Stressed out in Bangkok

Greetings friends,

My visa expires soon, that is causing me stress. Not stress in a holy sh!t my wife is having an affair with the lawn maintenance man or I just realized that I forgot my kid in the mall type way but stress no less. Stress in a something has to change and it has to change in a few days. I know many people read guidebooks until their eyes fall out and plan trips for a year or two in advance, that is not the case here.

Have to leave Thailand in 5 days and could go anywhere, where to go!?

The plan is Europe for the summer and if I don’t go, I’ll regret it.

Flip side is, if I do go, I’ll regret it.

The beauty of never planning ahead is that you’re totally free. The problem is that whatever choice you make could have gone over smoother had you planned. The flip side once more to this equation is that if you live a spontaneous life with many connections, whenever you do plan, something cooler comes along so you’re basically screwed any way you look at it.

Anyways, what I’ll miss most is the guy below. He’s the man.

P.S: Always take advice from a stranger to heart.  You’ll get the most honest advice ever. The Pancake guy I chill with but never buy from just told me I come to the 7/11 and other places way to often, he’s like don’t you think your internals could use a rest sometime? Then he gave me a hand pound and said peace out, treu(sic) story.


  1. H

    April 26, 2011 at 9:45 am

    Yes Europe!

    • Rob

      April 26, 2011 at 2:07 pm

      That’s the spirit! Was curious who “H” was for about 2.313 seconds. Hope you’re well.

  2. Joanna Butler

    April 26, 2011 at 9:56 am

    I think you write more sense on here than I’ve read anywhere. That’s what travel is about for me; getting perspective on life’s craziness. Or at least being settled in the knowledge that life’s full of unanswered questions. Trying to answer all of them is to never slow down and actually enjoy life itself. Your P.S. is genius and testament to that.

    I feel for you having to leave the awesomeness of Thailand, but surely you can go back anytime, get another visa? Truth is once you’ve left you’ll probably be enjoying the new destination too much to worry about that! Wherever you choose to go, you always seem to make the most of it and have some great stories to tell on here. Why stress? 🙂

    • Rob

      April 26, 2011 at 1:56 pm

      Thanks Joanna, appreciate your comments and thoughts on the writing here. Try and tell it like it is, at least how I perceive it.

      Most likely will enjoy wherever I go, everyone talks of the costs of travel, oddly we all forget the opportunity cost. Gotten a lot of things done this month that just aren’t possible on the road.

      Glad you’re still reading, hadn’t heard from you in a while.

      Hope all is well!

  3. reg

    April 26, 2011 at 10:46 am


    • Rob

      April 26, 2011 at 2:07 pm


  4. Tim

    April 26, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    May i suggest a stopover in Seoul next weekend, on the way to Europe, for the Buddhist lantern parade? Being from a western country, i found it the most amazing festival to take in and worth the visit while on the way to somewhere else.

    • Rob

      April 28, 2011 at 2:06 am

      Stop over in Seoul on way to Europe. I will look into that, that could work, good sir.


  5. T Roach

    April 26, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    – my wife is having an affair with the lawn maintenance man or I just realized that I forgot my kid in the mall
    – he’s like don’t you think your internals could use a rest sometime?

    Haha, good lols. Are you soliciting advice of where to go? There’s so many cool places in SE Asia like Burma and Indonesia. But (as a total stranger) I think you should fly one way to Delhi. You can get a visa for India no sweat, an agent from Soi Rambuttri or somewhere will do all the paperwork and hassle for a nominal fee and a passport sized photo. A one-way is cheap. Once in Delhi, take a bus to somewhere up north like Dharamshala or fly to Leh or something. Totally chill-as-**ck places await.

    • Rob

      April 28, 2011 at 2:06 am

      I’ve thought of it, been to Indo but India is on the list. Burma doesn’t jump out at me for some reason. As per usual, too little time to arrange a visa anyways and my passport is technically full so I am only going to countries that just give stamps.

      Just checked your blog, nice man.

      Will keep this as a potential route when I finally make it to India.

  6. Chasing Trade Winds

    April 26, 2011 at 4:14 pm

    Did you take a look at Myanmar? I talked to a guy in Bangkok who sorted out a tourist visa to there in one day. Heard a lot of good things!

    • Rob

      April 28, 2011 at 2:07 am

      Will check that out, thanks. A few travel agent places on my soi.

  7. Trevor

    April 26, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    I second the OTTAWA!

    • Rob

      April 28, 2011 at 2:07 am

      August – October, quite looking forward to it.

  8. Mike Lenzen | Traveled Earth

    May 10, 2011 at 6:53 pm

    Europe sounds fun. They’ll at least let you stay a full 3 months.

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