Fancy something different....
Replies: 4 - Last Post: Feb 3, 2013 11:17 AM Last Post By: tree_green
Jan 31, 2013 12:07 PM
Fancy something different....Hi Guys.....not sure if being located in my mid 30's qualifies me as an "Older Traveller" but what the heck who cares anyway! So let me explain my forthcoming proposal…
Having spent much of life focusing upon my studies and building a successful career, I have recently decided to make some recent radical decisions within my life and secure 12 months off from my very understandable employer! Yes, that’s right just like many others who have spent considerable time and energies reading endless accounts of such tales of travel and adventure, I have finally decided to turn these dreams into reality!
My plan’s are to leave around June 2013, book a flight from Europe to SEA and spent the next 12 months travelling and seeking out every possible action packed and fun filled adventures! I know this may sound a bit dramatic and somewhat cliché but the mere prospect of meeting and travelling with new people whilst immersing myself in a range of cultures, climates and cuisines has remained my biggest drive in really making this happen!
Whilst I appreciate this may be not the ideal time to travel to SEA (Monsoon season, I believe) my belief is that if I was to delay the trip any further I risk the prospect of other things arising within life and never actually “getting on the road” so to speak! So, yes I remain totally focused albeit slightly anxious and plan to use the next few months to gain some valuable insights and ideas from such like minded people.
I am honestly not sure if anyone else out there is considering taking such timeout of your current existence or indeed have similar plans already in place however if so, it really would be great to hear from you!
Thanks for listening…
Oh bye the way I could not find the previous "seeking travelling buddies" forum to place this post on !
Jan 31, 2013 9:53 PM
1I 'm from Seattle June is start of warm & dry season with some rain but count on 2nd week in July to be dry till end of Sept Mechanic4046
Feb 1, 2013 7:59 AM
2OP meant Southeast Asia, not Seattle (airport code SEA).
Plenty of people do such things - call them "sabbaticals" or whatever you choose. We did our first in our 40s (sorry) but age has little to do with it, provided you can put your "home" affairs in order for that long a period.
Just my own view (not that huge a fan of Southeast Asia - like it but not gaga) why just the focus on that region? With a year, why not take part of the time and do something of a sampler? Buy a cheap RTW ticket and start with some time in, say, Africa, before moving on to Asia. Or head west initially and visit Central or South (or North for that matter) America, before proceeding on to Oz/NZ or Asia?
What you might find is that there's some area where "going deep" is unexpectedly desirable, where you could invest more time, either now or later.
For example, on our second "sabbatical" we went around the world and stopped for 10 days in South Africa (never been.) Utterly, completely hooked, and have been back six times now (in around 10 years) and have included Kenya and Uganda in the "must go back" list. Southeast Asia, not so much, but everyone is different.
Just saying, a year gives you time to do both - wide and deep.
Feb 1, 2013 8:06 AM
3If you are set on SE Asia...Malaysia and most of Indonesia usually has pretty good weather at that time of year...you could start there.
Or of course there are many other options,as noted above...some parts of South America have great weather in June..so too does East africa,and Eastern Europe.....etc.
Feb 3, 2013 11:17 AM
4Thanks for sharing...SEA is only my first entry point and then will decide where next after initial few months....
Would prefer to spend the year travelling Asia/OZ/NZ etc rather that try and squeeze in the RTW in 12 months
with limited time to absorb a particular area/region......been to SA (South Africa before which was amazing and have been to North America many times however never the West Coast...Cali is def due a visit at some stage...
Good to hear there will be some settled weather during my initial arrival....
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