For anyone considering a trip like this, I wouldn’t recommend 14 countries in 7 months. That’s bad planning on our part. I know it sounds ridiculous since we are taking a year away from work (and even more ridiculous after Skyping with cousin Katie who had just worked a 4-day nursing shift), but we are exhausted. I had read that this might happen and the best way to beat it is just to sit down somewhere for a week or more. So, where better to do this than an island off of Thailand’s east coast?
We spent two weeks on Koh Phangan recovering from a cold, swimming, sitting in the sun, exploring the island by motorbike, and not unpacking and repacking our bags.
A couple weeks later we are well rested and ready for more traveling! Bring on those 12 hour overnight bus rides!