Another thing that happened since I returned from Asia is that exactly one year later, my brother took off on a similar trip, hitting many of the same countries I did, plus I few I didn’t. He also traveled for more than twice the time I was gone. He didn’t repeat my mistake of foolishly setting an arbitrary mental deadline denoting when the travel should end and the return to the “real world” should begin. (And in case you’re wondering, it’s not the brother that just became a father)
He also started a travel site of his own, the very excellent Visit50.com. As you can see, he learned from my mistake and kept the posts bite sized right from the start. Visit 50 refers to a fun goal we each set a while back, to visit 50 countries and all 50 states by 50 years old (what counts?). After his long trek around Asia and the Middle East, which included lots of SCUBA, lots of camels, and lots of Chinese people, he’s taken a small lead. It’s really not a race, but if it were, he’d need a few more trips like this because he’s a lot closer to 50 than me!