The Ultimate guide to
The Ultimate guide to
The journey so far....
Where shall I begin? Right here is probably best. And then I`ll backtrack a little and tell you about the trip over here.
It`s 7.30pm local time and I`m sat in an open air bar just around the corner from my hotel in Sio Rambuttri in the vibrant Koh San Road area of Bangkok. The area is famous as a centre for backpackers of all ages from every corner of the world, made famous in the movie 'The Beach'.
It`s very hot but there is a little breeze every now and again. A welcome respite. The bar is about half full. Mostly couples of all ages and as I`m writing I`m also people watching too. Hundreds of people filing past the bar on the narrow street outside stopping at the many, delicious food and other stalls along the busy narrow street.
Westen dance and RnB in playing but not too loud. A lovely Thai waitress has just brought over my large bottle of Chang, a local lager. I`ve no idea how much it`ll cost but it`ll be less than 100 Bht (that`s around £2). And this is a relatively expensive area of the city and of Thailand in general.
So, how did I end up here? In my little paradise!
I flew over with Emerit Airlines with a 15 hour overnight airport stopover whilst I waited for my connecting flight in Dubai . The crew were superb, very attentive and, of course, I couldn`t help but notice the girls were beautiful and the guys were handsome and immaculately dressed in their uniforms . Meals were better than the usual airline fodder and drinks were all completely free. Yes, even the alchoholic ones. And hereby hangs a little problem. No not with me. The lady who sat next to me with her young daughter.
Now here`s where I have to be careful. A little diplomatic. Which is not always my middle name. The problem is I gave her my card with the website address on it. So she may see what I`ve written here.
A few minutes before take off from Newcastle airport, when I had thought I `d be able to sprawl about on the only two seats on the full plain remaining empty at the side of me, a lady and her daughter appeared.
Maureen (not her real name) is from Darlington. Probably a little youger than me, late 40`s, early 50`s maybe. She and her 12 year old daughter were travelling to Dubai where her husband works. She was very open and talkative from the start and when she learned of my 15 hour stopover in Dubaia, she very kindly offered that I go and stay the night with her husband, daughter and her in their Dubai appartment.
I almost said yes. In fact I porbably did at first but managed to wangle out of it as the flight continued and we got nearer Dubai. Sometimes when extroverts have one too many drinks they become a little obnoxious. And at first I hadn`t realised that the ccrew were getting a little concerned as she mouthed off about this and about that. Had she ordered the salmon and not the chicken, I cannot remember. But she did go on about it. And on. And on. And...
Now I don`t wish to sound ungrateful. It was very gracious of her to offer me a place to stay for the night. But I`ve been here before. And I didn`t want my adventure to kick off with an awkward start. So, in the end I just got my head down and tried to sleep. Before getting off the flight she passed me her Dubai address and that was that.
I wonder what would be going round in her husbands head if I`d turned up with her on the doorstep? Perhaps he`s a good, understanding sort of guy. But I wasn`t going to take the risk. Particularly not after her personality seemed to change for the worse after having a few drinks.
So that was how the fisrt leg of my journey over here went. I slept on the floor for an hour or two in Dudai airport but I wasn`t the only one. Or the oldest. All quite exciting really. Welcome to my new world.
On the next leg of my three day journey to get here I met a lovely young lady from Amsterdam called Sanna. I don`t recall her having an alchoholic drink on the flight and she told me an interesting story about a boyfriend she once had in New York. I`ll tell you about it and about Sanna next time.
I`ll also tell you about my arrival at Bangkok airport, another sleep on an airport floor, well bench actually, and how I unsuccessfully attempted to navigate the Bangkok city streets to find my hotel.
Time now to maybe order another Chang. Or maybe I`ll take a little stroll and mingle with my fellow travellers. Must be up early in the morning tho. The train to Kuala Lumpur via Penang awaits.
Want to travel the world for less? Lovely Planet tv is building a website with ideas and all the resources you`ll ever need. Like how to find free accommodation and meals, visa requirements, cost of living comparisons, ways to earn money on the road, etc. Lots of articles and links for the older traveler too plus follow Peter`s journey on his blog and upcoming Vlog. There`s inspiration too. Like how to develop an unconventional and free mind. Free yourself of the fears holding you back. Learn to live a life at one with the universe.
Lately I`ve been building up more links on the Travel Resources page here on the website. I`ve said before that the resources I post onto the page are the one`s I`d find handy myself if I was just starting to think about travelling abroad for more than just a holiday.
So what are the resources I have on the page so far?
Here`s just some of the useful links you`ll find if you pay the page a visit...
Find the page at www.lovelyplanettv.com/travel-resources.html
Please also like us on facebook at Lovely Planet tv
If you are new to this website, let me welcome you and tell you one of the main reasons it exists. I want to inspire and encourage older people, the over 50`s shall we say, to change their lives in a way that they had never thought was possible. Should they want to of course.
Many people may be perfectly happy with their lives the way they are. And that`s OK. But there must surely be others who feel like I do and feel that there is more to life than what we are currently experiencing.
This website concentrates on volunteering overseas on a shoestring which is how I am changing my own life. Time will tell whether or not it works out for me but even now, before my travels have got underway, I feel in control, totally happy, a completely different person than I was a year ago. Perhaps it takes a really low point in life to expose you to development of this nature.
A few people have said to me that they think what I`m doing is really great and wish that they could do it too. Often those people are of a similar age to myself. The most difficult thing for most is that they would have to leave loved ones behind. However, even though I realise this is easy for me to say because of the circumstances I myself am in with no partner, no responsibility for another and parents long gone, I believe it should not be a reason to not do it. But, like I said, it`s easy for me to say and should circumstances have been different, perhaps I`d feel differently.
Having said that, I`ve learned a lot over the last few months and if I ever did get into this position, I`d like to think that I would act differently. To know yourself, to get in touch with the universe , to understand why you feel the way you do and acted the way you did makes it possible to live the life you want.
Perhaps you are like me. Had a long or even a few shorter but meaningful partners and now find yourself on your own. Kids grown up and living their own lives as indeed they should. Maybe you`re also looking for some change in the life you`ve lived up until now?
Want to give something back? Want to make a difference before it`s too late?
Here are my 13 thoughts for living the life you want at any age...
1. Think like a child. Be in awe of life and dream of enriching the universe. Follow a spiritual path.
2. Follow your personal dream. Make sure however that your personal dream is for the benefit of the universe.
3. The only thing stopping you is what`s going on in your mind.
4. As we get older, it may seem more difficult because we continue to live the rules of the programme for longer.
5. Realise that the familiar circumstances you are currently living in can be changed and that the only thing holding you back is familiarity and fear of change.
6. Forget most of what you`ve learned most of your life.
7. It has NOTHING to do with money.
8. Take control back. Forget authority because YOU and only YOU are your own authority.
9. Forget about materialism and all those comforts you might be giving up.
10. Do not worry about money or debt. You will find a a way to deal with personal debt to friends or relatives but, particularly if you are older and have built up debt from financial institutions, do some research and realise that loans, credit card, bank debt is nothing to worry about. It does not exist. The money from these corporations did not exist until you signed the agreement. It is fundamental to how our economy works. You have not robbed a depositor. Because the money you borrowed was created by the stoke of a keyboard.
11. Everything you do must be for the benefit of your personal dream.
12. Do not believe that you are being selfish if your personal dream excludes others. Remember that your personal dream is of benefit to the universe. It is YOUR personal dream and you should not feel guilty. It is your right.
13. Do what is necessary to enable you to accomplish you personal dream. Those things that initially seem out of reach will come to you so long as your personal dream is benefitail to the universe.
What do you feel about these 13 thoughts? Please feel free to comment below.
All = videos & blogs.
Blogs = my written blogs.
Cambodia = Cambodia videos
Malaysia = Malaysia Videos.
Thailand = Thailand videos.
Krishna = Krishna videos