Flights Booked!

This trip is becoming more and more real. In 6 and a half weeks I leave for Burma and I’m both terrified and excited in equal measure. I booked the first three flights this week: Birmingham (UK) > Yangon (Burma), Yangon > Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur > Osaka, and after that, whatever happens happens. I’ve also booked the first two nights in Yangon, and once I arrive I’ll need to figure out how to get around and where to stay for the next 25 days in Burma before moving onto Malaysia and beyond.

That’s all very simple for a seasoned traveller; someone used to turning up places, rolling with the punches, going with the flow. But for me, well, it’s alien to me. I can’t imagine anything scarier than being in a foreign land with no idea where to go or how to get around. That’s why I’m doing this trip – I need to face all of my fears. I used to avoid scary and uncomfortable things but then I realised it was getting me nowhere so vowed to tackle them head on for the rest of my life.

I haven’t decided how long I’ll be away for – I’m telling people it’s a year, but I could hate it and come home, or I could love it and carry on.

In the meantime I’m still at work. I’ve left 18 days between finishing work and flying out, which I now realise is stupid and nowhere near enough. I’ve been having anxiety dreams for months and I suspect they may continue for the entire rest of the year, and I’m trying to block out all the bad stories I hear and remind myself that people love reporting the horrors more than the joys.

By throwing myself in at the deep end with Burma I hope it will help the rest of the journey seem smoother, and by facing all my fears this year I hope it will help the rest of my life seem simpler.


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4 thoughts on “Flights Booked!

  1. I’m excited for you! Try not to focus on what can go wrong, worrying about what hasn’t happened yet will only keep you from seeing the wonder and beauty of the places you’ll go and the people you’ll meet. Google Translate is a great tool and many banks and large hotels and have at least one employee who speaks English – if all else fails I carry a tiny notebook for doodling what my need is – surprising how well that works. Bon Voyage and I am looking forward to your tales from the road.

  2. Thanks Maria! I think I was in a mild panic last week but have since calmed down and started to get really excited now. Hope you enjoy the blog and thanks for being the first commenter!

  3. Hi Lauren,
    I really love your blog!
    I am also in the middle of planning a RTW trip, although I won’t be leaving until October. But I really understand how you feel, the anxiety, not being able to sleep properly all mixed in with the excitement can get a bit much sometimes.
    A few years ago I went to Johannesburg for 3 months for work and EVERYBODY I know told me some terrible stories about all the horrible things that will happen to me. After months of this I decided to ignore them and it turned out to be a great experience! It seems like you are so well prepared I am sure you will have the best time. Don’t let other people get you down, they’re probably just jealous 😉
    Have a wonderful time!

  4. Thanks for the words of encouragement Jenny! I look forward to following your journey later in the year 🙂

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