Month 4: Travel Summary and Statistics


white beach boracay

Month four was the best month of my trip so far.

Am I going to be saying this every month? I feel like I’m starting to spot a pattern.

I’ve never felt so happy and relaxed before in my life. I got to meet some amazing people and do some amazing things.

After spending weeks and weeks doing absolutely nothing in Seoul but going to coffee shops and hanging out in bars, it was time for me to start travelling again, so I headed off to Hong Kong.

I stupidly booked my flight so that I would arrive in town the day before Halloween, and it was impossible to find any kind of accommodation for the dates that I needed. After tweeting in frustration about my plans to sleep on the streets for a week, I received a message from a girl from Twitter, Ally, offering me a place to stay. I love Twitter.

I found Hong Kong to be a little boring, but I still had lots of fun drinking cider with Ally and her flatmate while we watched scary movies and poured nail polish into bowls of water. I also managed to catch up with two girls I lived with in my first year at uni, who I hadn’t seen in over five years. I also much preferred it to China!

Hong Kong The Peak at night

As I was planning my next move, I decided to check all of the flights leaving Hong Kong to see if there were any places that were really cheap to fly to at the moment.

Although somewhat tempted by flights back to China (what was I thinking?!) or ones to Vietnam, I then managed to stumble across a £30 flight to the Philippines. I booked it without knowing a single thing about the country…

It turned out to be one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.

boats on boracay philippines

It was there that I found possibly the most perfect beach ever.

Boracay was ridiculously touristy but I couldn’t get enough of it. I met the most amazing four girls there and we had the best time together. During the day we rented quad bikes and explored the island. Our evenings were spent going to bars, chasing enormous rats out of our room, witnessing someone being hit on the head with a penis, and lots of midnight swimming in the sea.

One by one, members of the gang slowly drifted away as we island-hopped our way around the Philippines.

Kayangan Lake in Coron

At the end of my time in the country, I had about five hundred different options to choose from. I considered going to Malaysia, Indonesia or Vietnam…

And then I ended up in Thailand. 

I spent a wild couple of days in Bangkok where I was chatted up by a member of the New Zealand rugby team and was violated during a traumatising massage. Fun times. I soon sped up to Chiang Mai where I could maybe possibly be staying for quite a while.

Am I being deliberately vague? Probably. Life is definitely interesting right now.

So onto my statistics for the month!

***

Distance travelled: 7464km.

Countries visited: 4

South Korea, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Thailand

Cities Visited: 9

Seoul, Hong Kong, Boracay, Cebu, Bohol, Coron, Manila, Bangkok, Chiang Mai

Number of photos taken: 2573

Number of flights: 9

Money spent:

South Korea: £121.94 over 12 days = £10.16 a day

Hong Kong: £94.48 over 5 days = £18.90 a day

The Philippines: £275.12 over 11 days = £25.01 a day

Thailand: £70.62 over 3 days = £23.54 a day

Miscellaneous: £232.24 for flights

Total amount: £794.40

The next month:

For once I have absolutely no idea. We’ll see what happens…

Looking to follow along with my travels through my monthly summaries? You can read the previous month’s summary here, the next month’s summary here, or head on over to the monthly summary page to read from the very beginning!

37 Comments

  1. Maggie
    November 19, 2011
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    I’m glad you had such a great month. I’d love to go to the Philippines and am so envious of that amazing beach!

    • November 21, 2011
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      The beaches in the Philippines were SO nice!

  2. William
    November 19, 2011
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    Congrats on four months! The Phillippines choice looks simply amazing. Carry on!

    • November 21, 2011
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      Thanks so much, William! It was definitely one of my favourite places :)

  3. Raymond @ Man On The Lam
    November 19, 2011
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    I spent 5 months in the Philippines for work and loved every second of it. Weekends in Boracay really helped too… :)

    • November 22, 2011
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      Ah, I’m so jealous! Boracay rocks!

  4. Juno
    November 19, 2011
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    It was pleasure to meet and hangout with you in Seoul as well. :) Hope everything goes well in Chiang Mai!

    • November 23, 2011
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      I had so much fun with you in Seoul! Hopefully I’ll see you in SE Asia soon :)

  5. Sarah
    November 19, 2011
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    I loved Boracay! SO much so that I went two times in the span of three months. (But my excuse was Korea. In the winter.)

    Your vagueness is intriguing. Can’t wait to hear more about Chiang Mai!

    • November 23, 2011
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      Awesome!! I was so so tempted to go back to Boracay many times… Still am now! Love that place.

      All will be revealed soon enough :)

  6. Ruben Vicente
    November 19, 2011
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    What an amazing trip! Would love to visit all those places. I’ve been in Hong Kong and Thailand before, and loved it!

    • November 23, 2011
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      Thanks Ruben, it’s been super fun so far :)

  7. Jen
    November 19, 2011
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    I am so glad I stumbled across your blog a few days before you departed. I am enjoying it a lot. I can’t believe you have been on the road for four months and I don’t even know you! You are really keeping me inspired to plan and save for my trip :)

    • November 23, 2011
      Reply

      Oh, that’s SO awesome! Glad I’m keeping you inspired… :)

  8. The World of Deej
    November 20, 2011
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    An action packed four months…Yeah, and what’s with the vagueness:)

    • November 23, 2011
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      I’ll possibly reveal soon enough :)

  9. Julia
    November 20, 2011
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    Great to hear the positive stuff about Philippines – it’s definitely on my radar for next year!

    • November 23, 2011
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      Yeah, you have to go there Julia! I LOVED it!

  10. Elizabeth
    November 21, 2011
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    Sounds like you are having a great trip. Its amazing how big a difference the people you meet can make!

    • November 23, 2011
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      Definitely true. This month was only really the best because of the people I travelled with!

  11. Jen
    November 21, 2011
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    That beach looks like paradise, and secretly everyone loves a bit of touristy stuff every now and again xx

    • November 23, 2011
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      The beach was amazing, and yeah, I love touristy things haha :)

  12. November 22, 2011
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    It’s great that you decided not to head to Turkey … I think staying in SE Asia was a much better option, just quietly. :)

    • November 23, 2011
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      Yeah, I possibly agree with you…

  13. Zablon Mukuba
    November 22, 2011
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    that is a great way to spend 4 months, visiting 4 countries and all those cities

    • November 23, 2011
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      Yep, was definitely an awesome month!

  14. Toni
    November 22, 2011
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    Mwahaha I LOVE you vagueness ;) And the Philli’s look amazing – so jealous! =D

    • November 23, 2011
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      Hahaha, that’s because you know what I’m talking about! ;)

  15. Jade Johnston
    November 22, 2011
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    Have an awesome time on month 5!

    • November 23, 2011
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      Thanks so much Jade! It’s already turning out to be pretty great!

  16. Micamyx|Senyorita
    November 24, 2011
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    Can’t wait to read your entries about the Philippines! Too bad I didn’t see you though T_T Looking forward to the 5th month!

  17. Roy Marvelous
    November 24, 2011
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    Really interesting to see that breakdown per country! But how did Phillipines end up being more expensive than the rest?

  18. Ian [EagerExistence]
    November 24, 2011
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    Wow!! Everytime I read a monthly update from you I see that you are getting better and better at this whole last-minute travel thing. Can´t wait to see where the wind blows you next!!

  19. Kieu ~ GQ trippin
    November 25, 2011
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    You were about to sleep on the streets of HK?! Thank goodness for Twitter. Haha. Love that you don’t know what’s going to happen next or where you’d be going. Spontaneity is not in my blood so I admire travelers like you. =) The Philippines is not on our upcoming rtw itinerary but I’m sneaking it in somehow. =P Happy 4 months!

  20. Yvette
    November 30, 2011
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    Late to the party, but I feel obliged to mention that I too got hit on once by the All Blacks (I’m assuming that was the NZ rugby team?), but that was in LAX airport. We should start a club, physics travel girls who rugby players find attractive! ;)

  21. Caroline
    December 11, 2011
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    The Philippine beaches look amazing!! Adding it to my list!

  22. 25BAR
    January 4, 2012
    Reply

    That’s very well budgeted!

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