Southeast Asia Travel Plans

Thursday, May 23, 2013

There are two types of people that go on trips... Tourists on vacation. Travelers on a journey.

In 10 days, we will be embarking on a new journey, Southeast Asia. We'll be exploring Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, India... and any other countries and regions that time allows us to travel. We have 3 months to see and do as much as possible.

This is the 3rd time I've taken off with only a backpack to a far away place I've never been before. It was a spontaneous decision but long awaited for the right moment. I do extensive research on a region before I travel but I don't do much pre-planning other than obtaining the proper visas and vaccinations. I enjoy "winging" it and letting the adventure unfold as I go. While traveling, "Be sharp but not rigid." That is my motto. You need to be on guard against dangers, scams, getting ripped off, illness, disease, etc... but maintain a flexible schedule and path.

YouTube While I'm Away

I've been asked if I will suspend video making on YouTube while I'm traveling... I wouldn't dream of it! This is an experience I want to share with my YouTube family. We'll be filming and vlogging everyday.

I've also been asked what I'll film and if I'll still do beauty videos. The answer is yes, there will be plenty of beauty videos. Thai women, Indian women... really almost anywhere you go in the world girls love beautifying themselves. It will be exciting to learn about and try their favorite products, beauty treatments and tips. Not only will I be making beauty videos in every country we visit but we'll be filming everyday, that means unlimited vlogs!

Our Plans

We leave here June 3rd, fly from Maui to Oahu, then to Tokyo and finally arriving in Bangkok 18 hours later. We'll explore as much of Thailand as possible before heading into Vietnam and Cambodia. Next we go to India, most of our traveling there will be in Rajasthan and neighboring regions. We return to Maui in September.

Our friend is going to pig-sit Mitzi (our guinea pig) I haven't mentioned anything about the Moose lately because sadly she passed away recently, she was elderly. She lived a good long life and was spoiled rotten everyday of it, but still losing a pet is always heartbreaking.

As for our belongings, I've downsized heavily and everything else is going into storage. Another friend is taking care of our Toyota truck while we're off island.

I'll keep you updated.


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  1. This is amazing! I have always wanted to go to Thailand so please update as you live this adventure! Stay safe! :) <3

  2. This is amazing! I have always wanted to go to Thailand so please update as you live this adventure! Stay safe! :) <3

  3. Sounds like an adventure! Enjoy and safe travels!

  4. Christine, I'm happy to have discovered you on youtube and happier that you also have a blog. You're so interesting, generous, and creative. Long after I got tired of a lot of these "beauty gurus", I've stayed watching and keeping up with blog because you have so much more to offer.

    I'm sad to hear about Moose. I've seen all your pig videos and even let my hubby watch one with me because it delighted me and made me laugh to see them take a bath. I hope Mitzi won't get lonely without Moose.

    Have a happy journey! I'm Asian, from the Philippines, and so I know that you'll enjoy Southeast Asia. But I wish for you a safe journey, too.

    I'm looking forward to you videos while you're there!


  5. It's awesome that you have a "job" that allows you to spend such a long time travelling.

    I'll be going on a one-month journey through Asia from July thru August, so we might meet ;) Originally, I had planned the whole trip around Myanmar, Laos and Cambodia, but it somehow turned out to become Japan, Taiwan, Philippines and Hong Kong. Even though it'd be best to go to Myanmar now than later (with tourism increasing), the flight times are unbearable. I would spend 5 days alone at each respective airport just to get to a country that's merely two hours away. And since Myanmar (for example) is only opening up its borders to foreigners, it's difficult to cross the country by train or bus. I've been to Thailand and Vietnam before and I think I said it on YouTube, but I'll say it again: You'll freaking love Thailand. Such a beautiful place, especially the tiny outlying islands (if you have time to go there). And Christine: ENJOY the food, stuff yourselves so much, you'll come home tired of Asian food, ha ha. Because craving it and not having access to it, is the worst.

  6. I am soooooooooooooooooooooooooo sorry about the Moose :(:(:( how horrible, but like you said she was spoiled(LOVED) and older's a lifecycle however still sad! Take Care y'all be SAFE and HAVE A GREAT TRIP....can't wait to see Thailand and India....Indian women have some of the BEST beauty secrets :) Peace&Love<3

  7. Wow, I am so excited for you guys and a tad jealous, LOL. Hope you have a safe trip and I look forward to watching your youtube videos while you're traveling.

  8. Sorry to hear about Moose. Losing pets is very hard their like your kids.

    Your trip sounds exciting and I sure look forward to seeing your blogs.

    Have a great trip

  9. This trip sounds so exciting!! I am so happy to hear you will be vlogging and still uploading!! I hope you guys have a fun, safe and amazing trip:) Looking forward to following you around and hearing and seeing all you will get to experience ♥

    My condolences in regards to Moose...

  10. I am really looking forward to your upcoming Vlogs from Asia!

    So sorry to hear of Moose's passing. Pets truly are members of the family and I'm sure that was such a difficult time for you and Michael.


  11. I can't wait to see your vlogs. I know you will have an amazing time. Wishing you and Michael safe and exciting travels!!!

  12. Safe travels Christine! Cant wait to see your vlogs of it!
    xo Micheel

  13. This is amazing Christine and sounds so fun, definitely once in a life time opportunity!! I have always wanted to go to Thailand so I'm jealous lol.. Sorry to hear about Moose :(

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  14. So happy for you guys, enjoy every moment of you trip to a wonderful Asia and have a Safe and Great trip.
    As for Moose, so sorry to hear she passed away...
    I am going soon to Southern Asia (Singapore, Malaysia) aswell, my biggest dream would come true if I would have a chance to meet both of you and Michael while you on your trip.
    Once again have a Wonderful and Safe trip guys, would be waiting for your new videos from your vacation.
    xo Angela

  15. I'm sorry to hear about Moose. :( Your trip sounds like it will be amazing. I look forward to seeing the videos.

  16. I'm so excited for you and micheal what a great adventure! I think we all need to take off sometimes see something new and replenish our souls! I can't wait to see all your travels, the scenery, the food, the people and your amazing finds! Have a safe and wonderful trip

  17. Hi Christine,im so happy that your still going to be sweet enough to vlog for us, we are like a massive extended family and without wanting to sound weird, we do love you and Michael..
    You and your vids and day in the life vlogs have helped me so much recently through some awful dark days.
    I wish you and M every happiness and hope you both have a wonderful time and happy adventures.
    Im so terribly sorry about the Moose, but that was one of the happiest, spoilt, much adored pigs in the world.
    Peace and love to you and God bless you on your travels, see you in Sept in the new house, big hugs Sandie xxxxxxand

  18. Wow, what a great trip. We travel a lot also and I need help on packing...what face and body products do you pack for long trips? I tend to pack way too much! I am limited to one suitcase and a small backpack. Perhaps this would make a great You Tube tutorial.....thanks, Christine! I enjoy your channel!

  19. I,m so sorry to read about Moose. After watching your video's , it's easy to see she had the best life possible.
    Looking forward to following you and Michael on your travels. Stay safe and take care of each other. xoxo

  20. Christine, I'm so glad to have found you on youtube. Sorry to hear about Moose :(

    I am from India so i know you will enjoy there. If time permits do visit Mount Abu, its a very popular hill station in Rajasthan. Having seen all of your videos i know both Michael and you will love the place. I am sure you will love the food there. And they have amazing jewellery. Do check it out.

    Have a great trip! :) <3<3
    Stay Safe!

  21. Christine,
    Looking forward to all your travel videos and beauty secrets from Asia! I also am so happy to have found you on YouTube and really enjoy all you share! You have inspired me look into more natural products and essential oils for my Skincare! I've been an esthetician for 14 years and learn a lot from you! Thank you for all the time you take to share all your great information! You and Michael are an adorable couple and know you will have an amazing time on your Journey through Asia! Sorry to hear about your baby pig mooses' passing!
    Happy and safe travels to you both!


  22. Words can't express how proud I am of you for doing something so incredibly in your lifetime. Have a blast and we are exctied to come along! I'm very sorry to hear of pig's passing; I have also lost a guinea pig and it is incredibly difficult. Take care and here's to a summer full of smiles and adventure. xo -Pam

  23. So sorry about Moose. ~~ What a fun adventure for you both. Life is about making memories. You will never forget this amazing trip. Have fun and be safe!

  24. Have an amazing journey Christine!! There's nothing more sublime to the soul than be able to travel and experience the the world. I will be living my life's dream (travel the world/backpack)through you guys!!

    Thank you for sharing this with us!!

    I can't wait for the vlogs...

  25. Have a nice trip Christine and stay safe, can't wait to see your first vlogs.

    Love all your videos, love how you are very down the earth and your positive attitude



  26. Wow, awesome blog! Happy travels!


  27. I am also a frequent traveler to Asia that I already acquired a nomad travel insurance that can support my lifestyle. :)

  28. Wow, it's been one of my dreams to travel in Southeast Asia. The travel spots and cultures in Asia are really interesting, and I want to experience to go out there with my family. As of the moment, I'm just gathering some travel safety tips, as part of my travel preparations.

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