Exciting times ahead! Now we’ve finished at school (well, Ruth has one more day of English camp… and when I say “day” I mean “two hours”) time has been absolutely flying by, almost too fast. We’ve spent the days scouring the internet for camping equipment, pouring over maps, visiting friends for the last time and generally running around like blue-arsed flies.
We’ve sat down on our beaten up old sofa with copious amounts of tea and actually had the chance to do some real planning for the trip that we’ve worked two years for. Here’s what we’re thinking:
First up, we’re heading to New Zealand; that’s all bought and paid for so it’s a definite. We’ll meet Ruth’s uncle and sister who are flying out to join us and are hiring a campervan for two weeks. We’ve booked with Spaceships (http://www.spaceshipsrentals.co.nz/) which look great, so we’ll let you know how we get on with that.
The plan has sadly had to change and we’re now bypassing Australia. Coming to this conclusion was not the easiest, Ruth’s never been before and we were both keen to dive on the Barrier Reef. Australia, from all we’ve been told now, is just too far out of our price range these days. No matter though, we’ll get there at some point. Instead, we’ll fly to Indonesia (Jakarta probably) and work our way, via our friends from Strange-Lands.com‘s place (where we’ll sponge off them for as long as we can before they notice) to Bali so I can do my PADI scuba diving qualification.
Moving onwards, we’ll head through Sumatra, hop on a ferry across to Malaysia and explore. The plan after this gets a bit hazy. All being well we’ll meet up with my dad’s cousin Patrick and his partner aboard their yacht Labarque and head across to the Rainforest Music Festival in Sarawak, Malaysia, before diving into the depths of the Borneo jungle.
Next up, we’ll make our way to Thailand (dying to get back there now), then Cambodia and Laos. All of this leads up to what hopefully will be a highlight of the trip – a trek through the Annapurna section of the Himalayas with a couple of friends from home. If we’ve got any pennies left after all of this then India is crying out for a visit… but we’ll see.
We’ll be posting as often as possible and snapping away to hopefully get some pretty special pics. Check back often to see what we’re up to.