Last minute mad rush

By on 26th February 2015

The last few days before leaving the UK were incredibly busy for us. We were desperately trying to make sure everything was sorted out in our flat before we left for our travels for the next 10 months. Travelling in your early twenties is made that much easier by not having a mortgage. Having one is a bit of a pain when you want the responsibilities off your shoulders a little bit and disappear to the other side of the world. There is A LOT of paperwork involved. Keep this in mind kids.

In the end we had to get our onward trip from Thailand booked as recent changes to the visa system means that they only grant visitors a 30 day tourist visa and you have to arrive by air and have proof of onward air journey within the 30 days as well. We agonized over this as, just as I am sure many travellers before us, we wanted to go with the flow and perhaps take a train trip to Laos at the end of the Thailand leg of our trip. But according to many sites and official advice an onward train ticket (or bus ticket, boat ticket or any other ticket for that matter) would not have been sufficient. So we bought our flights from Bangkok to Siem Reap in Cambodia, just in case. Better be safe than sorry..



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Our ‘planned’ route

By on 23rd February 2015

So far we haven’t really planned out an exact itinerary.

There are a few reasons for this:

1) I have been too superstitious to do so, I didn’t want to plan everything and then for some reason we would have been unable to go. That would have been disappointing

2) I am usually a very organized person – I always like to know what is going on, when, where and how and my life for the past 10 years has been really structured. For a while now I have been longing for the adventure of new places again, but I am really keen not to over-plan things – I crave spontaneity.

3) Adam does not plan. Full stop.

It frightens me a little bit to not know what is going to happen exactly, how we are getting from place to place , where we are going to sleep, But at the same time that is also what I am looking forward to most.

So our very vague itinerary currently is the following:

  • In Asia we are flying to Thailand and will stay here for a month. Then we will move unto the rest of South-East Asia and visit Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia and Indonesia. We will then return to Thailand for another couple of weeks and then fly home mid-June.
  • We will have 5-6 days in the UK and then we are heading off to Europe – we’d like to visit France, Switzerland, Austria, Hungary, Romania, Croatia and Italy.
  • We will come back to the UK mid-September and then if all goes well we may even then go to the US for autumn. I’d like to go to San Francisco and New York at the very least (and secretly really really want to go to Cuba as well, but Adam will take some convincing still I think 😉 )

This is a list of countries we hope to visit in the next 10 months – routes and itineraries to be made up as we go along 🙂


I have to fit 6 months worth of stuff in that backpack…

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Flights booked!

By on 20th February 2015

Finally everything seems to have fallen into place and we now have our flights and hotel in Thailand booked!

Only 4 days until we fly off from Gatwick Airport to Bangkok. This is going to be my first time in this part of the world and have absolutely no idea what to expect, so I am very excited! Adam has already visited Thailand and Bangkok before, but he is looking forward to returning and showing me around.

So far we have booked a hotel for our first 5 nights in the city. We used to do this, which I think is one of the best hotel comparison sites around at the moment. This was the third time I have booked through them and I think we will be using them a lot throughout our travels in Asia and Europe as the website is so easy to use. They even sent me a Bangkok guide once I finished booking our hotel – it looks really useful as it lists attractions and restaurants that are closest to our hotel.

We still have a lot to do before our flight next Tuesday, we have several lists that we try to work through and tick off each items – so far if an item is ticked off, 2-3 extra things are added, so the lists seem to only get longer and longer! 🙂 But the next important thing to do is to devise our itinerary – I have been too superstitious to do any of this so far. I just wanted to make sure we were good to go before start making big plans!

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Countdown has started

By on 14th February 2015

Well, currently we are about 4-5- weeks behind schedule, i.e. we should have left Blighty around mid-January, but we are still here. Our advice to you: don’t make a major life-event dependent on selling a property. One thing I have learn about England since living here is that there is literally no bureaucracy and everything works like a well-oiled machine… apart from when it comes to selling or buying a house. It is a nightmare and an incredibly frustrating and baffling process.

Finally Adam sold his latest project a week ago, which means we now have the green light to go! We spent the past week getting our flat in order and ready for rental. We now have a couple of very nice people who will be moving into our flat at the end of the month, which is great. We have started emptying out the place – it feels like only yesterday that we were moving everything in! Neither of us have been landlords before so we, perhaps unnecessarily, worry about little things and want to make sure everything is perfect for the people moving in here: we have been emptying, cleaning, sorting, chucking, repainting, replacing, installing, refreshing, updating and leaving sets of instruction behind to make sure everything works well for when we are away on the other side of the world.

Keys to our flat will be handed over to the agent next week, which will mark the start of the official countdown to our flight to Bangkok. Exciting times 🙂

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