How do you plan a trip of a lifetime? Where on earth do you start?

There are probably 5 key things to think about when planning your trip, it may sound obvious, but it’s astounding how many people don’t think about all these things!

  1. Where do you want to go?
  2. How long do you want to go for?
  3. What’s your budget?
  4. When do you want to go?
  5. Do you really want to do it?

We kind of always knew we wanted to go travelling. We’re getting to that age where friends are starting to settle down and whilst we had stable jobs and good career prospects, the thought of settling down just yet didn’t sit well. After many days in beer gardens, nights in pubs, evenings on the couch spent discussing the first 4 questions, we realised yes, we really really want to do it.

If  you really really really want to go travelling and you can put your mind to saving and planning, the world really is your oyster.

Our itinerary

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First stop is China, then onto Japan, Central and North Thailand, Sri Lanka, the Thai Islands, Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia and Indonesia. From there we’ll be Australia bound in search of work to top up the travel funds.


Selective Asia was a bible when choosing where to go and when, you want to try and avoid high season and rainy season.

Lonely Planet is great at showing the best areas to go in each country, they also have travel itineraries which can help guide when you get stuck.

Getting around