A couple days ago I shared some of our best travel moments from 2015, but like anything, there is a dark side to everything.
Sea Sickness in Brunei
Getting sick while in transport or sort of my thing. I’ve written several posts about it, my most memorable being that time I vomited on a whale shark. And yet, despite my aversion to boats, I somehow end up on a boat at one point during every holiday. I must be masochistic.
During my two week trip to Borneo, I figured it would be criminal to not visit the small country to Brunei while there. I spent a couple nights in Brunei before I had to make my way back to Borneo. I had two options. A 10 hour bus journey through multiple border crossings, or a 5 hour ferry journey. For some reason, I chose the ferry.
It was probably not the best choice.
On the first ferry I was woozy, but I sort of kept it together. I had to lie down across the chairs as for some reason this helps with the dizziness, but I pretty much had zero control over my 2 year old at the time. Luckily he amused himself by playing with the Bruneian family sitting behind us as I was useless at parenting in that state.
The second ferry was worse. I don’t know how a route that close to land, and in sunny and calm conditions, can be so rough. This one was so rough that even Jacob was lying down next to me and didn’t even try to run away. Which was good, as I was completely immobile.
Why Do I Always End Up On Boats? in Sydney
I always end up on a damn boat. Every. Single. Time. I make bad choices.
We went to spend a weekend in Sydney and had organized a couple tours on Sydney harbour. Our second trip was a whale watching tour. The tour was great, until we left the protected safety of the ocean and entered the open seas. The whale experience was fantastic… but I was a little too green to fully appreciate it.
The Most Anti-Social Hostel in Hong Kong
Recently I spent a week in Hong Kong and Thailand. I was going to Thailand to speak at TBEX (one of my highlights of 2015) and I figured I might as well spend a couple of days in Hong Kong before heading over to Bangkok. It was my first time travelling solo (other than the couple of days in Brunei) since I went to Samoa and Fiji in 2012. Travelling solo doesn’t usually bother me at all as I usually can make friends at hostels or meet up events. I decided to stay in a hostel for the purpose of hopefully meeting people. Unfortunately everyone in the hostel was already travelling in groups, and most were groups of shy Asian girls who weren’t about to invite an awkward Westerner into the mix. Oh well, at least I had plenty of time to finish my slides for TBEX.