Off on another adventure!

I’m off again.

I quit my job, put my stuff into storage, rented the house out and sent Molly the cat to my parent’s place for her own little holiday. I’m slinging on a backpack and hopping on a plane to Bali to embark on another overseas adventure.

This blog is primarily for my friends and family who want to keep track of where I am…. and to have a brief escape from the drudgery of work during their coffee breaks!  But I also want to use it as a means of learning some new technical skills by building up the website into a more useful resource for other travellers.

What are my plans?

Alan will be joining me for the first 2 – 2 ½ months, and then I have rough plans to meet up with some others later on. In between, I’ll be travelling on my own although there are always people around to meet up with along the way.

So where am I going this time? Things are fairly loose … I did very little itinerary planning before leaving home and only have an outline of what I will be doing through to Christmas time. That’s OK – the intention is to travel a bit more slowly, and to keep plans as flexible as possible. Having said that, my plans for the next few months are shown in this map:

Indonesia – 2 months

After 2-3 days in Bali to get re-acclimatised, we’ll head to Makassar in Sulawesi (Alan is joining me for this leg). We’ll spend about 5 days in this region before moving on to the Maluku Islands. The Maluku’s are the old renowned Spice islands, famous for nutmeg trade back in the 16th century. Now they are better known for their gorgeous beaches and excellent snorkelling and diving.

We expect travel through the Maluku’s to be difficult, slow and frustrating. There are unreliable flights (on unreliable planes!) between some of the islands, but otherwise we will be reliant on the local Pelni ships to get us around. The difficulty with this is that the ships run on 2 week cycles and trying to get our timings sorted will be challenging to say the least!

Our visa is only good for two months so we’re really not sure how far we will get through the Maluku’s before having to head back to Makassar for a flight out of Indonesia. I’m also keen to spend more time in Sulawesi before we leave – but we will just have to wait and see how it all pans out! On the upside, the difficulty in getting there, and the limited accommodation (mostly in small family run guesthouses) means that the islands aren’t overrun with tourists. That has great appeal to me!

Malaysia – 10 days

After doing it ‘basic’ in the Maluku’s, we will be looking for a bit of comfort in Malaysia. Our rough plan is to travel north from Kuala Lumpur towards Penang. I’ll be looking forward to some of Malaysia’s best food offerings there – curries and laksa’s especially!

Burma – 3-4 weeks

Alan heads home at this point and I fly into Rangoon (Yangon), Burma. So far, I haven’t even thought about what I will do here… but I’ve heard many good things about travelling in Burma.

After that….

Plans are even less organised. Probably back to Indonesia to meet up with a friend who is travelling in the area. I’m keen to visit NE Thailand (the Issan area) before she and I meet up again for Christmas – possibly in Laos!

That’s the somewhat boring rundown of my plans…. I’m sure they will evolve as time goes by and new opportunities arise. At some point, probably after New Year’s, I will look at settling down in an area for a month or two. I have no idea where that might be… but there’s plenty of time to work it out.

However it works out – I’m sure it’s going to be fun, exciting, frustrating, challenging – and most of all, rewarding!