What I’m Reading For Inspiration: How I Spent the 4th of July on a Motorcycle in Vietnam

Recently I was browsing through blogs and this title caught my eye:

How I Spent the 4th of July on a Motorcycle in Vietnam.

I thought, “Oo, that sounds interesting.” It turned out to be about a lady traveling solo through Asia. Exactly what I was looking for.

Someday I would love to travel solo like this. I’ve always been fascinated by the idea of an open road. I love the feeling of possibility. It’s magical; anything can happen!

By contrast, my upcoming trip is not highly structured, but it is planned. I know where I will live, who I will see, and where I will visit. I will pretty much be staying in one place. But it’s a start! Baby steps… Baby steps like going alone to a foreign country. Ri-i-ight.

Life is short. Why start small?

6 Weeks and Counting…

Less than 6 weeks until my trip, and things are all coming together. I can’t think of anything really pressing that I have to do.  Except practice Russian. I should probably do more of that since I’m going to be in Ukraine for four weeks.

The time is speeding by very quickly. I meant to post an update a couple of weeks ago, but I’ve been so busy that I missed it.

My goal and purpose for this trip is:

1. To reconnect with friends

2. To observe and experience real Ukrainian culture and life

3. To improve my Russian language skills, and hopefully pick up some Ukrainian as well. 

I look forward to making new friends and having more opportunities to travel in the future. And I will be looking into the possibility of working and living there at some point. Or I may love it so much that I’ll just never come back at all!




I would also like to thank my friends and family for supporting and encouraging me while I undertake this endeavor. I would especially like to thank my mom, particularly for not freaking out when I told her I was going by myself for a month, but also for everything she’s done to help. This trip would not be possible without her!