An Epic Farewell to Asia

Life has been crazy lately, personally, professionally and passionately crazy.  In no small part due to the fact that I’m moving out of Korea in March 2017!  I’ve got a tentative arrival planned for Europe months later but regardless of where I end up I’ll likely be saying goodbye to Asia, my home for the last 3 years.

Rickshaw Run logo designed by Jonathan Gregory, November 2006.

Rickshaw Run logo designed by Jonathan Gregory, November 2006.

Before actually bidding adieu to this continent I’ll embark on the most epic road trip I’ve ever conceived and what better way to kick off an adventure of this magnitude with the Adventurist’s Rickshaw Run?  Rather than explain this 3000 km journey through India its easier to just show you this video.

My Seoul buddy, Joe, first told me about the Rickshaw run on a night out in Hongdae.  I was instantly interested but didn’t solidify my plans to go until we had some time to hash out some details on Muuido Island.  We’re still finalizing our team and choosing a charity but are excited to venture from Jaipur all the way south to Kerala in glorified lawnmowers!


This is our crew: 2 Rickshaws, 2 Aussies, 2 Americans and 2 Kiwis!  We are going for a Pirate Theme and hope to have the rickshaws painted like boats.

Rickshaw 1: Morning Glory

Me – “You guys realize we won’t be able to communicate in GIFs once we are in India”
Joe – “Only weirdos would pay money to drive rickshaws through India.”
Ben – “Woah woah woah I ain’t no weirdo… Naaaah who am I kidding, I’m full on loco ese… I wonder what kind of fireworks they have in India”

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Rickshaw 2: Afternoon Delight

Sarah – “Nah Ming can do that…”
Ming –  “🌶🌶 start with vindaloo or work your way up?”
Tristan – “He just needs to ask his girlfriend first”


Let me know if you have any tips for our trip or happen to know someone or a company who wants to sponsor our venture with camera gear or a donation to a local Indian charity (I’m pulling for a children’s or educational charity but we haven’t picked one yet and the Adventurists might actually choose for us)

Cover Shot

After the Rickshaw Run I’ll start an indefinite backpacking trip.  My goal is to stick to land crossings as I head north to Nepal for some Himalayan trekking before making my way to Myanmar.  From there I’ll continue east through Laos to Vietnam.  I have high hopes of making it to Vietnam before the rainy season and buying a motorcycle in Hanoi.  The drive south to Ho Chi Minh City is roughly a thousand miles but I’ll make it longer by exploring every nook and cranny along the way.

7 Sunset Lanterns

After that the plan gets a little hazier.  I will undoubtedly want to keep traveling to Cambodia and Thailand and perhaps this blog will help make that possible.  Alternatively I head back to the classroom and put this masters degree to use by following my other dream of teaching in Europe.  That could mean spending the summer in Germany, Spain or some other Mediterranean paradise while looking for a teaching job starting Sept. 2017.  That also could mean visiting the states.

Ulleungdo Sunset

Part of what makes this trip so exciting is the whole not knowing aspect.  I’m going with a very open ended vision and a rough plan to see a few highlights in each country but will be letting the excursion evolve as it develops.  Comment below with suggestions for any part of the journey and don’t forget to subscribe for updates as the adventure unfolds!

 

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Mike is a travel enthusiast, photographer and teacher. He loves adventure travel, meeting the locals and exploring new culture. As an outdoor enthusiast you can often find him hiking mountains or exploring forests trying to capture the beauty of mother nature. In 2013 he founded www.LiveTravelTeach.com as he left his home in America and has been teaching or traveling around the world ever since!

37 thoughts on “An Epic Farewell to Asia

  1. I have friends in Berlin (roughly your age) who could help you get set up. Their English is superb, and their knowledge vast; everything from the education field, and real estate, to there best clubs, bars and restaurants.

    1. Thanks Peter! I’ll definitely be in touch wherever I end up and Berlin is high on my list. But I just got word of an amazing school in Singapore that it would be hard to decline an offer at. So many choices!

    1. Berlin is high on my list. Right now I’m debating between Germany or Spain in Europe or maybe moving to Singapore even. So many choices!

  2. That Rickshaw Run looks an amazing trip . Although I wouldn’t be too fussed about driving in India at night. Do they have some of the most dangerous roads in the world? Anyway, enough of my encouragement it does look a great adventure.

    1. Mel and Marcus,
      Yeah they have some pretty dangerous roads. We’ve already discussed it and we are going to do everything possible not to drive at night!
      Thanks for reading 🙂

  3. The Rickshaw Run is indeed amazing. Being an Indian, I can imagine how difficult it would have been for you. The roads, the food, the network… the list goes on. But the people are amazing, warm and helpful. 🙂
    All the best for your plans. I have volunteered in Cambodia and am thinking of a new country to do for a few months. Germany is a nice place to go.

  4. Sounds like a plan, Mike! I absolutely agree that this is an epic farewell and exploring Asia. I love the idea of the Rickshaw run. I hope all goes well with your adventure. Keep us posted. 🙂

  5. Ok, so the Rickshaw Run is seriously the best road trip idea ever. I love everything about it, from the journey to the charity aspect. I hope you have an epics (and safe) adventure! Being a road trip lover, but also being Canadian, my personal road worthiness would probably end in disaster on the roads of India, but I am excited to hear more about it as you go! Best of luck!!

  6. This sounds like a lot of fun, I’d love to some crazy adventure like this! I’d research the city you want to live in Spain beforehand. The climate is quite different depending on the place. I live in Barcelona right now and I’m not the biggest fan of it here!

  7. Well I really hope you make it to Thailand and Cambodia because they’re both awesome countries. Great people, food, and of course so many interesting and historical sites. Can’t wait to read more about your adventures as they progress!

  8. As someone who’s roadtripped in India quite a bit, you’re in for one hell of ride. I truly beleive that roadtripping is the best way to travel India.

    Good luck with the Rickshaw run! And gimme a shout if you need some advice on route planning!

    1. Scandinavia is still a beautiful destination! I just might get in touch. I’ve thought about how amazing all the winter landscapes are there, especially with the aurora!

  9. That rickshaw ride looks CRAZY… and super cool! You have some great plans ahead. Good luck with them. So after living three years in Asia, what would you say you will miss the most?

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