Planning my adventure – Part 2

The plan is going very well. I still have a month left before leaving to Thailand. However, there are several things that I have to keep in mind before starting the trip. Later I will be publishing some posts with some links to websites and other interesting blogs from other travelers that were very useful for me while I was planning my trip.

Among all the things left to be done, I had lots of doubts going around in my head and lots of things still remaining to be done, before departure. Somewhat some of the were too difficult to be solved because among my friends, many of them had gone backpacking to Europe, but none of them had go before to Southeast Asia, so I had no one nearby to get my questions solved or ask for opinions.

The questions were as follows:

  • Thai Visa for Mexican
  • Which type of suitcase is most appropriate and what should I pack?
  • How to set up a travel medicine cabinet?
  • How much time will I travel and what budget will I set?

The most important thing is to decide the type of trip you will be doing and the time that you want to be traveling, because the answer to those questions depend on it. I confess that I have no traveling plan defined yet the only thing I know is that I am traveling to Thailand to volunteer there for one month. I do not have planned my schedule yet, or how long I will stay in the country, or whether if I am going to leave the country and then enter again; nor which countries I will be visiting and for how long; so I don’t have any idea of the best route to follow during my trip. That leads you to make lots of mistakes during your trip, but also helps you to learn from them over as time pass by and on the go.

What I did decided was, that I was going on a trip backpacking on my own, and traveling alone through Southeast Asia and that my trip will be starting in Bangkok, the capital and one of the main cities of Thailand. I did not know how much money I will be spending, but I would try to travel in low budget and cheap as possible. That way I can make the money yield as much as I can, with that I can be able to travel around the country and then move to neighboring countries.  The only thing I had in my mind was that in Thailand, at least I would stay for one or two months and that my whole trip through Southeast Asia will be about three to four months.

There are some important considerations specially when traveling for a long time in a foreigner country or if you plan to travel and move also between countries and cities. Before you decide to leave, is important for you to review all the visa requirements and consider this in your budget and travelling plans, it can save you time and headaches.


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Planning my adventure – Part 1

As I mentioned it in the previous post “How everything started?” I bought my flight to Bangkok, one way.tailandia-vuelos





The next day I had thousand of doubts about how I will do the trip ? I discovered a web page through a friend called, and I always wanted to do an international volunteering, so I decided to apply to two of the hosts they have in the webpage so I could be able to do it, however, I had a flight ticket to Thailand but no confirmation at all for the volunteering…

I decided to apply for volunteering in Thailand because for me it represented the best way to travel and it will give me the great opportunity to get to know the country, the culture, its people and traditions in a real and genuine way. On the one hand I would volunteer to work for about 4-5 days in a hostel and take the opportunity to get to know the city, and then move to a foundation to give English classes to children, a unique and unforgettable experience in a new country.

After a lot of uncertainty, waiting for two long weeks with back-and-forth mails and messages between the hosts and me, telling them the reasons why I wanted to volunteer with them… Finally, I received the acceptance and confirmation form for my volunteering; and that is how everything started, the beginning of one of my greatest adventures through Southeast Asia, a journey that would change and transform my life forever.


With these confirmations in my hands there was no turning back… I could not believe it, happiness and joy filled my whole body, the confirmation of my stays in that distant and wonderful country. I’m going to Thailand, my dream came true!!

  1. Volunteering internationally teaching english classes to children.
  2. Go to Thailand and Angkorwat in Cambodia (the neighboring country).

Now, here comes the interesting part of my intenational trip: the suitcase, the travel itinerary, the requirements and documents to be able to travel, anyway … do not miss the next entries where I will tell you a little more about those issues and my own experiences during the process.

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How everything started?


Ever since I was a little girl, I had in mind that I wanted to volunteer, and that it would be better if it could be an international volunteering, because that will allow me to get to know the local people of the country at destination, as well as their culture and traditions; while I travel for a long period of time outside my country.

They say that every dream begins with an idea; sometimes that idea seems so crazy that we believe it is “impossible” to come true. We fear of what others will say or think, fear of failure, fear of the unknown so we paralyze without acting, neither forward nor backwards, only standing there just watching our life going by without deciding to take part.

Today I want to tell you a little about my experience, how I encouraged myself to face my own fears, to take the reins of my life and finally decided to make my dream come true, go to Thailand and Angkor Wat in Cambodia. All my life I had dreamed of being able to do it, but I could’t find the way. Among my fears and taboos was the thought that “traveling was expensive, almost impossible,” especially when I was looking to be away outside my country for more than a month visiting different countries. I have many friends who have gone backpacking to Europe, but few or none who have done so to Southeast Asia.

After almost five years i finishished college and worked in large corporations, with a stable job, well paid and what anyone would like to have, I felt tired and needed a change. It was then that the unexpected happened and by the end of May of this year 2016 I was without work and with the idea of not knowing what I wanted to do with my life, or where to look.

Talking to a great friend of mine, who has always been an inspiration to me, for everything he has achieved professionally and because we share many things in common, both focused on social and environmental issues. One day while we were drinking a glass of wine and talking about life, he said to me: If you have the desire to make that trip, why keep postponing it, especially now that you have what you need “money + time”, it is usually very difficult these two variables are fulfilled at the same time, and life is giving you this great opportunity that you cannot miss. You must do today what you can, you don’t know if tomorrow you will be able to. His words echoed so loudly in my ears and in my head that I promised to him “that night I would go back home and buy my one-way ticket plane to Thailand, no return.

This is how everything started, my adventure of going backpacking and travel to Southeast Asia. I didn’t have clear how my trip and my plans were going to be there, but one thing was for sure, I will do everything in my hands to stay there for a long amount of time: traveling, working, and/or volunteering. Now all I have is a one-way flight to Bangkok, the capital of Thailand but no return ticket.

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A dream come true!

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Quote – “Take the challenge! Do not stay with the desire to know what would happen, get out, live, take the chances, because  if success can be enjoyed, then lessons are learned from mistakes.”

A dream begins as an idea, until we take the first steps to make it come true. It takes time, sometimes more than expected, also frustrations, however, in the end we get invaded by immense joy when we can finally see that dream realized.

I had made a lot of mistakes throughout my life, but I have also acquired great learnings from each of them. Today I can say that I am not the same person I used to be some months ago, and that every situation I face is a challenge that changes me more and more every day. The road is not easy, but it becomes interesting when I try to enjoy every moment and every second.

If you ask me today, I would definitely do some things different, in the end everything is experience & learning; that changed me and transformed me deeply. I am thankful for the opportunity I have, doing what I love the most, what I am most passionate about that brings happiness and joy to my life: traveling, writing and taking photos.

Here in this blog I can share with you about my experiences during the trips I had done , the countries I have traveled, even the most incredible destinations in my own country that I love (Mexico), and the countries that I haven’t visited yet, but are in my great list of “things to do”, talk about my experiences and give travel advices to those who ask for it.

The best thing about all my travels and what I enjoy the most is the people I met and with whom I share every experience, every moment and every adventure, they evoke the deepest and most sincere feelings about the places and countries I visit, transforming them into extraordinary memories .

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High hopes – Kodaline

This is about when we want to keep moving forward but… memories and strong feelings would just keep holding us back… we so called it “HOPE”

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How I Wish You Were Here…

I Wish You Were Here!

I never realized, how much I miss you, until time keep passing by & the silence filled in minutes, hours, days, weeks & months. It’s hard not miss you after so many years of friendship, experiences, words said and not said, moments, all of them so deep in my memory and thoughts. Only time will ease my mind, my thoughts, the sleepless nights through this rough times. I wish I could hear your voice, see you again, watch your eyes for only a moment… Just one more time hear you calling my name. Sweet memories, thanks for everything we’ve been through, because now you and I, we are not the same we used to be before, now we are stronger, we’ve learned a lot from each other, thanks for being my master, my mirror and my partner in crime; leasons have been learned and now is time to move on and keep going.

You are a wonderful person, but sometimes, people don’t get along together, so thanks for all the time, the moments and everything you showed me; my lover, my friend, my master, my partner in crime, my everything. I will miss you but whish to you the best for life, and hope one day our roads will cross again, keep within my soul the greatest and happier memories. Love you so much with all my being. (A.M.O)



We need to remember to ourselves that “there is magic and perfection in the imperfection”.  Dreams are what keeps us going and moving on toward our goals… thanks for being my inspiration, and I still… Wish You Were Here.


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Las cosas buenas les llegan a aquellos que saben esperar



Las cosas buenas les llegan a aquellos que saben esperar

Paciencia, otra vez esa palabra. El que espera, desespera y se confunde. Sobre todo cuando nos topamos con la incertidumbre de no saber cuándo va a llegar lo que anhelamos.

No te canses de esperar. La recompensa espera que tengas paciencia.

Sin embargo, la paciencia es algo más que la espera, es la expectativa calmada, es una especie de pausa en nuestro anhelo. La paciencia no nos adormece, se impone a la angustia y nos despierta.

La paciencia es amarga pero sus frutos son dulces

Nos cuesta entenderlo pero la paciencia no es cargar y aguantar hasta no poder más y explotar. Ella es un arte, un arte que se hace responsable de liberarnos de las cargas emocionales innecesarias para mantener nuestro estado de paz.

Si eres paciente en un momento de ira, escaparás a cien días de tristeza

Las filosofías orientales nos hablan del don de la paciencia como si fuese una fuerza que nuestra mente emplea para decirle al resto del cuerpo que todo llegará.

Y es que las cosas más bellas del mundo requieren de paciencia para recubrirse de un halo de entusiasmo e ilusión. Un amor complicado, una persona casi inaccesible, una preparación física, una oposición; en definitiva, cualquier meta y cualquier logro que nos planteemos.

El que espera y no desespera encuentra lo inesperado

Frecuentemente, creemos que la vida nos dice “No”, cuando en realidad solo nos está diciendo “espera”. Nos impacientamos y, como consecuencia, nuestro nerviosismo nos hace cometer errores.

A veces sentimos que nos cansamos, que nuestros amigos, nuestra pareja o nuestras expectativas nos exasperan, que no llega nada de lo que pretendemos crear y que la vida no está hecha para nosotros.

La paciencia, una reina destronada por la velocidad

El secreto de la paciencia es recordar que el dolor es temporal y la recompensa es eterna.

El que aguanta, gana. Sin embargo, a juzgar por el interés que le ponemos a cultivar y a trabajar este don, la paciencia es una reina destronada. Se nos enseña a ser los primeros en todo, a ganar a los que tenemos al lado, a correr… Y ya está.

Si te tomas las cosas con paciencia, no vales, te dejan fuera de juego. Sin embargo, lo cierto es que cualquier éxito requiere tiempo y paciencia, y esos son los únicos instrumentos que nos garantizan alcanzar una destreza.


Trabajar la paciencia para conocerse a uno mismo

Comprenderse a uno mismo requiere paciencia, tolerancia en el darse cuenta; el Yo es un libro de muchos capítulos que no puede leerse en un solo día. Sin embargo, cuando empieces a leerlo, debes leer cada palabra, cada frase y cada párrafo, porque en ellos hay indicios de la totalidad. El principio es en sí mismo el final. Si sabes leer, podrás encontrar la suprema sabiduría.
Jiddu Krishnamurti

Los grandes sabios son personas calmadas, pacientes y seguras de sí mismas. Eso nos da la pista de que ser pacientes nos ayudará a contemplar el mundo con mayor entendimiento y sensatez.

Cuando no trabajamos en el don de la paciencia, nos comportamos de manera impulsiva e irreflexiva, creando o agravando nuestros problemas y dejando escapar multitud de oportunidades.

En realidad, para cultivar tu paciencia necesitas más bien poco pero, sobre todo, son claves que están al alcance de tu mano. Te las comentamos brevemente…

1. Respira

Respirar profundamente siempre es un buen recurso, pues nos ayuda a reflexionar. Cuando nos tomamos unos segundos para respirar estamos, de alguna forma, ofreciendo una pausa a nuestro diálogo interno.

2. Descubre por qué tienes tanta prisa

Reflexiona sobre las razones que te están impacientando. Si exageras, reorganiza tus prioridades. Pensar sobre ello e incluso escribirlo te ayudará a calmarte.

3. Identifica lo que habitualmente te genera impaciencia

Pueden ser otras personas, situaciones estresantes o tú mismo. Sin embargo, el simple hecho de ser consciente de esto te ayudará a disminuir la ansiedad.

4. ¿Tu paciencia es útil o está justificada?

Responderte de manera sincera a esta pregunta fomentará la calma. Busca los patrones y considera sin miedo la posibilidad de dejar ir lo que no te está haciendo bien.

5. Tómate tu tiempo y espera lo inesperado

Tienes que entender que podemos hacer miles de planes pero las cosas no siempre salen como lo deseamos. Acepta que la vida gira y nos da cientos de vueltas hasta acabar donde deseamos. Sé realista en tus expectativas y comprende a los demás.

6. No tengas miedo de cambiar y no te olvides de ensayar

La práctica hace al maestro. Desarrollar la paciencia implica dejar atrás malos hábitos con los que llevamos conviviendo mucho tiempo. Así que, como cualquier aprendizaje, cultivar este don requiere templanza.


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