We aren’t kidding when we tell you that we have formulated in excess of twenty itineraries and routes for our travels this year. Many an evening after work has been spent pouring (quite literally – alcohol always helps get the planning juices flowing) over maps, guidebooks, other travel blogs and websites trying to agree on THE route to take which won’t cost us the earth.
Our new plan has deviated quite dramatically from the original after Kez found herself unexpectedly unemployed shortly after returning from our mini-moon in Iceland. The plan had always been to work up until October/November 2018, living off of one of our paycheques and saving the other to fund a nine month trip to Southeast Asia, Australasia, and South America. To suddenly have only one income, and a whole bucketload of uncertainty, tears, and sleepless nights, meant that we had to seriously think about what we wanted to do and when. If we are being completely honest, Kez was so demotivated by what happened that there was no way our initial plan was going to be feasible, but there was also no way that we would let anyone take our desire to travel away from us.
We sat down and asked ourselves some serious questions. What do we want to see? How long do we want to travel for? How long do we want to stay here for? Is there any reason we can’t go sooner, and for longer? How much money do we need, and how much do we have right now? What will we do with our flat? Most importantly – what will make us both happy?
Kez spent her days researching and scribbling down plan after plan, which she presented to Sam as soon as he got home from work each evening. We initially settled on what we called Plan J (told you there were a lot!): April 2018 to SE Asia, returning to the UK briefly in July for a friend’s wedding. We would then fly to Australia, working and travelling (including seeing New Zealand), to save up for a trip to South America in April 2019. This would see us return home in July 2019, the same time we had originally planned to be home by if we had stuck to our nine month route. We soon found that this option would be far too costly though, and could jeopardise the savings we needed to obtain our working holiday visas for Australia.
So Sam came up with another idea – Plan K (it’s a sign, K for Kez! Ha!). This plan will see us go to Margaret River in Western Australia at the end of April 2018, where we will work whilst staying with a family friend, come back briefly for the wedding, then head to the East Coast and work/travel our way down from Cairns. From April 2019 to October 2019, depending on funds, we want to travel to Southeast Asia and South America, having road tripped around New Zealand too.
So, we’ve booked our flights! We have our visas! And we have no plan beyond that! Being a typical ENTJ, the lack of planning is giving Kez mild palpitations, but having made the New Years resolution to ‘be more chill’, this is her first step. We both have jobs to take us up until April, and we are putting our flat out to rent too. The whole experience so far has been emotional and we haven’t even gone anywhere yet, but if anything it has taught us that no matter how hard you plan, there is always going to be something that will throw a huge spanner in the works and you are forced back to the drawing board. This new plan is bigger and better than the one before, and we cannot WAIT to get started!
Do you have any advice or suggestions on our current route? Leave us a comment!