Almost time

Almost time

Although I have been in New Zealand for the past 2 years I have not really thought of it as travel.  Work has had a lot to say about that.  But now I have decided to quit my job, de-clutter my life and head off to Southeast Asia with nothing more than the bag on my back.

Why now at the age of 29?

Am I just bored with the same mundane Monday to Friday work? Maybe I’ve realized that I’m 30 soon and there’s so much I haven’t seen or done?  Whatever the reason, I feel as if I need a change and what a better way to do that than heading off to the unknown, putting myself out of my comfort zone and experience the world.  You never know, maybe I will find my true calling, but for now I am just going to focus on the travels and adventures ahead.

Why Southeast Asia?

I chose to go here for a few different reasons. One being I can travel for an extended period of time as your money tends to go further than it would it the Western world.  And two, I will have the opportunity to visit multiple countries.  Each having its own culture, cuisines and unique charm. I want to gain an insight into the way of everyday life in this part of the world.

Planning

I have a Lonely Planet guide book on the entire Southeast Asia.  This is a great resource of information, but to be honest, I have not planned all that much. I have booked flights and the first few nights accommodation.  The last thing I will want to do after a 15 hour flight will be to look for somewhere to spend the night.  Agoda, being my app of choice, is great for finding hotels and hostels in Southeast Asia. Obviously I have looked into some of the main sights I would like to see, but I don’t want to be stuck to an itinerary.  I want to do things at a pace I’m comfortable with.

Budget

I have searched the internet over and over to try to figure out a budget. Roughly $50USD a day seems to be the general consensus but to be honest, I don’t have a clue.  I’m not going to try to get by on the bare minimum each day. I have worked hard and deserve to enjoy my travel, so I’m not going to get the cheapest accommodation, not have a few beers with dinner or miss out on some tour. Time will tell and I will shed some more light on this subject in the future.

Should you get travel insurance?

In a nut shell…. Yes!  You just never know what could happen. It’s more than just medical though. What if your flights get cancelled, something happens to that nice new camera you just bought or your luggage goes missing?  Getting insurance is a small price to pay in case “shit happens”.

 

All in all there are still many things I don’t know, but that’s the point isn’t it?

I leave New Zealand in a few weeks and hope to give a better insight into each country as I travel.

Until then bon voyage!

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