Travis Richardson


Travis Richardson

Many, many months ago I left my home in Greenville, South Carolina to explore Southeast Asia. I started a TESOL certification course in Phenom Penh, Cambodia and completed it in Pattaya, Thailand. After that I moved to Bangkok to find a home and a job as an English teacher. This was the way my whole experience began. I decided to keep a blog because the things that were to come were too fantastic not to share.

I'm now an International MBA Student at Thunderbird School of Global Management. That's why my updates have completely stopped for almost three years. However, keep an eye out. I've stumbled into a program that may actually be perfect for some TravelBlogging.

Below is a link to our family Photobucket site where you can view full albums of all my travels from SE Asia as well as South America.
Richardson Family Photobucket Site

Asia » Nepal » Tadapani March 16th 2015

“I’m gunna free fall, out into nothing. I’m gunna leave this world for a while. Now I’m free...” - Tom Petty, "Free Fallin'" Life has its ups and its downs. Occasionally we lose track of that when we are feeling particularly beat up or particularly golden, but with as much certainty as the sun rising in the east and setting in the west, we may also be certain that fortunes will swing to and fro in due time. This ideology does presuppose the thought that outcomes are not always a summation of their cognizant inputs. There is, after all, a factor known as Fate, which is decidedly independent from us and our plans or desires. From about age 18 to 25, I didn't believe this at all. I was taking life by the nape of its ... read more
Road to Last Resort
Last Resort Tent

Asia » Sri Lanka » Central Province » Kandy February 20th 2012

And our minds were meant to sail Take a rest from our thoughts Take a break from this world And we'll feel miles away From the places that we used to be - Years Around The Sun, "Miles Away" You know those days when you wish you were somewhere else? You can't stop glancing out the window. Your mind keeps meandering through fantastical ideas and far flung memories of a better time. It's natural. Some days and some places are simply more exciting than others. I am home now. Back in the States - the good ole US of A, and I've been struggling with this truth. I'm sitting in the living room of my parents house typing this incredibly belated blog entry, reminescing about and reliving all the places I've been, and it's tough. Home ... read more
Adam's Peak Sunrise 4
Kandy Buddha Flags
Kandy Buddha 2

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Uluwatu January 7th 2012

He stretched out his hand desperately as if to snatch only a wisp of air, to save a fragment of the spot that she had made lovely for him. But it was all going by too fast now for his blurred eyes and he knew that he had lost that part of it, the freshest and the best, forever. - F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby ------------------------------------------------------------------ The Indonesia Trip Part 1: Resa and the Bataks Part 2: Satu, Dua, Tiga... Part 3: Happiness Is Within Part 4: Las Buenas Duran Poco ------------------------------------------------------------------- It's the sense of touch. We - us solitary explorers... read more
Ubud Rice Terraces 3
Monkey Escapes
Trail through the Rice

Asia » Indonesia » Lombok » Gilli Trawangan January 1st 2012

He was sounding the deeps of his nature, and of the parts of his nature that were deeper than he, going back into the womb of Time. He was mastered by the sheer surging of life, the tidal wave of being, the perfect joy of each separate muscle, joint, and sinew in that it was everything that was not death, that it was aglow and rampant, expressing itself in movement, flying exultantly under the stars and over the face of dead matter that did not move. - Jack London, The Call of the Wild --------------------------------------------------------- The Indonesia Trip Part 1: Resa and the Bataks Part 2: Satu, Dua, Tiga... Part 3: Happiness Is Within Part 4: Las B... read more
Gili T Boat
Fire Dancers 4
Guesthouse Flowers

Asia » Indonesia » Java » Yogyakarta December 25th 2011

Now you just dig them in front. They have worries, they're counting the miles, they're thinking about where to sleep tonight, how much money for gas, the weather, how they'll get there - and all the time they'll get there anyway, you see. But they need to worry and betray time with urgencies false and otherwise, purely anxious and whiny, their souls really won't be at peace unless they can latch on to an established and proven worry and having once found it they assume facial expressions to fit and go with it, which is, you see, unhappiness, and all the time it all flies by them and they know it and that too worries them no end. - Jack Kerouac, On The Road ------------------------------------------------------------------------ The Indonesia Trip Part 1: Resa and the ... read more
Prambanan Plane
Borobudur 2
Prambanan Temple 2

Asia » Indonesia » Sumatra » Lake Toba December 23rd 2011

He had been suddenly jerked from the heart of civilization and flung into the heart of things primordial. No lazy, sun-kissed life was this, with nothing to do but loaf and be bored. Here was neither peace, nor rest, nor a moment's safety. All was confusion and action, and every moment life and limb were in peril. There was imperative need to be constantly alert; for these dogs and men were not town dogs and men. - Jack London, The Call of the Wild ------------------------------------------------------- The Indonesia Trip Part 1: Resa and the Bataks Part 2: Satu, Dua, Tiga... Part 3: Happiness Is Within Part 4: Las Buenas Duran Poco ---... read more
Batak Houses
Swimming in the Lake
Resa Flying

Asia » Burma » Mandalay Region » Bagan December 9th 2011

No, it is impossible; it is impossible to convey the life sensation of any given epoch of one’s existence – that which makes its truth, its meaning – its subtle and penetrating essence. It is impossible. We live as we dream – alone. - Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness I sat alone at the top of the red brick temple, looking out over a land that was not my home, and I dreamed about peace. Ten million miles from anything like an utterance of my other life, I gazed over the vast open plains of central Burma and dreamed with my eyes wide open. I listened to the wind and the birds. I watched the shadows of the world appear and disappear as great white clouds drifted under the sun. Without any other discernable human presence ... read more
Temple Archways
Inside Ananda
Bagan Temples 12

Asia » Burma » Yangon Region » Yangon December 2nd 2011

Do you see the story? Do you see anything? It seems to me I am trying to tell you a dream – making a vain attempt, because no relation of a dream can convey the dream sensation, that commingling of absurdity, surprise, and bewilderment in a tremor of struggling revolt, that notion of being captured by the incredible which is of the very essence of dreams…- Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness Burma… Oh man, I don’t even know where to begin with this one. In my futile attempts to describe this experience to friends, a word that has continued to pop out of my mouth is “wild.” And the more I think on it now, the more I find that to be an appropriate adjective. This was unlike anything I’ve ever done or anywhere I’ve ever ... read more
Shwedagon Sillhouette
Playing with the kids
Early Bird

Asia » Malaysia » Wilayah Persekutuan » Kuala Lumpur October 28th 2011

And for just a moment I had reached the point of ecstasy that I always wanted to reach, which was the complete step across chronological time into timeless shadows, and wonderment in the bleakness of the mortal realm, and the sensation of death kicking at my heels to move on, with a phantom dogging its own heels, and myself hurrying to a plank where all the angels dove off and flew into the holy void of uncreated emptiness, the potent and inconceivable radiancies shining in bright Mind Essence, innumerable lotus-lands falling open in the magic mothswarm of heaven. - Jack Kerouac, On The Road It has been established that it is currently the rainy season in SE Asia. It has also been mentioned that this particular rainy season has indeed been quite rainy. A result ... read more
The Merlion + Skyline
Opera House and Singapore Flyer
Singapore Chicken and Rice

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok October 16th 2011

There are storms that are frankly theatrical, all sheet lightning and metallic thunder rolls. There are storms that are tropical and sultry, and incline to hot winds and fireballs. But this was a storm of the Circle Sea plains, and its main ambition was to hit the ground with as much rain as possible. It was the kind of storm that suggests that the whole sky has swallowed a diuretic. The thunder and lightning hung around in the background, supplying a sort of chorus, but the rain was the star of the show. It tap-danced across the land- Terry Pratchett, Equal Rites I can’t remember what it feels like to wear dry socks. I can barely remember a day without rain, but even then only in a hazy, unreal sort of way. Like “Hmm, did I ... read more
Lightning in the clouds above my apt
My night market was completely flooded
Its like this on your head

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