Tomorrow I'll be flying to China for the first time. Ever. It's kind of hard to believe since I am mostly Chinese by blood, but I was born and raised in Canada so I practically fit within the stereotype of a CBC "Chinese born Canadian", or simply put, a banana. I've never set foot in China territory, only heard stories of it from my family and friends (much to my horror unfortunately).
To prepare myself for the culture shock I'm about to experience and ease my travel anxiety, I'll admit that I've been watching a lot of YouTube videos like:
And articles like:
And my favourite,
What are the best travel hacks? on Quora
But as much as I've been planning my trip through Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Hong Kong, I realize that you can't really prepare for the unexpected. The key to happy traveling lies in habitual gratitude, whatever situation you find yourself in. For me, it's time to level up my patience in dealing with big crowds.
So while I am nearly freaking out inside I am equally as excited if not more, despite the 14 hour flight to Shanghai that I'm about to hop on. I'm ready to immerse myself in the food, the culture, the language, and the amazing sights I'm going to see.
Expect to see a lot of Asia stuff and travel stories in the next few weeks on my blog. In the meantime, follow me on Instagram to stay up-to-date with my adventures.
See you on the other side,