Be Legendary.

Ridiculous. If there was one word to describe this trip, it would be ‘Ridiculous’. I went everywhere and did a whole lot! To say I topped my previous outings from past years would be an understatement. I experienced so many new and different things I’ve never encountered before and met tons of new people who I grew fond of as time went on. I don’t know how to describe the scope of this trip to people. It wasn’t just volunteering, nor was it just a backpacking, or vacation kind of deal. It was an adventure!

To sum this trip up, I began in Hong Kong and parts of China where I explored the cities on my own for just a few days.

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The Soho District at night during the late hours.

Next, I moved to Ho Chi Minh (Saigon), Vietnam where I taught English to an amazing group of students who I still really miss to this day.

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I volunteered for four weeks there and during that time I also boated in the mystic Mekong Delta…

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quad biked on humungous sand dunes…

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rode an ostrich…

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injured my neck…

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and ate more ice cream in one day than I think I have ever in my life!

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I also had to say goodbye to my fellow volunteers in Saigon.

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After that, Lucy and I flew to Northern Vietnam where I spent three days in one of the seven natural wonders of the world, Halong Bay, sailing the gem stoned seas!

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Then another three days trekking through the emerald hills of Heaven’s Gate, otherwise known as Sapa!

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Then we flew to Laos where I teamed up with a group of backpackers from all over the world who were traveling my route…

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and so we tubed through a river stopping at bars…

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and had epic mud battles along the way!

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We went to natural waterfalls and springs…

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and charted through pitch dark caves.

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I rode my first motorbike to a Buddhist park…

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breaking the law along the way…

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and climbed things you aren’t supposed to climb on!

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Then I took a bus to Thailand where I became an elephant owner for a day and fed, rode, and took a bath with my elephant…

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which resulted in me getting “Elephant leg”.

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I traveled up to Pai where I met three awesome backpackers…

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and we white water rafted for two days in the Thai jungle…

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jumped off really high cliffs…

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and rode motorbikes through mountains and canyons.

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Made my way down to Bangkok where I found out just how crazy Bangkok really is!

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I also ate an ugly scorpion…

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and behaved like a child in a wax museum.

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Sailed down to the Thailand islands where I met more awesome people…

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and I became a certified scuba diver…

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tried my hand at a Wipeout obstacle course…

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and attended some of the biggest and best parties in the world!

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Then I took a boat and bus to Cambodia where I explored the biggest temples on Earth…

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was ambushed by monkeys…

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sailed the Cambodian islands…

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and relaxed at the best beach I have ever been to in my life!

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I explored the Cambodian country side with friends I’ve made along the way.

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Next, I flew to South Africa where Chris and I reunited with old friends and took eight incredible kids on the trip of a lifetime through the Garden Route via Reaching Out 2 The World…

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and to Cape Town stadium!

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I surfed in shark infested waters…

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went on a wine tour…

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played with monkeys…

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and planted a flag of a lovable dog on top of another natural world wonder, Table Mountain!

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Next, we flew up to Dubai where I spent three nights in a five star hotel…

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went snowboarding in an indoor slope…

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went to the man-made Palm Island…

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and visited one of the best water parks on Earth called Atlantis!

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I took a jet ski through the city marina…

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and went all over Dubai marveling over the amazing landscapes and architecture…

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including the tallest building in the world!

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We then flew to Morocco where we dressed up like the locals…

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rode camels through the Sahara desert…

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charmed deadly snakes…

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and took a journey through the High Atlas mountains.

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Afterwards, we took a ferry up to Spain where we stayed in a haunted hostel…

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saw our first Flamenco show…

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explored a castle…

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and discovered how to paint with lights.

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Went back to South Africa where I experienced a live musical performance…

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threw a sweet Halloween party for the kids of Kayamandi…

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and created lasting memories with everyone I met there.

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This trip was ridiculous Legendary.

Now that I have been home for a few days, I’m starting to adjust back to my normal life in Michigan. And just like every year, when my friends and family ask me “What was the best part?”, I have no answer. It was all incredible! Every country was so unique and different from each other, I couldn’t possibly choose!

As always, my thirst to see more of the world is still there. And I have some big things planned for next year, along with little trips in between to visit volunteers and backpackers I met prior. Where am I going next? Anywhere I feel like.

I’ll tell you all about it in a few months. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Author: Adventure Born

I'm Daniel. A cereal lovin', traveling machine from Michigan on a solo journey around the world, documenting and sharing my unexpected tales from abroad. My aim is to inspire people like YOU to discover your very own adventures. The world is truly too big not to explore it!

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