Wrapping Up the Summer of Asia

Tiger's Nest Monastery Bhutan

It’s only fitting that a summer spent in Asia – my favorite region of the world – would end in one of my favorite cities in the world, Bangkok.

I don’t have anything new or exciting to say about Bangkok that hasn’t been covered to the point of exhaustion already on this site but suffice it to say, it was a perfectly relaxing place to spend my final days of freedom before the college football season starts next week.

Sadly, I spent most of my time while in Bangkok working. Of course, that’s not to say I didn’t squeeze in a massage or two…I’m not a total glutton for punishment.

This past month has been yet another absolutely incredible adventure. I have always wanted to visit the Himalayas but January (during my annual RTW trip) just seemed like a bad (i.e. cold) time. The summer months, as it turned out, were just perfect, despite the rainy season.

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I mean, sure, rare was the day that I didn’t sweat entirely though my clothing in the humidity and, ok fine, I did trudge through at least one flooded out intersection in Myanmar. But who’s counting?

Overall, I think I was extremely lucky. On the few days that I really needed good weather (to fly over Everest, to make the Tiger’s Nest hike and to tour Lhasa) I got it.

Who cares if I had a few rainy days at the beach? In fact, there’s something to be said for a lazy, rainy day at the beach. Especially if you can say it from a luxurious villa or a spa massage table.

Mount Everest, Nepal
The flight of a lifetime over Mount Everest

My sincere thanks to Shannon and Angela for joining me on various parts of the trip…we basked in the beauty of the good weather days and we laughed off the bad.

It was an epic adventure, to be sure. We also had a pretty successful run of suite upgrades, definitely my best percentage yet. And that sure makes a month on the road a bit more comfortable!

So, thank you to Starwood Hotels for all the fabulous upgrades (my Platinum status sure does pay off, especially overseas!) and big thanks to the two new hotel companies I worked with on this summer’s trip – COMO Hotels in Bhutan and Orient-Express Hotels in Myanmar, I hope to visit many more of your beautiful properties in the future.

In case you missed any of the installments from this trip, here they are in all their long-winded glory, in one convenient location:

Stop #1 – A Second Date with Beijing

Stop #2 – Panda-Monium in Chegdu, China

Stop #3 – The Kathmandu Krush

Stop #4 – Himalayan Happiness in the Kingdom of Bhutan

Stop #5 – The Full Monsoon-Season-Monty in Krabi

Stop #6 – Long Lights & Late Nights in Bangkok

Stop #7 – Myanmar, Part One: The Beauty of Yangon

Stop #8 – Myanmar, Part Two: The Temples of Bagan

Stop #9 – Myanmar, Part Three: Monsoon Madness in Mandalay

Stop #10 – Kicking Back in Khao Lak

Stop #11 – Thin Air, Don’t Care: Three Days in Tibet

Stop #12 – Not Much to do in Haikou

So, there you have it…one more month of globetrotting in the books!

I realized the other day that after 8 round-the-world trips and now 5 big summer trips, I have traveled the world for a solid 13 months in the past 8 years. So to all of you who think you could never possibly take a year off to travel…you don’t have to!

Just do it a little at a time and eventually you’ll get there.

So, yes, I’m finally headed home from Asia and back to the US. But fear not, plans for Round the World #9 are already in the works.

Thanks to all of you for following along again with me this summer. Enjoy your fall season as I toil away at small town stadiums across the country for the next few months helping to bring college football to America’s living rooms.

What keeps me sane during four months without a day off?

Planning my annual January round-the-world trip, of course! And Round the World #9 is just what I’ll be working on for the next few months.

Until next time…happy travels!


  1. Awesome trip! I had fun reading your adventures. Hope I can visit Chengdu and Tibet one day.

    1. Thanks for following along, Ruth! The pandas were adorable and Tibet is just amazing!

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