On October 23rd, I had originally planned to embark on my 42nd country – Vietnam. However, I encountered a snag at the airport!
In reality, it was my own rookie mistake. I had decided on this trip two months ago, thinking I could use the 20-hour layover to explore Vietnam and visit my good friend. However, I only applied for the electronic visa three days before the trip (which takes 3-15 working days to process, excluding holidays and weekends). I had already booked non-refundable hotels and airport transfers before obtaining the visa! Talk about overconfidence.
I couldn’t accept this information at the airport. I kept checking the visa status, which remained “In Processing.” I was reluctant to pay an extra $200 for a visa on arrival. Despite spending nearly $100 on uncomfortable airport hotels and mediocre food and drinks during the 20-hour layover, I can’t believe and don’t want to forgive myself.
But isn’t life just an experience and a game? Carrying an 8-kilogram backpack, I stumbled down the stairs in the morning with sleepy eyes, landing on my knees. Will I still endure such travel hassles at 50, 60, or 70? I’m still young, and I won’t choose a comfortable, laid-back life. Reflecting on my foolishness and carelessness, I can’t help but smile. After leaving Chiang Mai for three months, I’ll return to Ho Chi Minh City, stay a bit longer, and challenge myself a bit more!