The next step on the world tour
This August sees the end of my year long stay in Australia. Together with my girlfriend Laura we’ve had many adventures – which I will blog about in more detail eventually (I promise) – but here’s a condensed list of some highlights for a taster:
- Staying in Sydney’s famous (infamous?) King’s Cross for a couple of weeks partying
- Meeting some amazing members of my family for the first time
- Living and working in Sydney for five months
- Sleeping overnight in Sydney Zoo (legally)
- Buying a car and going on an epic 2-3 month long road trip passing through some amazing and very interesting towns and sights including:
- Coober Peedy (quirky little mining town where we stayed underground)
- Uluru (Ayers Rock)
- Driving along The Great Ocean Road with all its sights and forests.
- And many other small unique towns where we camped out etc.
- New Year’s Eve at Sydney Harbour
- Several ‘help exchanges’ with Australian families
- Coaching a kids basketball team and winning a tournament
- Living and working on a farm in South Australia for three months
So a year on and we have travelled, partied, lived and worked in Australia. We ran out of money, and saved again from zero. This August Laura and I will leave Australia headed for Asia. Asia is kind of a broad term; it can mean anywhere from Iraq to Korea to Indonesia, and while we won’t be venturing quite as far as the ‘middle’ east, we will be exploring quite a few countries on this trip.
The backpackers we have met and spoken to typically head for South East Asia with the likes of Thailand and Vietnam being the priority destinations, usually spending anywhere from a month to three months doing their thing. This was our original plan, but then we went and put that idea on steroids.
So anyway, this is our work in progress itinerary that will be officially starting in August.
- Bali (Ubud: resort rest, monkey sanctuary, meditation retreat)
- Komodo & Rinca Islands (Trying to spot the prehistoric Komodo dragons in the wild)
- Spotting the world’s biggest flower that is only in season two weeks of the year.
- Three day river cruise spotting all sorts of wildlife from monkeys to orang-utans.
- Four days in an ancient tropical rainforest (Danum Valley). Potential to see all kinds of rare wildlife. The world’s oldest rainforest at 130million years old.
- Spending eight weeks in Northern India
- Taj Mahal
- Spending several weeks in an Ashram practising meditation, yoga & doing volunteer work
- A short week stay in the big city of Singapore.
- Around 6 – 8 weeks
- A month of action packed sights up and down Vietnam
- Around a month
- A month again
A lot of the countries aren’t fully researched and planned yet so there aren’t a lot of details but this will come in time and we can plan while we are on the trip. We’re trying for at least a month in most of them (with a couple being less and an odd one being more).
At this point it tallies up at around an eight month trip. It’s going to be a big culture shock – followed by another big culture shock and another and another, in each new country until we’re finished. It’s going to be interesting!