What’s Going on in my Life of World Travel, Chiang Mai
I’m writing this from my Airbnb in Chiang Mai. I’m in a very comfortable air conditioned room sitting on an uncomfortable wooden chair.
I’ve been in Thailand for 21 days and life here agrees with me. The weather is warm and mostly dry. The local people are super polite and understanding of my obvious ignorance of their culture. Most don’t speak much english and I only know three words of Thai. Even with the lack of language interacting with Thai people is easy. They have dealt with english speaking tourists (farang) long enough that communication is no problem at all. Its really great to be here. My days are relaxed and I like having the same “home” to come back to every day.
By comparison India was a mad rush of travel. I would spend at most a week in any one location. At times being stationary felt like stagnation. Other times I felt that having a whole week without the need to keep planning and moving was a total luxury. When I was in India I felt that I could relax for a week, but it was never enough to settle my mind enough to focus on the future.
Chiang Mai has allowed me to feel a bit more confident about the direction my life is taking. Thailand is a whole new experience in slow travel. My first two nights I had in Bangkok was spent acclimatizing to a new country. In retrospect getting to Chiang Mai, where I have a long term and private accommodation, would have been a better use of my time. Having a base in Chiang Mai has allowed me to see a larger picture of how I can continue with the lifestyle of travel and generating income. I have the stability to figure out what I am actually trying to do and the time to relax and plan how to do it.
I have wanted to travel for so long and now I do. In my dreams of travel I imagined that every day would be relaxing and fulfilling. Now I find myself doing what I always wanted, yet still occasionally feeling lost and scattered.
The biggest struggle I have is trying to balance the desire to go out, spend money, have fun, and socialize with trying to create images, blog posts, monetize my life, and create a brand that people trust and enjoy. When I am out trying to enjoy being in a different part of the world I find myself stressing that I am not getting any work done. When I am sitting in my room writing, editing, and working, I look out the window and think of the fun things I could be doing instead. Then I also find myself having anxiety because I am working on one thing, and I really need to be working on another. Like right now I’m writing this blog post, but I need to be working on a video before the sun goes down and takes away my light.
Being in Chiang Mai has allowed me to get some stability back in my life. That has allowed me to do more planning, get work done and set some new directions. I In the last week I finally feel I am working towards generating income. I am overflowing with ideas, and taking concrete steps to make those ideas reality.
So what are my plans for the next few months. Well as I write this some ideas are coming together.
- In the travel department I am heading to Laos for May. After that nothing is concrete but the idea of a motorcycle trip through Vietnam keeps floating around my head.
- With Pixelbip I will continue posting my daily photos. I recently created a Pixelbip Youtube channel and soon will be posting some content there.
- With Earth to Keir I plan to publish more frequent and much smaller posts. The idea of larger complicated posts has prevented me from posting much of anything.
Decisions are only hard until they are made. I made what I believe to be a few good ones since I’ve been in Chiang Mai. I still have some big ones to make but like with anything when I look at the big picture it feels overwhelming. Breaking things down to smaller tasks makes the large projects appear more realistic.
What are some of the things you have decided to do with moving your life forward?