laptop, and a camera. My return flight is in about three months. I have no itinerary, no traveling companions, no knowledge of the culture or language, and only enough money to scrape by in the dingiest guesthouses and hostels. But wait, let me back up.
About a month and a half ago I was laid-off from my job. The moody, dysfunctional production studio I was working for decided to lay off the entire creative team - you know, the one that wrote, produced, and animated award-winning short films on a tiny budget. It was really only a matter of time before I quit on my own volition; at least they did me a favor by cutting a nice severance check before kicking me to the curb.
Within 24 hours of being escorted from my dark cubicle, I'd submitted my one month notice to move out of my apartment and concocted some strange scheme to vagabond around the globe. It's something I've always wanted to do, but I've always been swept up by the proverbial 'next step' in my life: graduating high school, going to college, paying off my student loans, searching for work, trying to keep the aforementioned job...
Fast forward through a month of researching destinations, cameras, and plane tickets. Move right past the desperate clamor to sell or give away all my furniture, dead weight, and other junk. Blast right by the culling of my belongings down to only the precious cargo that would fit in the back of my Honda Civic hatchback. Try to look beyond the sometimes-awkward temporary reconnections with friends and family. Skip over the last minute wild goose chase of putting together the backpack-turned-survival-kit I'll be using for the next three months. And here I am, ready to start this thing.
Later on today I'll cross the international date line, stop over for a two-hour layover in Taipei, then drop into Bangkok amidst the worst flooding Thailand has seen since 1999. I wanted an adventure, and I think I might have found it.