My Planned Travel Route For 2016-2017

Smash Monotony - My Planned Travel Route For 2016-2017

In case you missed my recent stroke of luck – which I seriously doubt seeing as though I’ve not stopped talking about it – my 23-Month New Zealand WHS Visa has been approved! The Land of the Long White Cloud is now a massive part of my planned travel route for 2016-2017.

This is of course pretty awesome news and I can’t wait to get there and explore. The only thing is, I’m now going to have to fit in around 13 other countries in the space of just 6 months.

What’s The Rush

“What!? Why only 6 months?”, I hear you cry.

Well, New Zealand was always a part of the bigger picture. It was going to be the last place I would visit following my extended trip around Southeast Asia. It was also going to be somewhere that I would call “home” for a couple of years.

It still is. It just looks like it’s going to be “home” a little sooner than I’d first realised.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m so pumped about it all! But, I still want to experience the best that Southeast Asia has to offer on the way there. I’ve got just under a year to get to NZ and activate my visa so, in the meantime, I need to get cracking on my planned travel route for 2016-2017.

And, in all honesty, I feel like I’ve been waiting my whole life to really get away and see the world.

Touchdown Delhi

I’m aiming for touchdown Delhi, India, in the first week of August 2016 and will be making my way through this spiritual, mystical part of the world until February 2017. I’ll then be taking in the sights and sounds of Sri Lanka, Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Malaysia, Philippines, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea before NZ.

Now, I know as well as most that plans can change. And they also have a tendency to do so without much notice. This route is my ideal right now but it’s still a flexible one. After all, I may want to spend more time in some places and less in others. Not only that but I never know who I’m going to meet along the way and where I might end up with my new fellow travel buddies.

I’m fully prepared to swap things around.

It’s All Becoming Very Real

What I do know is that I’m so excited to finally be looking into it all in more depth. Having the NZ visa deadline has made it all very real and given me a date to work towards.

If there’s one thing that I’ve learnt recently, it’s to just go for it! As soon as you get that first date locked down – whether it’s your initial departure date or a visa deadline – everything starts to fall into place.

As cheesy as it sounds, dreams really do become a reality once you take that first step.

But I May Have To Strip Back A Little

Yeah, I want to see the world and I want to see it now. Who doesn’t, right?

If I stick to the above plan then it only gives me around two weeks in each country. Just two weeks! Nowhere near enough time to truly experience and appreciate these cultures.

Maybe it’s best that I revisit my plan and prioritise the countries that are top of my list. By doing that, I can free up some valuable time and really enjoy my travels around Southeast Asia.

I’m going to have to be brutal with it though. I’m going to cut my route down from 14 countries to 7 – including New Zealand – so that I can spend one month exploring each one, dependent on their respective visas of course.

With that in mind, my planned travel route for 2016-2017 will look a little more like this.

Japan, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Indonesia and New Zealand.

Not a bad deal after all.

Check out my route maps and let me know what you think. It would be great to hear of any particular places that you might have been to, that I simply cannot miss. Give me a shout with any location tips in the comments section below or feel free to message me on Facebook.

Are you planning a trip but procrastinating on dates?

Just go for it. Book that first flight – apply for that first visa. You will not regret it!

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25 Thailand Tips From Top Travel Bloggers

Smash Monotony - 25 Thailand Tips From Top Travel Bloggers

As one of the new kids on the travel blogger block, I’ve spent a pretty hefty amount of time researching and reviewing the websites of some of my (now) favourite fellow travel bloggers.

It’s been a really interesting and rewarding time. Smash Monotony has got off to a strong start and I’ve picked up so many hints, tips and tricks from some of the best in the business.

Not only have they been a massive inspiration in my setup process but I continue to aspire to be like them; living the same kind of lifestyle; jetting off to the same kinds of dreamy destinations. And telling you lovely lot all about it, of course.

Thailand is most definitely at the top of my long list. I’ve read untold amounts of articles and info on the Land of Smiles. So much so that I thought it would be a pretty cool idea to share some of them with you in a compilation of my favourites so far.

With that being said, here are my chosen 25 Thailand Tips From Top Travel Bloggers! Well, I say “tips”… some are tips, others are reviews, a few are more general location-based information. But, they’re all really very cool indeed.

This list of 25 Thailand Tips From Top Travel Bloggers will more than likely evolve and update as I go along so keep checking back.

Have a good read through the links below and share this post with your friends.

Phelidphelin pị kạb – “Enjoy!”

I’m off to practice my Thai.

Adventure In You

Trekking in Chiang Mai, Thailand
What Food To Eat In Thailand
Becoming A PADI Certified Diver In Koh Tao, Thailand

Backpacker Banter

More Travel Ink: Another Bamboo Tattoo In Thailand
Budget For A Month In Thailand
Ultimate Thai Bucket List

Legal Nomads

Revisiting Mrs. Pa, the Best Smoothie Cart in Chiang Mai
Despite the Smog, Some Colourful Scenes in Chiang Mai
Things I Miss About Thailand: Dogs on Motorbikes
Coffee and Culture Shock in Bangkok

Moxie and Epoxy

Thailand: First Impressions

Nomad Is Beautiful

Visiting Wat Tha Ton: A Magnificent Buddhist Temple In Northern Thailand
12 Lessons Learnt After One Month Travelling In Thailand
Our Favourite Healthy And Delicious Fruits In Thailand

Nomadic Matt

Thailand Travel Tips
Ko Lanta: The Thai Island That Remains Paradise
How to play, feed, bathe, and protect the elephants in Thailand

The Broke Backpacker

Backpacking In Thailand
The Slow Boat To Luang Prabang

Travel Dave

Why Moving to Chiang Mai, Thailand was such a great idea.
Extending your Thai Tourist Visa stamp in Chiang Mai, Thailand
How to travel to Koh Phangan from Bangkok, Thailand

Travel Tall

• COMING SOON! I love Travel Tall… his writing is insanely good and I can’t wait to include his posts on Thailand right here as part of my 25 Thailand Tips From Top Travel Bloggers. He’s just hit Vietnam so I’m hoping he’ll be working his way around into Thailand soon. Watch this space!

Travelstache

Hiking Doi Chiang Dao

Two Monkeys Travel

The Ultimate List Of The Best Hostels In Thailand – From $6
DIY Travel Guide Series: Koh Tao, Thailand

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