It feels just not too long ago I had posted that I was traveling all over South East Asia and here it is ONLY 4.5 months away! I can hardly believe it!
I have changed my departure date so many times – it was originally end of February and then I had postponed it to March, then April and then May and now I’m back to my initial departure date — at the moment I am starting look for flights departing Toronto on March 3 2020.
The hardest thing for me is not have an itinerary. I intentionally have NO firm plans because I am a hyper planner, I literally used to go on trips with excel spreadsheets so I can pack in everything I want to do and capitalize my time, no joke. And, this lifetime adventure is going to be completely different, it’s going to be good for my soul. Kind of my personal version of Eat, Pray, Love. No plans, just taking things as they come, letting the Universe take me where ever it feels is best for me. Meet new people, spend as much time with my oldest daughter before she moves back to Canada and taking care of my health and my soul.
While I have no itinerary per se – what I do have is an idea of how I’d like to travel so that I can have meet up friends who plan on visiting and get an idea of costs (I am traveling on a set budget).
When I first head over, I’ll stay in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam for the first little while and spend as much time with my daughter as she will allow. Since I won’t be working my 9-5, I can learn to relax and spoil my kid rotten.
So, here’s what I’m throwing around right now. 1 month in each country (because Visas expire after 30 days and you need to leave the country) – see map.
I’d depart Pearson from Toronto (Canada) and fly into Ho Chi Mihn City 🌃 spent a few weeks and then visit the south of Vietnam 🇻🇳 (I didn’t get to see as much as I wanted while I was there in Feb).
Then I’ll cross over into Cambodia 🇰🇭 and then over to the southern part of Thailand 🇹🇭 and the islands 🌴 (Phuket, Ko phi phi etc) and then down to Malaysia 🇲🇾
Cassandra will meet up with me in Singapore. Then we’ll head over to Java, then spend an amazing time in Bali.
I’ll fly onto the Philippines and back then back to Vietnam to do the northern part of the country. I want to spend some time on the smaller rice fields and towns of the northern villages ( Sơn Tây, Sa Pa), then I’ll fly to meet Miranda in Nepal where we’ll be taking on Everest 💥
After hiking 🥾 UP to Everest base camp ⛺️ (19,000 ft) we’ll take the train to Agra to see the Taj Mahal and then spend two weeks in a traditional Indian ashram – nothing luxurious – silence, meditation 🧘♀️, prayer and servitude.
Miranda will leave to head back to Canada and I’ll continue along the northern part of India 🇮🇳. The rest to be determined, I know I’ll be hitting Sri Lanka 🇱🇰 for sure.
I’ll also be reaching out to friends and fam who have connections in certain locations so I can stay with them and visit that location as a local, not a tourist. I
I’ve been watching so many YouTube videos — I’ve been addicted to Our Curious Georgia for years and just this year I stumbled across The Budgeteers – which is great because they’re all about traveling to places on a budget – so I may steal a few of their tricks and tips (except of the hitchhiking LOL).
Oh Em Gee! This feels so foreign to me – this concept of just living life as you please, unscripted, no plan, no agenda.
Open to suggestions on places to visit, stay, tips, tricks ….. please share anything you thin would be valuable.