Tuesday, 23 July 2013

The next adventure.....

Hi Again,

It's been a while since I got back from India and updated this blog, however, I'm about to embark upon my next trip so I'm starting again! The next one is a big'un and I'm super super excited. My boyfriend Rob and I are off to Asia on Thursday for the next five months!!!

We fly to Tokyo on Thursday and from there we are hoping to explore the rest of Japan and then move on to China and Hong Kong, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and finally Singapore. Obviously a trip this big has taken a fair amount of planning (and saving!!). Just to give you all a brief overview, we booked our flights through Travelnation, who are specialists in backpacking trips. We opted to book the majority of our flights initially in order to save on costs and be able to budget accordingly. We're flying to Japan, then onto China, onto Vietnam and home from Singapore. We felt that this gave us the opportunity to be really flexible when exploring SE Asia and we're planning on making the trip from Vietnam to Singapore mostly overland. This will hopefully both save money and allow us to explore more of each country with a large amount of freedom!

It would have made it much cheaper and easier to skip Japan and China and stick to largely SE Asia which is a much more popular backpacking route, however we've both always wanted to go to these countries so we've stretched our budget, and our time allowance to fit them both in. Our accommodation in Japan is mostly booked- a combination of hostels and traditional guesthouses- and we've both purchased a Japan Rail Pass based on the recommendation of various travel sites. In China, due to the vast size of the country and the significant language and cultural barriers, we decided to book ourselves onto a guided tour (http://www.gadventures.com/trips/china-on-a-shoestring-beijing-to-hong-kong/ACRG/2013/). After that, we've not booked anything really and will just do it all on the road!!

I can't believe that we jet off in two days time, and I'm equally excited and nervous. I don't think I'm a typical backpacker - I love my creature comforts and packing my life into a rucksack for the next four months was an incredibly daunting prospect. I know I've probably packed too much but I'm going to spend the next 24 hours trying to cull it down as much as possible....

I'm going to try and update this blog as often as possible, but for now, wish us luck! Here are some pictures of all the things I'm hoping to see over the coming months and of course many more...........

Mount Fuji, Japan

Great Wall of China

Big Buddha, Hong Kong

Halong Bay, Vietnam

Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Golden Temple, Bangkok

Kuala Lumpur Skyline, Malaysia

Gili Islands, Indonesia


1 comment:

  1. Have a fantastic time, Rebecca & Rob, we will follow your blog with interest. Mum & Adam. Xxx