What’s in store for the rest of 2017?
So I definitely should have written this post about two months ago.
But hey, better late than never ey? If you’ve been following me on instagram or facebook lately, you’ll know that I recently quit my job and spent a fabulous three weeks in Canada and have since moved onto Southeast Asia where I am currently in the middle of an amazing six week trip across Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia.
In addition to this, I’ve got so many other exciting things and places lined up for the rest of this year that people keep asking me about so I thought I would share them on here.
So what’s actually in store for 2017?
Well this year I am off to at least six new countries and returning to two that I have been to before which will take my total countries visited up to 30 countries. With a potential cruise thrown in and a ‘maybe’ solo weekend trip somewhere in Europe, this is looking to be one of my biggest travel years yet!
Despite being an expert planner and usually planning everything in intense detail, my travel plans are not yet finalised (although they probably should at least be in a sort of semi-planning stage considering they’ve already started…) but I do have some sort of rough plan that I hope to be able to make a bit clearer here. I figured if you can’t wing it when you are unemployed, when else can you?
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A little run down of my upcoming plans…
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Canada: April-May 2017
At the end of April and into May I spent three weeks rekindling my love for Canada after almost a year of separation and had the most wonderful time. It was nice to finally see JS again after a four-month hiatus and it was pretty fab to get to hang out in Ottawa again.
But I’ll keep it brief as this post is supposed to be about the future…
This time round, my time in Canada was spent hiking in Algonquin Provincial Park in Ontario, reliving being a typical tourist at Niagara Falls and exploring Ottawa city centre and the Canadian Tulip Festival. Posts coming soon!
Malaysia & Singapore: May-June 2017
So Malaysia is where I currently am and it’s pretty fab. I spent the first two and a half days hanging out in Kuala Lumpur living the life of luxury that I can’t afford in the UK, and then I was off to explore other areas that this amazing country has to offer. Somewhere in the middle of the trip we also hopped over to Singapore for a bit of five star luxury (because why not?) and managed to tick off a few must see attractions there too.
I’ll be writing a more in-depth post about how to see Malaysia and Singapore in three weeks in the near future but for now, here is our three week trip itinerary:
3 nights Kuala Lumpur > checking out the top tourist spots in the city
2 nights Cameron Highlands > a bit of hiking, a bit of tea drinking, a bit of strawberry eating
1 night Kuala Lumpur > a chance to catch anything we missed before flying to Singapore
3 nights Singapore > exploring the best that Singapore has to offer
3 nights Penang > checking out Malaysia’s top spot for food and street art
3 nights Langkawi > relaxing on the beach and chasing waterfalls
3 nights Perhentian Islands > a chance to chill out and do some snorkelling
1 night Kota Bharu > a bit of a rest stop
1 night Kuala Lumpur > one last chance to catch things we’ve missed
Indonesia: June 2017
Next up I’m off to the beautiful Indonesia and I’m so super excited! I have wanted to visit this country since 2012 when I was living and studying in Australia but unfortunately my funds didn’t quite cover it. But five years later I’m finally going and I absolutely cannot wait. My youngest sister will be joining me on this trip before she heads off to university in September so it should be a lot of fun.
I have another 3 weeks for this trip which is obviously not a lot of time to explore such an incredibly huge country so I am limiting this trip to exploring the islands of Bali, Lombok, Flores and some of the islands in between (still adventurous in the timescale, I know).
I have read so so much about these places in anticipation of this trip but would still LOVE some recommendations on places to go and things to see from anyone who has been. Send your tips my way in the comments below!
Canada: July 2017
This year Canada celebrates 150 years since it’s confederation and the celebrations on and around Canada Day on July 1st are going to be amazing. I’ll be heading back to Ottawa for the festivities and I’m so looking forward to it! I’ve wanted to be in Canada for Canada Day since first visiting back in 2014 so I’m ticking another one off my bucket list here (sadly missing out on doing so last year).
Canada is going all out for these celebrations and I hope to see and take part in as many things as possible so I’m relying on the expertise of my Canadian friends and JS to help me out on this one.
What typical Canadian things should I be doing this Canada Day??
In addition to the festivities, I’ll also be heading down to Toronto to meet up with some friends from university and to catch a Blue Jays game. I also hope to spend plenty of time exploring the great Canadian Outdoors by visiting a national park or two.
Canada, I’m coming back for you!
UK Based: August
As I’m moving to Canada in early 2018 I wanted to spend a bit of time in the UK catching up with friends and family before I head back to Southeast Asia again. I’ve got a couple of things that are still in the planning stages at the moment and then a couple of dream things I’d love to squeeze in if I have time too.
- A trip down to Cheddar Gorge to stay with my grandparents in their camper van
- A couple of days up in Leicester to see my old work colleagues and friends
- A weekend trip to Birmingham to see my best friend for her birthday (and a gin festival)
- A cruise on the Queen Victoria Cruise ship around Europe with my aunt and my mum
- Catching up with friends in Southampton
- Hike up one of the UK’s mountains (can’t believe I still haven’t done this)
- A 2-3 day stay in at least one new European country I’ve not visited yet
- Take a roadtrip somewhere, maybe Wales or Devon
For this section of my adventures I’ll be basing myself in Southampton where I haven’t lived for the past six and a half years since I moved to Leicester for uni. So I’m kind of excited to be living back here for a while! One month seems like a long time but with this itinerary I’m sure it’ll disappear quite quickly but I’ll be prioritising people over travel for this month for sure.
Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam: September Onwards
I’m going back to Southeast Asia, yipeeee! Four more countries that I’ve been wanting to visit for years are finally materialising into full blown actual plans. And I can’t wait for these ones!
I’ll be doing the usual backpackers route through these countries but I’m also hoping to volunteer with a couple of animal sanctuaries along the way (think elephants, dogs, turtles). My current plans are to spend up until Christmas/January in these countries but with no solid plans yet, we will see how that goes.
If possible I would absolutely love to squeeze in a trip to the Philippines and Myanmar too but this will definitely depend on funds. Better get ready for that car boot sale after all then.
Canadian Life: February 2018
And this is it. The big one. The one that I’ve been saving up for for years. The one that I’ve been dreaming about for far too long. The reason that I am doing all of my travelling now.
The ‘I’m moving to Canada this month‘ one.
A bit scary but so exciting at the same time! I’ll actually finally be living on the same continent as JS again and I couldn’t be happier. I’ll write more about moving to Canada later…
So there you have it – my 2017 adventures.
If you have any tips or recommendations about any of the places that I’ll be visiting then please leave them in the comments below! I’d love to hear from you.
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I’d absolutely love to have you along for the journey!
Lots of love,