This time two months ago, I was boarding a plane but considering turning around and going back to the safety and security of my home.
I wondered if I was making a huge mistake.
Today, I’ve just come back from spending the day sunbathing on a tropical beach in southern Taiwan, realising how incredibly lucky I am and how I’ve never felt happier.
The second month of my trip has been a million times better than the first month. During my first month I was still finding my feet and worrying about everything. Although I was having lots of fun, I didn’t realise how much more fun I could have been having until the second month. I’ve now settled into a routine and feel much more comfortable with travelling. I’ve learned to relax and enjoy the ride.
I spent the first half of this month finishing up the Europe part of my trip by visiting Hungary, Ukraine and Russia. It was at this point that I started having problems with the language barrier, so I found it slightly tougher to travel through those countries. The highlight of this part of my trip was taking a tour of Chernobyl and the ghost town of Pripyat. It was one of the most incredible experiences I’ve ever had and I learned a lot.
In the second half of the month, I got to visit the second continent of my trip: Asia. For as long as I can remember, I’ve been eager to get to this part of the world, so I was worried that maybe I’d built it up to be something amazing and that I’d be disappointed…
Fortunately, I wasn’t.
As soon as I landed in Taiwan I instantly fell in love with the country and subsequently ended up staying in Taipei for two weeks in total! I then made my way to the south of the island to Kaohsiung, where I’m currently writing this from.
As soon as I landed in Taipei, I got to experience travel without plans for the first time! With no real agenda or itinerary on the table, I’m enjoying taking things slow. I love having the opportunity to spend as long as I like in a place without feeling as though there is any real rush to move on.
So onto my statistics for the month!
Distance travelled: 5840 miles
Countries Visited: 4
Hungary, Ukraine, Russia, Taiwan
Cities Visited: 7
Lake Balaton, Budapest, Kiev, Moscow, Taipei, Taichung, Kaohsiung
Number of beds slept in: 8
Number of photos taken: 2188
Number of buses taken – 1
Number of trains taken – 5
Number of planes taken – 4
Hungary: £100 over 6 days = £17 a day
Ukraine: £240 over 5 days = £16 a day (Not including £160 for Chernobyl tour)
Russia: £60.27 over 2 days = £30 a day
Taiwan: £291.22 over 18 days = £16 a day
Miscellaneous: £420 for flights.
Total spent over the month = £1111.49
The next month:
I’ll be spending the next week travelling up the east coast of Taiwan before heading to China. I have absolutely no idea how long I will stay there, but I have a double entry visa so I can go to Hong Kong half-way through. I know that a lot of new travellers struggle in China, so I’m intrigued to see how I’ll find it!
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!