I left Toronto at the end January of 2013. For a few years leading up to my departure, I’ve felt an increasing sense of restlessness. My boyfriend, Dmitri, and I have been discussing the idea of travelling ever since we met. But at the beginning of 2013 when we both found ourselves without jobs and completely disenchanted with Toronto, we were ready for a drastic change.
We wanted our trip to last as long as possible, as far as our savings would take us. Asia, being the cheapest option available to us, was our best bet. On our itinerary we included China, Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines. And if by some miracle we still would have money remaining, we planned to venture into India and the Middle East.
A lot of people talk about travelling the world, but only some do. Travelling the world in actuality takes conviction, however misled. In the beginning of 2013, we decided that it was now or never. If we don’t go now, we would never have the opportunity again – we thought. And with that conviction, we began selling our furniture and donating our clothes.
At the end of January, having reduced what I own to a backpack and few odd things to be left with Dmitri’s parents’, I was ready.