so a friend asked us to go to thailand with him and his GF randomly, they are doing a muay thai camp in koh Samui over new years, i dont take alot of convincing, within 10 minutes i had re juggled the dates to fit it in :) dec 2 leave for japan dec 27 leave for thailandjan 13 leace for chinafeb 14 leave for nepalmarch 11 leave for india- only doing the north nowmarch 29 leave for egyptapril 19 leave for the UK :) we decided to swap the month in india to a month in nepal, and attempt one of the trails, either base camp or annapurna.plus india sorta scares me hah
i got to have a trial backpacking trip to bangkok last week,which was..uh…interesting. i learnt to choose my travel partners well, travelling with people who are usually accoustomed to traveling in a package tour is an odd thing when your an independant traveller. good fun tho :) even tho we stayed in a hotel (groan) since there was no hairdryer i learnt very soon what condition my backpacker hair wll be in when i make it back to civilization…should be a mission to NOT obtain dreadlocks haha
today we booked our first flights- Brisbane to Osaka. got a sweet deal-saved $700!! we got one way for $75 each plus taxes…so really it was $250 each, but thats still fucking awesome! w00p! we also got snow gear- two pairs of pants and a jacket-for the same price as a single jacket! SCORE!
ive tweeked the trip a bit more too, thrown in more days for Nepal and Sapporo, and jiggled a few days from Goa and Mumbai to Kerela and surrounds. i think ive added alot more to the budget too. just gotta hope i can save that much!!
im now looking at 14K for 2 people over 4 months in japan,china,nepal,india and egypt.not including flights. scary!!
well, thats the first bit….from egypt we fly to UK, and slog it out for about 9 months. jas will get a banking job-lucky him, he has right of abode so thats easy, and ill get my working holiday visa valid for 2 years.easy peasy. obviously, ill be dancing,prob in London (which i hear has shit clubs and they dont get nude…wheres the fun in that?) and ill restart a modelling portfolio there. im thinking… dye my hair brown for the backpacking trip- makes it easier to manage, but when i get to the UK keep it brown, and change my name? see, i was Jessica Jane, but thats a fucking lame as name, i only used it cos it combined an old dancing name-jess, with my real middle name-jane. for some reason i thoguht that was cool. new name: Chloe capri? i wanted something Cayman, but it literally sounds like ‘chole came in’. lol. yuck.
after the UK, we should have *hopefully* saved another $10-20K, and we can go home thru central and south america.yay! ill plan that bit way closer to the time tho.
as for our budget for this trip- its a mess! lol breaking it down we have:
Japan:31 days at $125 a day total of $3845 + JR rail pass
China: 24 days at $68 a day, total of $1500 + yangze cruise cost
Nepal: 5 days at $50 a day, total of $250
India: 28 days at $51 a day,total of $1430
Egypt:19 days at $43 a day, total of $830 + nile cruise
crazy right? some places we have a $10 a day budget for food! lol, i dunno how we will go tbh, it sounds ludicras!! and dont forget those prices are for TWO people! good thing i will have some credit cards as backup, i dont wanna starve to death…although, it might be a good weightloss plan?
For the past 3 years especially, i have been hounding my partner to go backpacking, we have tried before, but its always fell thru, maybe because his heart wasnt really into it, or maybe we subconsiously let life get in the way.
the past year we have saved up for an apartment,which is great, we brought furniture for the first time in the 6 years i have lived out of home-i was always too scared to get possessions incase i got to backpack.And less then 6 months ago i brought a new car so i could learn to drive.
We moved to australia just over 2 years ago to get his career off the ground, but each job attempt failed, it was always one thing or another, dodgy employers, false job descriptions “no, theres no cold calling” yeah-fucking-right! or the worst one of all,the day he got his dream job and 2 months later they realised they had ‘overstaffed’ and didnt have the resourses to train up the recruitment specialist like they thought. heartbreaking for him, and fucking pain in the ass for me.
So we get to now, the market is looking shit to buy property in here right now, plus im super scared to get anything in case it ties me down, and the boy has started his financial diploma papers,so hes out of work.what better time to travel! or at least plan it… at first we made silly little goals like *if jas doesnt get a perfect job by december 1st we will go* then it became *if jas gets a good job,but hasnt worked his way up by dec 1,we will go* we realised we were making excuses, fuck it. lets just go, get it over and done with so i can never complain that we never done it, and ill never be that mid life crisis woman who ups and leaves her family randomly to backpack, with tits down to my knees and no hot guys to carry my bags.