While I’m sitting inside on this rainy day here in Motueka, I thought I’d give everyone a quick summary of my travel plans for the future. Of course, the plans could change here later on, but for now, for those of you who are interested, here’s a layout of my destinations for the next year or so.
All right, so I’m currently living in Motueka, New Zealand, which is located on the North end of the South Island near the city of Nelson. I just got a job in the ice cream department of a seafood factory right down the road from the hostel I’m living in. I lucked out getting put in ice cream right? Haha, sounds way better than cutting up dead fish. I’m planning on working here for the next month or two approximately, or until I’ve got 2-3000 in the bank.
When the funds are all saved up, I think I’m going to fly down to Queenstown, spend a couple of days there and then hitch hike my way back north. I want to go to Wanaka and hike Roy’s Peak, then hit up both Lake Pukaki and Lake Tekapo, then finally make it to Christchurch. From here I’m wanting to fly up to Palmerston North to visit a friend of mine who lives here that I met in Europe a few years back. Still haven’t gotten to see him, so I figured that could be my last stop in NZ before I head off to…Australia!
So starting with Australia, my plans aren’t really set in stone, but I’ll give a broad and general layout. I’ll probably go to either Sydney or Melbourne first (most likely Melbs). I have a friend that I met here in NZ living there so I may spend weeks, possibly even months there if I decide to get a job there.
My mom is wanting to visit me in Australia in August -this isn’t guaranteed, but likely- and wants to be there for approximately ten days. She told me she wanted to see Melbourne, Sydney and the Great Barrier Reef if she has time for all of it.
So, I’ll probably see a lot of the east coast with her and then find another job after she leaves and work in Aussie for a few months (not really sure where I want to live yet). I may also try to go to Perth if I have the time and funds for it. I hear it’s an awesome city so it may be worth it even though it’s all the way on the west side of the country.
Once I’ve saved up enough money in Aussie -don’t have an exact time frame, but I was thinking about six months in Australia, give or take- I’m wanting to head off to Southeast Asia! I’m mostly interested in spending time in Thailand, but I’d also like to see a few other places, like Bali, Cambodia, Vietnam, etc. Like I said before, nothing is really set in stone, so we’ll see where all I end up!
After Southeast Asia, I really don’t know where I’m going to be. It all depends on the amount of money I have left. I either would like to go through India and Dubai, make my way to Europe and head home from there, or head home from Thailand, stopping in Hawaii possibly on my way home.
When I first decided on this whole trip back in August of 2015, I was planning on the first option. I wanted to go all the way around the world in approximately 6 months to a year. Well, slowly but surely a reality check set in, and I realized this would be difficult to do in that time frame with the amount of money I was planning on having saved by my departure date.
So, now that I’ve come up with a bit more realistic plan/ time frame, if I have the money after Thailand, I’ll probably go with the first option. If I’m not back by the end of the year between Thanksgiving and Christmas, however, I won’t be back home until at least late spring or early summer next year. I’m definitely not coming back to Missouri in January or February (probably the shittiest months of the year back where I’m from).
If I can make the first option work, I’m wanting to end up in Europe for awhile in the late spring of next year. I know my mom is also dying to go to Italy and Germany, so I was hoping she could come spend 2 or 3 weeks there with me before I head home.
So there’s a quick summary of where I’m thinking of going over this next year. There’s a few big landmark places that I’m dying to see like Sydney, The Great Barrier Reef, the Taj Mahal in India (if I can get a visitor visa) and Dubai, but aside from that my plans could change quite a bit later on. We’ll see!