Summer Travels

Phew, it’s been quite awhile since my last post! I really am sorry about that, but I also don’t want to spend too much time apologizing because sometimes life is busy, and you have a buttload of things to do before finishing for the semester (100’s of assignments to grade, 60+ hours spent on a project, half a dozen assignments to do, 3 final exams, 2 presentations, 1 other research paper, and a partridge and a pear tree <– I did a majority of that in about 2 weeks time, minus the pear tree – yikes). But, I did think I’d feel more freedom to check in a time or two since the semester’s end to tell you what’s coming up this summer.

Not that I have much of any more time to blog (okay, I have MUCH more free time now, and feel SO GOOD about being done with school work, but for the past three weeks I’ve been spending most of my time each day trying to get ready for my upcoming travels), but now’s as good a time as ever to tell you about my summer plans.

(To build anticipation a little more…) I often don’t feel convinced that travel plans are actually going to happen until it’s pretty certain that they will – this is rationally based on past experience, as well as banking on my ability to wildly build up anticipation for travel that is incomprehensibly unable to meet my expectations. Seeing as we’re now less than a week away from my departure date, I figured I have the green light to go ahead and share the good news.

So, without further ado, this summer I will be traveling to…cambodia



maaaybe Thailand?? or Vietnam? (I will try to squeeze it in if at all possible!!)

and, saving the best for lastmaldives-generic-beach-view-with-hammock

the Maldives!!!

Before you get too jealous, or if you’re wondering – WHAT?! HOW?! – let me tell you: I will be conducting research for my master’s thesis in Cambodia, which is the foremost reason for traveling internationally at all this summer. Because my trip to Cambodia is fully funded, Whit and I figured we might as well kill two birds with one stone (I talked him into it): we should tack on an extra plane ticket for him to meet me halfway around the world, and we could do some traveling on our own, for half the cost (it took about three pictures like the above to convince him).

The Maldives has been at THE VERY TOP of my ALL-TIME dream-wish-bucket list since I was in probably 8th grade (or whenever I got my first “tropical islands” calendar and saw a picture of clear WHITE water rolling onto an also white SANDBANK). When I realized I’d be closest to the Indian Ocean as maybe I’ll ever be, I knew this was my chance to *trrrry* my hardest to make it happen. And the plans are coming together!! (Still holding the future in God’s hands, not my own.) I’ll share more later, I’m sure, but the Singapore part is a result of my finagling the plane tickets to Cambodia and the Maldives to benefit our budget and travel plans as much as possible. 🙂

So, God willing, I will have a ton of exciting adventures to share with you starting in about one week!! My parents will join me in Cambodia for a little while, and Whit will be there at the end for vacation, but other than that I will be lacking for nightly activities, so my plan is to fill that time with lots of blogging! I can’t wait to show photos, share stories, and most likely complain about crazy mishaps that only occur in third world countries.

Later days!

Images: Cambodia / Singapore / Thailand / Maldives

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