DSC_0101Well, January has been a month of polar opposites.  I began the near year on Koh Phangan for the New Years Eve celebrations, which I would definitely not go back to.  I was only supposed to stay there a couple days, but found myself trapped on the amazing island full of nothing but the best music and best vibes.  I met some awesome people at Echo Beach Backpacker’s Hostel, and just couldn’t leave.  Until, I finally found my way over to Koh Samui for a few days to meet up with a buddy I met back in January at Wonderfruit.  After a lack of sleep, an exhausted body, and with my last semester of Grad School beginning, I decided I need to start 2015 with a proper detox.

The majority of January I have spent in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, which is officially my “home-base” while living and traveling in South-East Asia.  Too be completely honest, after a very hectic fall semester, balancing my studies, my travels, and starting to blog, I found myself physically drained.  I forgot what it was like to stay in one place for more than a week.  I actually don’t think I did that since Sri Lanka, where I actually started my blog, and met some of the coolest people in Arugam Bay.

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I know this might sound weird, as I call myself a nomad, long term traveler, and backpacker; but I’ve kind of missed having a home.  2014, has amazing as it was, was truly crazy.  So much fun, packed into one little year.  And I’ve barely had anytime to even sit down, relax, and truly process how much I’ve done.  This is why I’ve called Kuala Lumpur my new home in Asia.

Anyways, besides starting out the month in Koh Phangan, I also went back to Bangkok for a week to visit a buddy I worked with out in Italy.  His parents graciously gave him a pimp ass timeshare that I got crash at for free : ).  That week was truly one amazing.  It definitely showed me a brand new side of Bangkok.  I know of a few backpackers who don’t like Bangkok; they don’t know what they are talking about.  The Big Mango has so much to offer, and I could easily see myself moving back there in the future.

After my time in Bangkok, I thought about possibly heading up North to Chiang Mai and Pai, but I really needed to get back to Kuala Lumpur for some more time to chill and work on homework.  Yeah, I have so much school work to work.  Especially since I’m going to Hong Kong in a couple weeks, and won’t want to be working too much on my thesis paper there.  I’m enjoying my time off the road for now, but soon enough will be adding much more travels to agenda.  Right now, I’m just focused on finishing school, writing my thesis paper, and starting out 2015 in a healthy way.

Where:  

January 1- 5 – Koh Phangan, Thailand

January 6-8 – Koh Samui, Thailand

January 9 – 11 – Penang, Malaysia

January 12-21 – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

January 22- 28 – Bangkok, Thailand

January 29-31 – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Blog Posts Written This Month:

Due to a lot of different things, I was not able to focus on my blog too much during January.  The second day I got back to KL my hard drive crashed, and after many trips to Low Yat Plaza, I was finally able to get it back up.  It was a stressful time, but I got through it.  I’ve also been in the process of re-designing my blog, because I wasn’t really happy with the look of my old blog.  But I’m really liking how my blog looks now, don’t you?

2014:  The Best Year Of My Life

3 Reasons I’ll Never Return to Koh Phangan for NYE

Favorite Instagram:

This was taken during my day trip to Ayutthaya, Thailand.  I was playing around with my new camera, and really liked how this shot came out.  I loved the ruins of the ancient city, and I love coconuts.

Nothing hits the spot more than a fresh coconut on a humid day in Thailand.

A photo posted by Dave ~ Jones Around the World (@jonesaroundtheworld) on

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