all the preparation's done, I've got all the random stuff I need, just to see my mates and family one last time before I leave!
19.08.2011 - 19.08.2011
Captain's log. Stardate friday 19th August 2011. Lunch time.
Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its five-year mission: to explore strange new worlds; to seek out new life and new civilisations; to boldly go where no man has gone before.
As most of you know already, I'm about to embark on a long journey!
Having spent the past 19 years of my life in full time education, I have now graduated from uni and am taking advantage of this opportunity to travel the world a bit before I get tied down by having a career and family etc. (A.K.A. growing up). I've been dreaming of this trip since I was in sixth form, and have been saving up for the past 5-odd years.
Leaving on tuesday 23rd August, I start out by flying to Bangkok (stopping off in Mumbai). From here I'm spending six months travelling around South East Asia on a very long, and well deserved, holiday! I'm trying not to plan the trip too much, as the whole point of doing it is to be able to take each day as it comes. However, at the moment I've got a brieft idea of the route I'd like to take. I'll spend a few days in Bangkok, before going down to the islands and beaches of Thailand. After spending some time island hopping, I'd like to go down through Malaysia. After Malaysia, I've got a couple of options, and I'll just do whatever I feel like doing at the time:
- I could go back up Malaysia on a different route to the southwards one I took, before going back through Thailand, and spending up to a month in Cambodia, then a month travelling through Vietnam, before going through Laos and then seeing the North of Thailand.
- I could go down through Singapore, and explore a bit of Indonesia, then fly on to the Phillipines and then Vietnam.
But to be honest, anything could happen at any point along the way and completely change my plans anyway...
I may also make the most of my 60-day Thai visa and see a bit of northern Thailand at the beginning, before making my way down to the islands...
After those six months, on the 23rd February, I am flying on to the Gold Coast in Australia, where I will arrive penniless with a 12 month working holiday visa. At this point, I'll need to find some sort of work to keep me going! I plan to travel and work around Australia for anything up to two years, before doing the same in New Zealand (which I am looking forward to the most, and will be the peak of my trip!).
You may have noticed that unless something goes wrong and I have to come back in a hurry, I'll be gone for a long time! So I've set up this blog to keep you all up to date with my travels, but also so that you can all keep in touch with me! I'll be adding blog entries and photo albums along the way, and you should all be able to comment on them so make sure you do!
I'll hopefully be aquiring local sim cards to put into my phone along the way, and will be posting my current number on here in a new blog entry - just in case any of you miss me so much you want to call and hear my voice (Mum).
Also, I'll be updating my "travel map" on this page along the way, so you can see where I've been and where I'm going next.
So, wish me luck!
I love you all and will miss everyone back home, so stay in touch!!! You should all have my e-mail address and/or my facebook page, and I have no doubts that I'll be able to find an internet cafe almost everywhere I go.