About

alice
I’m Alice, a 31-year-old now living in Michigan. In April 2018, I quit my job as an NYC lawyer to travel in Asia and South America. I like bulleted lists, so here are a few other things you might want to know:

  • Time is the main reason why I decided to make long-term travel plans. Although I had a decent number of vacation days at work, it was still tricky to plan trips that involved plane rides longer than 8 hours. When I talked about my travel wish list, I would usually end by saying, “I’d love to go there…whenever I have enough time.” Ultimately, I adopted a now-or-never mentality: I’m single, relatively young (I have to remind myself of this whenever I woke up to yells from 23 year olds tearing up Murray Hill at 2 AM), and don’t have a pet or own a house. It’s only going to get more difficult to travel later, so I figured I should take the opportunity now. That being said, deciding to quit my job was difficult, especially since I had close friends at work.
  • I’m not a particularly adventurous person, and I’m totally OK with being basic. While I tracked my spending, I wasn’t on a shoestring budget (thanks, biglaw bonus!), which allowed me some comforts that gap-year backpackers might not necessarily get to enjoy. Other travelers pride themselves on getting off the tourist path, and it’s very cool to say that you’ve been somewhere that guidebook writers have never heard of. To be honest, though, I’m not that kind of person—I’m very much a tourist and follow the well tread path.
  • When I started my trip, I didn’t have concrete post-travel plans. This was terrifying, but I was very lucky things worked out employment-wise after I returned to the US. I didn’t start looking for jobs until after I returned from traveling, and in hindsight, I have no regrets about that; however, this is so easy for me to say now that I’m gainfully employed. The two months I spent scrolling through job sites and editing cover letters were no picnic, and it made me really, really hate the word “funemployment.”
  • I’m not a professional travel blogger, nor am I aspiring to be one. I’m too dorky to be an influencer of any kind, and I’m not trying to earn money from this blog. I don’t use affiliate links, so you can click away guilt-free.
  • Things I love: figure skating, Cornell (shoutout to my man Andy Bernard), French fries
  • Things I despise: snoring, gum snapping, cucumbers

Destinations:

  • Vietnam: May 6, 2017 to June 4, 2017
  • Thailand: June 4, 2017 to June 25, 2017
  • Malaysia: June 25, 2017 to July 26, 2017
  • Indonesia: July 26, 2017 to August 25, 2017
  • The Philippines: August 25, 2017 to September 16, 2017
  • Taiwan: September 16, 2017 to September 19, 2017
  • Japan: September 19, 2017 to October 17, 2017
  • USA (home, sweet home!): October 17, 2017 to October 27, 2017
  • Bolivia: October 28, 2017 to November 24, 2017
  • Peru: November 24, 2017 to January 2, 2018
  • Chile: January 2, 2018 to February 7, 2018
  • Argentina: February 7, 2018 to March 23, 2018
  • Colombia: March 23, 2018 to April 27, 2018