Wait, you’re going to Asia? Whaaaaat? For how long?? Months?!? When did you decide that? That was the typical reaction. I’ve always said that when I’m in between jobs I’m just going to book a big trip and travel. In my industry I only get 2 weeks of vacation per year, and they can’t be used together, so I can’t typically visit Asia during a job vacay. It takes so long to get there that it doesn’t make sense to just go for a week. And while the flight across the world can be pricey, it’s soooo cheap once you arrive. So I just decided it a little before Xmas and booked the main flight into Hong Kong to get started. It all happened so fast.
Tentatively my flight back is from Tokyo on Feb 23rd but that’s moveable for a minimal fee, and as of now it seems likely that I’ll move it back.
The basic plan includes Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Laos, Bahrain, Jordan, Japan, and possibly Brunei, Thailand. Going to Jordan in this trip doesn’t really make any sense but I really want to see Petra and Fan was already going, so I just checked and there’s randomly a super cheap flight from KL to Jordan so I just booked it. It gives the trip a little structure, with roughly 12 days between HK and Jordan, so hopefully that’s about the right amount of time for Indonesia. Japan also doesn’t make any sense for this trip, since it’s not in SE Asia and mostly bec it’s freezing there while the other locations (after HK) are all really warm, but Jared now lives in Tokyo and I want to visit him so I figured I’d come home through Narita. And the rest is flexible. As of this moment, I’m typing this on my flight to HK (actually to Vancouver on the way), and that’s all I’ve planned. I could go in any order and stay as long as I want in any of the cities I’m thinking of visiting. I figured I’d enjoy NYE in HK, and then decompress at the beach in Bali and plan the rest of my trip. And I’m off!