Travelling: The Countdown Begins

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

I DID IT. I booked travelling. It's always been a pipe dream of mine and one which I never thought I'd get to fulfill this soon. It became a bit more realistic around this time last year and after months and months of endless planning, I'm actually going. On Monday 21st September, me Abby and Kate (and our backpacks) will start the first instalment of our three month trip by flying to Thailand for three weeks. We're starting with two nights in Bangkok before making our way round the islands of Koh Phangan, Koh Samui, Koh Tao and Koh Phi Phi. We're planning on getting an overnight bus to Singapore where we'll spent two nights before flying to Sydney on 12th October. We're going to spend five weeks travelling up the East Coast with pit stops at places like Byron Bay, Bondi Beach, Magnetic Island, Whitsundays, Fraser Island and the Great Barrier Reef. 

On 16th November we're flying from Brisbane to Aukland for three weeks of adventure and what looks like breathtaking scenery before flying to Fiji on 7th December for a week of relaxation. Originally we were going to use Fiji as a relaxing 'holiday' type end to the trip, but the more logical route to fly back home was to stop over in Hong Kong for a night. We fly there on 12th December and although it'll only be a short stay, it's another country to tick off and we'll get to very briefly experience the culture. On 14th December we'll sadly be flying back to London after what will have hopefully been the trip of a lifetime. It's the weirdest, most surreal feeling now that it's actually set in stone. If anyone has any suggestions of places to visit during our route or has any advice or travel blogs then please point me in the right direction as I'd love to hear all about your experiences.

For those of you that want to know the details, we booked through STA Travel who have branches nationwide. They've been so helpful from start to finish and instead of trying to rip you off and charge you as much as possible, they actually listen to what you want to do, where you want to go and give you the best possible advice they can. It's the perfect place to get all of the silly questions (can I take my straighteners?) out of the way. The original quote for flights was £1900 but Sarah in the Nottingham Branch spent over an hour looking at alternative flight routes and options and managed to get it down to £1540 which me and the girls were more than pleased about. It was the most stress-free experience which is what you want when booking travelling because you tell them exactly what you want and they literally do it all for you which is ideal.

Another exciting thing coming from this is the fact that I'll get to blog it all. Hopefully people will enjoy reading it, because I know I love reading travel blogs, but it'll also be an incredible way for me to document everything into one big readable memory. Family and friends can read what I'm doing from the comfort of their own home and it'll also be a space for me to showcase a different style of writing. Travel writing isn't something I'd really considered before, but this is the perfect opportunity to try something new and see whether I take to it or not. I'm unsure as to whether I'll keep everything travel related on this blog or set up a new blog entirely dedicated to my journey but either way it's happening. Although I'm sure it hasn't properly sunk in yet, I can't even begin to describe how unbelievably excited I am. Here's to an exciting and unpredictable three months of fun.


  1. I think this is amazing. Congrats on booking it and setting it stone. It's my dream to go travelling but I'm yet to pluck up the courage haha. I cannot wait to read your travel blogs! Xxx

    -Sarah Speaks

    1. Thanks lovely, it definitely helps to go with people as it's someone to get both scared and excited with! Hopefully you'll enjoy the travel posts xx