If you’ve been reading some of my latest posts then you’ll know that I’ve crammed a hell of a lot of travel into the past six months.
My time in Southeast Asia was wonderful, as always, with the highlights being chilled out Otres Beach in Cambodia, finally getting to witness the Yi Peng festival in Thailand, a crazy scooter road trip around the Mekong Delta…
And then Australia and New Zealand happened.
I absolutely adored my time spent in both countries and wouldn’t have done it any other way — but I am in desperate need of a break. For the past three months I’ve been packing my bags and changing location every 2 or 3 days.
That’s not how I like to travel.
In fact for over a year now I haven’t spent longer than two weeks in a single place. I’m constantly struggling to balance my desire to stop moving and work for a few months with my craving to see EVERYTHING IN THE ENTIRE WORLD RIGHT NOW!!!
For the last year, I’ve been giving into the latter.
But that’s about to change.
I’m exhausted, I have work I need to do, I’m craving a stationary life… and so that’s exactly what I’m going to do. For the rest of the year I will be moving as slowly as possible and not spending any less than a month in a country.
Here, then, are my plans for the next six months!
With all the time I’ve spent in Southeast Asia over the past couple of years, I can’t believe I’ve never spent any time in Malaysia — I’ve flown into Kuala Lumpur half a dozen times but never actually left the airport!
That’s all about to change though, as I’m currently typing this up on my flight to KL… and this time I’ll actually be venturing into the city.
I’m planning on spending a month in total in Malaysia. I’ll be spending half my time exploring KL, Malacca and Penang and the other half will be spent beaching it up in the Perhentian Islands. I’ve been wanting to visit the Perhentians for over a year now, so I’m really excited about this!
I fell absolutely head over heels in love with Vietnam when I visited for the first time last year and I’ve been desperate to return ever since. Fortunately, I won’t have to wait long as I’ll be jetting over to Saigon after I finish up in Malaysia and this time I’ll be living there for six weeks.
The thing I’m most looking forward to in Vietnam is the incredible food! Vietnam is the first country in Southeast Asia where I’ve been able to eat anything and everything, which is extremely unusual for me. I can’t wait to bathe in pho every morning!
Dave’s visited Vietnam quite a few times whereas I’ve never been north of Saigon. I’ll be making up for this by taking weekend trips to all the places I’ve been wanting to visit for years: Hanoi, Hoi An, Hue, Nha Trang and Mui Ne!
My original plan was to head to Burma straight after New Zealand but after several months of moving every couple of days and struggling with bad internet, the last thing I want to do is go to Burma, where the travel will be tougher and the internet even worse.
So, for the sake of my sanity, I’ve put Burma off until the end of my time in Southeast Asia. I’m keeping my plans open at the moment, so I haven’t decided where I’d like to go and how long I’d like to stay for but I’m curious to see what I’ll make of the country. I have a feeling I’ll fall in love with it…
As we finish up in Asia in late June, Dave will flying back to Melbourne to get his motorbike license (we’ll finally be insured on our scooter trips!) for a week and so I’ll have a spare week to do whatever I want.
After playing around with a few flight options I was surprised to see just how cheap the flights are to Tokyo and so the plan is to spend a week there while Dave is in Melbourne, before reuniting in the…
That’s a bit of a surprise, right?!
The US has never been particularly high on my travel list as Western countries don’t excite me all that much but I’m still looking forward to spending a summer there.
I’ll be kicking off my US adventures in July with a month in Portland. Dave and I have found an amazing apartment on AirBnb in a fantastic neighbourhood — and even more exciting, my parents will be flying out to visit for the last week I’ll be there. I can’t wait to see them!
As for after Portland? We’re currently trying to decide between two options. The first of these would be renting an apartment in New York for a month and using it as a base to explore the east coast. The second is renting a car and spending a month road tripping through California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas.
Regardless of where we end up in the US, in September we’ll be heading to Mexico for the very first time!
As soon as Dave and I arrive in Mexico, we’re forcing ourselves to stop planning. We could stay for 3 weeks or 3 months and I’m excited not to know either way.
I can’t wait to eat Mexican food every day, to relax on some gorgeous beaches, to explore ancient Mayan temples and to brush up on my Spanish.
From Mexico, the plan is pretty much… south. We’ll be travelling through every country in Central America (with a few stops in the Caribbean too) and that’s our only plan. I don’t know whether it will take 6 months or 6 years, whether we’ll continue on through South America so that I can finally reach Antarctica or whether we’ll head back to Southeast Asia like we always seem to do…
At this point we’re keeping our options open.
And that just about sums up my next six months of travel! What do you think of my travel plans? Do you have any suggestions or tips for anywhere I’m going? Will you be in any of the same places at the same time? Drop me a message and let me know!