Let’s Get To Know Each Other Better

Singapore skylineMy route back to North America – after my recent change of plans – has been a long one. First, upon leaving Thailand, I had to make a stop in Bali and after a few interesting days there, I had to fly to Singapore. The reason for all of this bouncing around had nothing to do with some absurd flight route that was offered by some budget airline for some bargain basement fare. I actually needed to stop in Bali and Singapore before returning home.

So, after having spent the past week in Singapore, I am supposed to fly out tomorrow morning. My ticket is for a series of flights that will eventually land me in Cancun, Mexico, where I plan to spend a few days back in Playa del Carmen before finally returning to Florida.

However, it appears as if my journey back to North America is not going to be so easy as I just received an email notification that the first leg of my flight – Singapore to Tokyo – has been delayed. Not only has it been delayed but I will now almost certainly miss my connecting flight to Houston as a result. And not only will I miss my flight to Houston, but the only other available flight out of Tokyo tomorrow (on United or Continental) is a flight to Honolulu, from where there are no other available flights to the mainland for at least 36 hours.

So the point is, you may not hear from me for a long, long time. Or, I might become Hawaii’s newest resident and invite you all to a housewarming party next weekend.

Anyway, I must say that I found it quite interesting that as soon as I learned that my flight plans had begun to unravel, the first thought that entered my head was “I should write a post about this.” And then, as I began to write this post, starting off with a detailed account of my recent whereabouts, something else quite interesting occurred to me.

I spend much of my time writing about the places I’ve been, the places I currently am and the places I plan to be in the future, but I have no idea where most of you are right now. What kind of relationship is this?

Of course, many of you have your own blogs and so I do know the whereabouts of quite a few of you, however, I’d love to know where all of you are. I just think it’s time we get to know each other better.

I’m well aware that trying to keep track of everyone’s location on planet Earth is a near impossible task, especially considering that I can barely keep track of my own location (I inexplicably informed a friend last week that I was in Brunei instead of Bali), but I want to give it a try. I do believe that at least knowing this tiny bit of information will help strengthen our relationship. Don’t you?

So, to all of my readers, all of you whom I appreciate even more than my favorite Indian curries…let’s get it on.

Where are you in the world? Be as specific or vague as you wish…country, city, continent ….planet.

And keep an eye out for that invitation! I’m thinking the white sands of Hanauma Bay on Oahu would be a good place to get the party started.

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383 Responses to Let’s Get To Know Each Other Better

  1. Laura says:

    Hi Earl,
    Merry Christmas!
    I’m a wee bit late in adding a comment but I have been sitting in my office in a very wet and windy Glasgow (Scotland) reading your blog and dreaming of far flung adventures.
    I have a daughter of 10 years who a spirit of adventure so we are introducing her to her own beautiful country first – we visited Orkney during the summer where we spent a week on amazing white sand beaches and visiting prehistoric villages. I think she caught the travel bug as soon as we stepped on the ferry from the mainland.
    I hope to introduce her to Thailand in the next couple of years – for now Scotland and all her beauty are captivating her. Next stop skiing in the Cairngorms and maybe bagging a Munro or 2.
    Travel safe.

  2. Emily says:

    Hi Earl! Discovered your blog not long ago and have been hooked to it ever since. Travelling is such an incredible concept to me. I have never been on a plane somewhere and the furthest I’ve traveled by car is 5 hours. Money and work have always gotten in the way.
    About to start a better paying job that will allow me to save 50% of my pay – so travel here I come!!! Any suggestions on where I should go first?
    I’m living on The Gold Coast in QLD Australia! If you’re ever down under, I would love to grab a bite with you and listen to your stories!
    Thanks! Emily.

    • Wandering Earl says:

      Hey Emily – Thanks for commenting! And to be honest, I would recommend going to the places that excite you most. If you close your eyes and think about travel, which destinations jump out at you and make you want to fly there right now? That’s where you should go 🙂

  3. Madeleine says:

    Hi Earl!
    I found your blog several years back upon preparing for a three week stint in India. I randomly remembered it today, and thought I’d revisit to see what you’ve been up to. All that said, I came across this post and thought I’d offer to buy you lunch should you ever find yourself in Nashville, TN. All the best to you!

    • Wandering Earl says:

      Hey Madeleine – Thank you for that offer 🙂 How was India in the end??

      • Madeleine says:

        It was wonderful, though I don’t think three weeks was a long enough trip! I would love to go back someday, though Thailand is currently #1 on my travel destination list.

  4. Fotios says:

    Hey Earl…Great blog have been reading it for the last couple of months. I live in Vancouver BC

  5. lani says:

    hey when was that we are hitting the beach? did i miss the big date?!
    love this connecting idea. i live in corvallis oregon. i love to travel. have been moslty bicycling touring but not only. enjoy it all.

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