So, it’s been a while since I last posted anything. And that’s because when I’m home nothing really travel related takes place. But, with a little over a week to go until we leave the UK for who knows how long, it’s about time I updated everyone!
Ed and I have just a handful of shifts left at our respective jobs, and too many people to say goodbye to. We both need to get underway with the dreaded packing and get a little bit of currency together. All things necessary but all a little boring.
Since I last posted there have been a few developments; we have finally decided on a route and we’ve encouraged some friends and family to book their flights to a far flung destination!
After much tossing and turning, mind changing and confusion we finally have a route, which goes a bit like this:
London – Paris, France – Sion, Switzerland – Munich, Germany – Salzburg, Austria – Vienna, Austria – Budapest, Hungary – Bratislava, Slovakia – Prague, Czech Republic – Berlin, Germany – Warsaw, Poland – Moscow – Russia
After interrailing across Europe (and yes we know its a slightly odd route but we are making the most of the opportunity to visit family friends along the way) we will be hopping aboard the infamous Transsiberian Express, which is actually a regular passenger train for many but for us, the experience of a lifetime! We are taking the transmongolian route which stops off at Irkutsk, Russia where we will head to Olkhon Island, followed by the capital of Mongolia – Ulan Bator. After a much needed rest and replenishment (and the opportunity to stand on solid ground for more than a few minutes) we then take the final leg of this part of the journey to Beijing, China.
From here begins the great Asian adventure, which will see us visit:
China, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia. After a few months when sunning ourselves, sipping on cocktails and throwing ourselves into the local culture and cuisine gets too much (sigh – will this ever happen?!) we are bound for the mighty Australia! We will explore the east coast with the help of a good friend from home who has decided to pick up her back pack!
From there we head to New Zealand – working visas in hand – to settle for a while and replenish the dwindling and by now sorry state of affairs we like to call our bank account.
This is as far as the story goes. We hold no return tickets, have no set date to come home;we have the ultimate freedom. There is nothing better to say now other than the cheesy, cliché saying; the world is our oyster!