Going Back Home From My Travels

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Tomorrow, I’m going back home from my travels. I’m headed back to Byblos, Lebanon. I don’t know if I told you, but it’s my father’s home, which I consider home too. Going there means seeing a lot of him and a lot of the Mediterranean, both of which make me ecstatic!

Byblos, known as J’bail by the locals, is actually one of the oldest cities in the world. Despite its claim to history, it’s modern facade is hard to ignore. Its streets are full of clubs, bars, and cafes sitting alongside the elegance of castles and churches.

But there’s something I haven’t told you.

I’m not only going to visit my father,

but I’m also going back home from my travels for a little focus.

I’ve been on the road for a long time now, although I wasn’t constantly traveling. I haven’t, however, returned to the U.S. in five years, and I terribly miss it. I may even go back there after seeing my father, since the U.S. is where I spent most of my life.

One of the reasons I’m going back home to Byblos is to think about my future. In case you haven’t read some of my earlier posts, I traveled throughout Asia to places like Myanmar and Hong Kong, and ended up finding an apartment in Chiang Mai.

Several tall highrises in downtown Hong Kong taken from the ground and looking up. The buildings look very modern and the sky bright.
Hong Kong was absolutely captivating. It truly is a marvel in Asia, and I wouldn’t think twice about working there.

I was very motivated to make money online while living in a foreign environment, but something happened today that only reinforced my reason for going back home from my travels.

I visited the house of Jim Thompson in Bangkok.

Aside from the tons of photos which I’ll soon share with you, his life was as much an enigma as his disappearance. The reclusive American lived in a gorgeous house near the National Stadium in Bangkok.

Bangkok's National Stadium area and BTS Station on a sunny day. The BTS trains can be seen passing overhead, and tall buildings, malls, and BTS rails. Last place I visited before going back home from my travel.
Near the National Stadium. I’ve grown to really love Bangkok’s bustle, but I do prefer the quiet, coffee shop culture of Chiang Mai.

Seeing the opulence of his house made me want it too. And I know that as much as the lifestyle on the road is appealing, I won’t lie, I do also value luxury in life. I’d love to live in a house like his, one made of dark teak wood and open to the elements, with its large windows and terraces.

This is where my banking mindset has me a little conflicted. I guess going back home from my travels, at least temporarily, will help me determine what to do next. Do I want to return to banking and pursue my 9-5? I don’t hate it, because it is very rewarding in more ways than one.

But on the other hand, it shackles me into a scheduled lifestyle.

The freedom of not working in a bank is just as alluring, but I feel Jim Thompson’s lifestyle is more elusive if I were to make the choice of staying on the road.

Jim Thompson's house in Bangkok, Thailand. It is set in a lush tropical garden, and is made of ancient Thai wood.
Jim Thompson built a beautiful house set in a lush garden. He mysteriously disappeared in 1967.

I really have a lot to think about. I’ll still be sharing tons of posts, since I’m way, way, way behind on my posts. I have so many countries I’ve visited that I didn’t even write about. But my novel, which is a work in (painful) progress has kept me very busy.

So, by the end of August I should have a clearer idea of where I’ll be headed to next.

Will it be a bank?

Will it be back to Thailand, or elsewhere?

More importantly, I hope the month of August treats you all well. It’s always been my favorite month, and I look forward to spending it on the beach in Byblos. It’s hard to believe this blog is already in its second year–and I look forward to sharing many more stories with you,

And meeting many more of you in person.

How did you feel after going back home from your travels? Did you feel like you wanted to keep going on–or were you glad to stay back home with your friends and family?



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2 comments on “Going Back Home From My Travels

  1. Lebanon versus Thailand
    Hi Bankerinthesun
    I know you have a Lebanese connection from your dad side from reading your blog, I too am conflicted with same mixed background, my dad is Lebanese by mom is French , I left Lebanon in 1972 to USA; but my dad left me an apartment in Beirut before he passed away. I am conflicted whether to keep the apartment and summer in Beirut or sell it and buy a replacement second home in Thailand. I am currently residing full time in Sydney Australia.. Since you and I have similar backgrounds what advise would you give me as far as Thailand versus Lebanon life style for a second home.
    any feedback from you would be greatly appreciated.!!!!
    PS..I love the Mediterranean culture but am open to new experiences, I am single in my late 50th, I am not looking for dating or sex life style, I just want to enjoy nature, walking, hiking and biking, good food, and good weather at reasonable price, for most travelers accommodations is most expensive part of journey, how would you compare lifestyle in Lebanon versus Thailand? if accommodations is not an issue, whether I keep my flat in Beirut or sell it and buy something in Thailand????

    1. Everything in Thailand is built around tourism–so it’s far better geared for enjoying nature, biking, and such. I would recommend you take a trip and check out Bangkok, Chiang Mai, and Krabi/Ao Nang/Phuket. As soon as you get there, you’ll immediately know if it’s the place for you.

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