If you would have stopped by during these last two weeks you would have found me in front of my computer consumed by research–I spent my free time pouring over reviews, reading tourism websites, haphazardly scratching down random itineraries, and adding items of interest to my never-ending travel list. I ate, slept, dreamed, and thought about all things Italian, Greek, and Thai.
Somewhere within the chaos of essentially planning three different trips at once my OCD kicked in, and I created a spreadsheet to organize my thoughts, track costs, and plan budgets–nerd alert! Seriously though, that spreadsheet was something fierce. ;-) And after calculating an estimated cost for each trip, Cody and I spent the majority of our nights discussing each destination and then essentially talking ourselves in circles for the next three hours… :) (Okay, to be honest, there are nights when we spend 30 minutes talking about what we want for dinner because neither of us can decide what to make–so you can’t be too shocked with our indecision about where we want to spend two weeks next summer. Right? Riiiiiiiight?)
Every night we would come to the same conclusion–they are all equally AMAZING! We couldn’t make a wrong choice, which really just made our decision even more complicated. This same conversation continued in happy circles until on a whim we pulled up Google Street View.
But wait, you mean you haven’t planned a vacation by taking an impromptu virtual-road-trip halfway around the world? That’s a completely acceptable way to decide on your vacation, no?
Well it worked for us, because within five minutes of “virtual road-tripping” we knew exactly which destination was right for us this time around.
We’re headed to THAILAND!
With its clear, turquoise water, diversity of sea life, and incredibly cheap dives (I’m talking around $30USD per dive, folks!) the tiny island of Koh Tao is known to divers throughout the world. And not only is it a hot spot for divers, it’s also a hot spot to see (and dive with) whale sharks. Hello bucket list dive!
We’ll be doing some island hopping and spending some time in Bangkok and the surrounding area as well. So here’s to our first experience in Southeast Asia (another new continent for us!), an amazing fourth anniversary trip, and hopefully checking off a few more bucket list items!
Have you been to Southeast Asia? Leave your suggestions of places to go and things to do in the comments below. :)