Writer’s Guilt and Traveling

5 Mar

I feel like a bad journalist. Today marks my eighth week of traveling through Southeast Asia and I have yet to write one blog post. Every time I have a pang of guilt over this I rationalize it by telling myself I’m living in the moment. And I am.

But today it stops. Sort of. I’m in Battambang, Cambodia right now – a quaint little town with colonial storefronts, a smaller tourist circuit and a slower pace of life. I decided to splurge on a $16 a night hotel room with a desk, air conditioning and a giant window that lights up the room, just so I could put an end to this and start documenting my trip. (And, honestly I was dying for some alone time and some privacy. You can read my traveler’s guide to hostels, hotels and couchsurfing, here.)

I leave for Saigon, Vietnam by bus tomorrow morning and while it’s still fresh in my mind I’d like to share what I think about Thailand and Cambodia. It’s been 56 days since I left California and began my love affair with Asia, but it feels like my trip has only just begun. It’s funny how relative time becomes when you feel like all you’ve got is time.

2 Responses to “Writer’s Guilt and Traveling”

  1. happypoppeye March 6, 2012 at 3:08 AM #

    OH PLEASE …like you don’t have better things to do than write blog posts. I never write blog posts when I travel, especially in SE Asia. If I wanted to sit in front of a computer …I would stay home 🙂

    Have fun in Saigon …awesome city and Vietnam is spectacular.

    • alex March 6, 2012 at 3:22 AM #

      Thanks, John! That really makes me feel better about taking so long to put anything up. I kind of promised everyone back home I’m document the trip. Photos work, right?

      I met a fellow journalist who said he has about a six month delay before he writes about his travels. I think I might do the same but write a few things here and there just to keep things interesting.

      I’m very excited about Saigon. Thanks for the read!

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