A big realization hit me today as I finished packing for our two week trip to Malaysia..
..we are complete newbies when it comes to traveling!
Adam and I left the country for the first time in February when we took a winter vacation to Iceland.
You would think this prepared us and provided us with the much needed experience to then fly 24 hrs to Malaysia stopping for a connecting flight in Dubai..right?
Our trip to Iceland was truly the easiest vacation ever. I'll break it down for you:
- 5 hour flight
- Everyone speaks English
- English is written on all signs in airport as well as menus
- Shuttle buses provided to get anywhere and everywhere in the city
- Hotel had restaurant inside
- Tour day provided
- Food was delicious and affordable
- Shopping was a breeze
- 6.5 hour flight home
Too easy! There was not one issue, concern, or conflict the entire week while in Iceland. We feel fortunate to have had such a wonderful time but it was almost too easy, does that make sense?
Adam was given the amazing opportunity to travel to Malaysia on a business trip for 2 weeks and spouses were also invited. We spent almost a year going back and forth between the pros and cons of going on the trip and every time, had a split decision: Adam was in, I was out.
I will not lie, I am scared. After deep thought and prayer, I came to a conclusion: I rather be scared with Adam by my side then be home scared and worrying about Adam.
This brings us to tonight, less than 48 hours until our plane departs from JFK.
I made a rather detrimental mistake by reading every single word of this and this--rookie mistake I'm sure. Many of my worries have been calmed though thanks to A LOT OF PRAYER and receiving vaccines for Hepatitis A, Malaria, and Typhoid. These were the vaccines recommended for people visiting Kuala Lumpur, the country's capital, where we will be for two weeks.
Something else hit me today as I was folding laundry..
..this blog has 794 followers, surely at least 1 person is a travel "pro" and will comment leaving me something of worth whether it be encouragement or great advice.
So here I am asking YOU for help, for wisdom, for advice, for comfort, for encouragement..
I NEED YOU!
Have you ever packed food in your checked luggage?
What are some tips to surviving 24 hrs on a plane?
What medicines are available and efficient to prevent motion sickness/make you sleep?
Besides refraining from tap water and street food, what other precautions should we take regarding our meals?
Do we need to rinse our toothbrushes out with bottled water?
Did you suffer from "traveler's stomach" aka diarrhea?
There are so many more questions I could ask..I would truly love feedback from you about your experiences traveling around the world. Lord knows I need more positive reinforcement!
My fingers are crossed I get at least 1 of you 794 readers--please please please, HELP!
Happy Living--Happy Traveling
--Little Things Bring Smiles--
P.S. A very sincere thank you goes out to my parents who will be taking care of our dog Colden and for my in-laws who will be continually checking in on our house and property. It is a relief knowing our pup and home are safe and sound.
P.S.S. In exactly thirty minutes I leave to pick Adam up at the airport from his other business venture to Vegas! Oh happy day!