Last week we finally shared our EXCITING NEWS!
We quit our jobs to travel the world and pursue the life of full-time travel. We are now on a mission to see the world! So of course, the first question on everyone’s mind was: WHERE ARE YOU GOING?
It’s an odd feeling planning long term travel. With no job to come back to and no major financial responsibilities the world truly feels like our oyster. Our only limitations are family commitments, blogging commitments, and our own wedding (HA!)
We played around with at least 5 possible iterations of our plans for the next 6 months (I can’t even think about making plans further out) and it looks like after a few weeks of research, budgeting, and flight searching, we have finally figured out our plan. So here it is!
Australia has been amazing, but it’s time to say goodbye. Our adventures will begin on August 1st with a one way flight to Singapore. I’ll be spending 3-4 days exploring Singapore while Max takes a quick 2 day trip to the U.S (he will never want to be on a plane again after 2 x 20-odd hour flights).
I don’t have any concrete plans for Singapore just yet, but I’m really hoping to spend some time relaxing by a pool with some Singapore Slings in hand. It better not be smoggy the entire time I’m there! This girl needs a vacation before her travels!
In all seriousness though, I have been missing Asia tremendously over the last 2 years and this will be my chance to reconnect with the Asian culture, gorge on delicious street food, and do some shopping in Singapore’s Chinatown.
Some time around Aug 3-5, we will head to Indonesia. We are giving ourselves a month to explore the country, but despite the fact that a month sounds like a TON of time, we think we’ll only be able to check out a few of its regions.
We plan on spending 2-3 weeks in Java, visiting some of its big attractions like Mt Bromo and Borobudur, but also veering off course and getting lost in some smaller off-the-beaten path villages and towns. Then we might hop over to Lombok and spend some time diving in Gili Islands, or make our way to Komodo Island instead.
At the end of August, Max will head to Kuta, Bali for his bucks party (Bachelor Party), while I park myself on a beach in Lombok or in Ubud for a few days of R&R.
We’ll be spending the first half of September in Sabah, one of the 2 Malaysian regions on the island of Borneo.
We are excited to announce that we have partnered up with Sabah Tourism Board who will help us experience Sabah beyond just the major sights and tourist attractions. We’ve got an exciting 2 week itinerary that features diving on Sipadan Island (one of the best dive spots in the world), a visit to Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre, market visits, food tours, and more!
The remainder of September will be spent in Myanmar. We don’t have as much time for it as we would’ve liked, but it’s a country we’ve wanted to visit for years, so we couldn’t miss it.
We’ll be sure to hit all the hot spots: Inle Lake, Bagan, Mandalay, and hopefully find some time for a few overnight treks into more remote areas.
Next up we will have an unexpected but exciting change of scenery, as we’ll make our way from to Europe after 2 months in Asia. This part of the trip will be a cultural immersion like no other.
We’ll be visiting my family in Kiev, attending my cousin’s wedding, and reuniting with my Mom, Dad and brother, who will be joining us for a week of vodka, perogies and wedding festivities. (oh boy!) I can’t wait to share an inside scoop on a traditional Ukrainian wedding with you!
Having spent my childhood in Ukraine, visiting my grandparents and cousins (who still live in the same house that we grew up in) is always a very special occasion in itself!
I am calling Morocco my birthday trip. I’ll be turning 30 at the end of October, and Morocco has always been a country I dreamed of visiting. So it only makes sense that we detour out of Europe and pay a visit to this incredible country that offers everything I love about travel and life.
The food will undoubtedly be amazing, the shopping will probably make me broke, the cultural encounters will be unlike anything we’ve experienced before, and don’t even get me started on Moroccan Mint Tea and all the stray kitty cats. Oh and I might actually get to ride a camel!
So even though this part of the trip doesn’t technically fall on my birthday, it is the destination I’m probably looking forward to the most!
After a few weeks in Morocco, we’ll head back to Eastern Europe to visit one of Max’s best friends who’s been living in Bucharest for the last 2 years.
Together with his lovely girlfriend, we’ll traverse Transylvania, visit some castles, trek through some mountains, and get lost in places that have not made their way into guidebooks yet!
At the end of October we’ll say goodbye to Europe and make our way to the U.S. for our very first TBEX Conference in Ft. Lauderdale. I’m really looking forward to finally meeting some fellow bloggers who I’ve gotten to know over the last 2 years, doing a whole lot of networking, and learning how to take Drink Tea and Travel to the next level.
I think we are ready for it, don’t you?
It’s a bit of an empty slate after the conference. But come November/December, we’ll be to making our way over to Costa Rica to do some prep and planning for our New Year’s Eve Wedding. It’ll be nice to kick back, relax on the beach, and spend some quality time in the country that’s renowned for its laid back lifestyle and Pura Vida culture.
Phew! And that will take us to the end of this year! Can you imagine the size of the spreadsheet we had to create to plan all of this out? Of course nothing is set in stone, but we always do a ton of research and put together mock itineraries before we decide to take a trip anywhere.
We love keeping options open so that we have the ability to add an extra day here or there to go off the beaten path, to check out places that we’ve never heard of before, and to allow ourselves to stay a bit longer in places that we really love. But I’m also a big believer in doing research and learning about the country well in advance of the trip. I think planning a trip is half of the fun, don’t you?
So there you have it – a rough plan of the beginning of our new life!
We are excited beyond belief and can’t wait to share our adventures with you.