It’s official!

I didn’t go to work yesterday, or today. I won’t go tomorrow. In fact I won’t go back to work until April! With apologies to Gabriele, that is a very, very good thing 🙂

After more than a year of planning the Big Trip is finally happening. It’s going to take some time to truly sink in and get into absolute relaxation mode, and I have a couple of mini-trips to keep me occupied until I head of to Asia on November 12:

First up is Sussex Inlet for three days with Joel: fishing, drinking, chatting and remembering Mum. Then Kristen and I head off on our Gourmet Road Trip of Decadence to half a dozen of Australia’s finest regional restaurants. Then it’s back home for just a couple of days before flying out to Singapore to begin four months wandering through south-east Asia…

The Big Trip is deliberately loosely planned, but I do have a general idea of where I want to go. After a prelude of nine days in Malaysia I fly to Vientiane, the capital of Laos. A few days acclimatising to the weather and pace of life (read: hot and slow), then north. Way north. Over the border into northern Vietnam and more wandering before heading to Halong Bay. Then back into Laos and meandering my way down to the Cambodian border and the temples of Ankor Wat. I expect this section to take at least two months. Next up Thailand, the exact route dependent on the time left and my interests, though I definitely want to get to the northern reaches. If there’s time I’d love to check out the southern Chinese provinces of Yunnan and Sichuan, but I fear that might be too much to aim for. Either way I will be Bangkok by March 1st to catch up with Joel for a week or so, then back to Singapore before heading home again.

Happy trails indeed 😀

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