I could easily write a long list of places I want to visit but I realise I need to be realistic. I'm not rich, I don't have loads of money stashed away and definitely won't have everything paid for by my parents!
Everywhere I plan to visit will take some time to plan and save up for. But I thought i'd share my near future plans, as opposed to my lifelong travel goals.
March - Thailand
The no.1 destination for beginner backpackers like me. I know it sounds really cliche, and to some travel snobs is not considered "real backpacking", but its the perfect place to start for a worrier like me. I've booked my return flights with British Airways which came to around £500 for a direct 11hr25 flight - amazing! This was actually the cheapest option which is great, but I really hope they live up to their reputation. I am dreading such a long flight!
Lots of my friends have been to Thailand so I was able to get tonnes of advice and create a plan of action for my trip. Of course I won't be sticking to it completely but its a brief plan so I at least KINDA know where i'm going.
I'll be starting in Bangkok (i've booked a hotel for 3 nights around Rambuttri Village/Khaosan Road area - backpacker central) which should get me settled in nicely. I'll then be heading up north to Chiang Mai either on my own or with new friends (hopefully!) where i'll spend a week or so exploring, taking Thai cooking classes, visit the elephant sanctuary and see some tribes. I'll also visiting Chiang Rai and Pai which look incredible. Then i'll be flying down south to the party islands where i'll be for the rest of the month. I'll be meeting up with a couple of friends for the Full Moon Party on the 22nd March!
April - Indonesia
In early April i'm 90% certain i'll be heading down to Bali. My Thai visa will have run out so I have to go somewhere - so Indonesia is looking like the next destination for a month or so. I haven't really planned my Indonesia adventure at all, just gonna go with the flow and see where I end up. There's thousands of islands so I can imagine it getting very complicated trying to make a plan. Somewhere I am really excited to go is the Gili Islands, I heard they are simply paradise. And I must visit La Plancha (pictured - omg the colours!) Indonesia recommendations please guys!
May - Amsterdam
My boyfriend Will should be playing some rugby in Amsterdam this summer so i'm gonna head out there at the same time so we can spend a few days in the city. I've wanted to go to Amsterdam for so long! Probably gonna book this super last minute, and get a cheap Airbnb, so it shouldn't cost too much.
August - Italy
Lastly on my list for this year is lovely Italy. I have wanted to visit many of Italy's cities for years and it's finally on the agenda. The other day me and Will booked spontaneous flights to Venice for just £58 each with British Airways, which is an absolute bargain! We plan to spend 2/3 weeks working our way down through the country, spending a few days in each city, and stumbling across some cute quirky towns along the way. After 2 nights in Venice (as I heard its sooo expensive) we'll head down to Florence, Rome, Naples, and finally Pompeii. I just need to look into the best way to get from city to city - i'm hoping the train system is really straight forward! Any Italy advice or recommendations would be much appreciated.
It's all in the pipeline at the moment but I definitely want to visit South America, in particular Brazil, at some point next year! One of my besties is up for it so we'll probably get this booked waaaay later this year.
So that's all for now... now i've just got to stick to my word!