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Asia, Malaysia, Travel

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

February 17, 2014

Staying at The Travel Hub.

And so the trip begins! After months of saving and waiting in anticipation, we said our emotional goodbyes at Heathrow and set off to travel the world. Our first stop is KL and we are staying next to Chinatown. We found the hostel on www.hostelbookers.com and chose the ‘deluxe double room’ (a double bed in a room haha).

KL is amazing! You’ve got the luxury surrounding the Petronas Towers with beautiful gardens and up market shopping malls and then the madness of Chinatown just a short train journey away. Chinatown was filled with market stalls selling everything you could ever need at really cheap prices. Think Khao San Road but bigger.

Getting around KL was easy, the train system was easy to understand and works like the London Underground. You buy a token from a machine at your start station which you scan to get on to the platform and then the barrier swallows the token when you leave the station. We were pros after a day!

We fell in love with the towers and saw them at night all lit up and then went to the top of them in the day. This costs 80RM each which is about £14. It’s definitely worth doing as you can see for miles and KL is surrounded by beautiful scenery.

There’s lots of good places to eat in KL so we had a mixture of Malyasian and more Western food. We’ll be back here at the end of March to catch our flight to Australia but after a 3 night stay it is time to head to Vietnam.

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Lifestyle, My Life

The Final Countdown!

February 1, 2014

It’s February 1st and I’m officially unemployed! Yesterday was my last day at work and now I have 11 days to say my goodbyes and make sure everything is ready. I seem to have an ever growing list of people to see and things to do. There’s the important stuff to do with bank cards, medication etc but the hardest thing to do is making time to see my friends and family. It’s all well and good me having time off work but everyone else has their normal jobs so it’s hard finding a time to suit people. I have a very hectic schedule for the next week and a half!

The nerves are definitely starting to set in though. I think it’s the unknown that scares me. It’s extremely weird not knowing how long you are going to be away for and when you will next see your loved ones. I understand that this can be the most exciting part for some people and I am really looking forward to setting off but I’m still petrified!

Well I can’t sit around writing a blog all day, I’ve got people to see and things to do!

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Lifestyle, My Life

Leave work!

January 5, 2014

It’s been an exciting few days for myself and Stu because we’ve both handed our notices in at work! I was extremely nervous about handing mine in but it was a huge relief to be able to finally talk about my travel plans with people at work. It makes the trip seem that much closer now I know when I’m leaving work.

With February 12th getting very close I decided to have a bit of a mock pack today. It’s a good idea to do one 6 weeks or so before you leave as it highlights the things you need and the stuff you definitely don’t need anymore of (4 pairs of denim shorts anyone?). Packing got me really excited but there’s still 4 weeks of work to get out of the way until the final preparations!

Today I also applied for my working holiday visa. It’s really easy to apply online but not so easy parting with $420! There’s so much to pay for before you even fly! A round the world trip is not something you can do on the cheap…

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Travel, Travel Advice

To Plan or not to Plan?

November 25, 2013

How on earth do you begin to plan a round the world trip? Well I think the best thing to do is to plan the very beginning of your trip and then leave the rest until you get there. You have no idea how long you will want to stay somewhere and where you will have to stop and look for work when the funds are low. I realise the thought of landing in a foreign country with only a few nights accommodation booked probably strikes fear into control freaks but imagine if you had every night booked up and then you made friends with a group of people who were travelling in the opposite direction? Being flexible is the key to having a good trip.

If you’re planning a shorter trip, then you should have a bit more structure to your itinerary so you get to see the sights that you want to. When I went to Australia earlier this year I had 7 weeks to do the East Coast so I had everything planned just so I could get to Cairns in time! I still had an amazing time but it did feel rushed at times. Next year I plan to do things a bit more slowly so I can spend more time in the places I loved and visit the places I had to miss on the way up.

So there is no right way to do it but if time is on your side, the less planned, the better! Even if it does worry your family back at home!

Travel, Travel Advice

Memory Lane.

November 17, 2013

You’re guaranteed to make some amazing memories that you will treasure forever from your trip but I still think it’s really important to document those memories. I made sure I kept a diary on my last trip and obviously took hundreds of photos!

However when you get home lots of people put that diary away and rarely look at those photos. You really should make the time to print off the photos and I think the best excuse to do this is to make a scrapbook. When I was away I stored away lots of random things like leaflets and receipts (even the stickers you get on the overnight bus in Thailand!) and now it’s all in my scrapbook.

I’ve been adding to it today and it’s getting me really excited for my next trip!

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Lifestyle, My Life

Work.

November 11, 2013

Ah yes I’m nowhere exciting just yet. Tomorrow it is 3 months until we set off on the ‘Big Trip’ and there is still lots and lots to do and lots and lots of money to save! So at the moment it’s the usual 9-(half)5, Monday through to Friday daily grind.

That’s enough about the boring stuff though, let me tell you what we have planned at the moment. D-Day is Wednesday 12th February when we fly to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. After a few days there we fly to Hanoi, Vietnam and gradually work our way down to Ho Chi Minh City. Next up is Thailand, flying into Bangkok and remaining there for about a month before heading back to Kuala Lumpur to catch a flight to Melbourne, Australia. Still with me? I realise it sounds exhausting and is quite an unusual route but my younger sister is planning on being in Thailand in March and I would love to be able to spend as much time with her as possible as she’s been living in Australia for the past year.

So if anyone has any recommendations of things to do in any of these places, please let me know!