The BEST hostel in Bangkok is The Yard! I was lucky enough to get a room and wise enough to book in advance. The Yard is an oasis, a sanctuary. Bangkok is bustling with traffic and people but walking into The Yard, all my stress dissipated. Not only was I greeted by a wonderfully manicured green space, the warm smiles I received were contagious. The Yard is whimsical by day and magical by night. There’s a mini library including dvds, ps3 games, a full bar and a delicious burger stand. Honestly, one can call it a night and relax after a long hot day of sightseeing. Breakfast (cereal, yogurt, fruit, toast, jam, butter, tea, coffee), towels and a locker included for $15 a night. There’s a kitchenette if you wish to save by making a few meals. Without the compassionate and fun loving crew, it would be an empty place, beautiful, but empty. I was surrounded by interesting and well traveled individuals who often invited me to tag along, which I gladly accepted. The Yard was such phenomenal haven that I was heartbroken to leave. I was not disappointed. If anything, I am worried my high expectations will lead to future hostel suffering lol.
It takes ages for me to decide on a destination. I do extensive research, scouring blogs and reviews for tips. For months I’m consumed, absorbing as much as possible. I make an itinerary for the must sees. I find accommodations and even mentally pack my bag. There’s a list for everything. While all these things are tedious, I do them for every trip.
However, nothing prepares me for what follows as the date nears. Anticipation. Anxiety. Nerves. Time ticks away, similar to the ascend of a climbing rollercoaster. As months turn into weeks, and weeks into days, I exhibit the same manifestation of waiting in line for a thrill ride. With one misplaced thought, I find myself a few clicks away from reaching the summit. Symptoms include: Sweating palms, accelerated heart beat, shallow and irregular breathing. My stomach does somersaults, because we all know what happens when the clicking stops. Once we have made the daunting journey to the top. When it’s eerily silent, as you take in the surroundings beneath your feet; Before you plummet into the unknown.
For me, preparing to travel gives the identical sensation of an amusement ride. Yes I have an idea. I’ve studied the bends, loops and sharp turns as I stood in line. But that doesn’t prepare me for the actual ride. All of my lists, research, blog discoveries and travel tips neglect to prepare me. As I sit on the floor of JFK International Airport, waiting to board my flight to China. My minds began to scream “Whoa whoa whoa, wth, we’re going too far out of our comfort zone! Are you sure we are ready?” But now it’s too late, for it is disturbingly quiet. And we all know what happens next.
I can let the cat out of the bag now that it’s official! (I had to really twist her arm!) I would like to introduce you to Ashleigh the Wanderlust. She is the new travel contributor for Authentically+B. Yay!!! She is my sister, photographer, and professional traveler. We have gone on travel adventures together many times but she takes her traveling very seriously and is a globe trotter. She is currently solo tripping in Thailand for a month. (Serious right?!?!) We will be working together to bring you beautiful, useful information about our adventures and travel experiences. Her writing style will rope you in and make you feel like you are there! Before you know it, you will be buying plane tickets to places she wrote about. We hope you love it! Enjoy!