I’ve been in Thailand for just about 30 days. As my 30-day tourist visa nears expiration, all I can think is 30 just isn’t enough.

Six months ago and I’d have thought 30 would be good enough, and a full year ago, a 30-day trip in a single country would’ve seemed like a lifetime. In Thailand, I’ve hardly seen anything in 30 days. Yes, I’m moving slowly and I spent a fair amount of time catching up on some online stuff I’d avoided for a while. But still. I would’ve had to run from city to city to get to all the places I’d originally hoped to see. And while two or three days in a city might seem like enough, I can’t imagine only three nights in Bangkok.

And yet, I know I’m spoiled. At the very beginning of my trip, I cut short my time in Morocco for the sake of staying in Spain an extra week or two. I ended up with only 10 days in Morocco. Ten days, three cities. I’m pretty sure I spent 10 straight days just in Bangkok this month.

The only reason I’m pointing this out is to emphasize that it’s possible to travel in very different ways. On the same trip even. I’ve had quick trips and slow ones in the past 11 months, and there are benefits for both. Right now, I’m obviously in slooooow mode. Maybe because I’m tired; “traveling” for such a long time can get exhausting.

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