I’m pretty certain over the last few months I’ve let the cat out of the bag that I’m going to travel Southeast Asia. Since finishing University (for the second time) I have fantasised about pristine beaches,
glorious weather, cultured environments and the freedom to explore. Yet now, I
am finally turning those fantasies into my reality. I have always loved
travelling to places away from home whether that be Holidays abroad, camping or
just days out and I’m ready to let my compulsion to be away from home freely take over me. Although I’ve studied very hard to achieve my profession – and I’m
very happy in the role I do – there’s a very large void in my life that is yet
to be met. Adventure.
changed my outlook on life completely. I’ve never felt truly fulfilled with my
life, always seeking more freedom and adventure but not being enough of a risk
taker to do it. Who knew that all it would take was another person to push me
and take my crazy dreams and ideas so seriously that they would want to chase
them with me. Encouragement is one of the best things a person can give to you,
and my other half has certainly invigorated me to take more risks, push myself
out of my comfort zone and do the things some people only dream about. That is
why in November 2016 we are taking a one-way flight to Bangkok with only a
backpack and each other to fulfill our dreams and make memories that will never
be forgotten. I’m terrified, but more importantly, the most excited I’ve ever
been in my life!
especially for someone like myself who finds risk taking intensely intimidating.
I’ve taken to the Internet to research everything there is to know about
backpacking in Southeast Asia. I’ve found it particularly useful to read other
bloggers perspectives on backpacking and their personal experiences of
Southeast Asia. Its four months until me and my partner go on our way to
adventure but I thought it would be useful to share my planning process so far.
This might be helpful for anyone that is thinking of travelling or are in the
early stages of planning for a backpacking trip.
Choosing your Destination
photographs of an old school friend or relative who is travelling the world?
This happens to me on a regular basis and it has been the substance of my lust
for travelling Southeast Asia. After speaking with numerous old friends,
acquaintances from University, family and fellow bloggers, I’ve established
that Southeast Asia will be a perfect destination for my partner and me. There
are plenty of sightseeing opportunities, amazing beaches, a plethora of
accommodation, accessible travel options and it seems a very
friendly/supportive place for first time travellers. I’m not going to Southeast
Asia because ‘everybody goes there’ and I’m certainly not interested in solely
following the typical backpacker routes. However, I won’t deny that I’ve been
stimulated by Southeast Asia’s hospitality towards backpackers and it’s attractive
low budget possibilities. We have chosen a destination that is appropriate for our budget so that we can live quite comfortably without sacrificing adventure. In Southeast Asia you can live, eat and travel for a fraction of the price that it costs in the UK, leaving us with plenty of spending money to explore and make memories.
Booking a Flight