Travel Planning | Making The Decision To Go

Deciding to up sticks and leave the country for the forseeable future was a somewhat impulsive decision but also one that we really talked through the logistics of.

As two very home and family orientated people, and certainly as someone who ended up getting extremely homesick whilst at university (haha) it's going to be a different and new transition for the both of us.

The thought of leaving everything and everyone we know behind for a year or more makes me feel anxious to say the least, but the excitement of escaping the 9 to 5 routine, going to places I never actually thought I would and having loads of amazing experiences way out weighs that nervous feeling.

There's a couple of things that really lead us to make this decision, one being that neither Shay or myself have ever done anything like this before, we both went straight from school/uni to work, without a break during education or after - as well as having been together for six years now, it's kind of come at a good time, before houses, weddings hehe, etc. and whilst we have little to no responsibilities.

Basically, if we don't do it now, we probably won't get the chance again.

The internet has been invaluable to me in researching towns and places to go. In fact, I'm pretty sure google maps is probably up there with my most visited sites now. I never really realised *just* how much planning was involved. When people talk about going travelling, it's all through rose-tinted glasses - maybe it's because I'm a bit of a control freak, but I'm feeling the need to organise and plan as much as possible, which isn't really much considering our only two booked flights are to Thailand and then a few months later onto Australia.

I'll be honest, the most valuable information I've found has been from blogs and although reading the Lonely Planet guide fo SE Asia has been useful, it's hard to take it in prior to the trip, mainly because it's more like a directory of what to do and where to go - like most travel guides funnily enough. The lonely planet website though, I've found to be completely useless, it's hard to navigate and quite impersonal, in my own opinion. So my advice around researching would be to be prepared to go passed page one of google ha.

As mentioned previously I'd like to put together a comprehensive guide of our planning stages for travelling around SE Asia as far as I can do, because it's definitely something that has been missing when I've been reading up. I'm probably not looking in the right places but there's bits here and there about this and that, but nothing too involved, like how do we manage our money when we're away? Cash card? Travel credit card? What are the best options? And which countries do we need to apply for visas for beforehand? And does that cover a double entry?

Basically I'm trying to minimise the amount of sticky situations we might end up in, which for novice travellers is probably not even going to scratch the surface, still I can try.

Is there anything you guys would like to know for future reference about planning an extended trip? Or likewise long-term travelling? If you've got any questions, do let me know as it's very fresh and at the forefront of my mind.

I'm hoping to making this a weekly thing so stay-tuned!