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Published: September 2nd 2010
To start this blogging lark off, I will answer some of the questions that I have frequently been asked about my travel plans.
Why am I doing this?
1) I need a break. A long break. 11 and a half years with the company, moving house and changing my job every couple of years, has taken its toll. I'm tired!
2) I've always wanted to travel, but never had the opportunity. Everything has fallen into place at the right time. People who have been travelling before me (Richard and Becci in particular) have really inspired me as to what is out there in the big wide world. Instead of dreaming about travelling and envying those who have done it, it's time for me to experience it for myself.
3) Because I said I would. You know how ideas sometimes snowball from nothing? This one definitely has, although I'm glad it did - see reasons 1 and 2!
Maybe I'll go into more depth about some of these reasons in a future blog. The time away (assuming it's not just one big party) will give me an opportunity to think things through properly.
And I almost forgot the most important reason:
4) The Elephant & Wheelbarrow pub, St. Kilda, Melbourne. The Neighbours quiz night
!! I will be gutted if Toadie and Dr. Karl aren't there!
Where am I going?
The plan (at the moment, subject to change, etc.) is to spend a month in Thailand, a month in Malaysia/Singapore, 3 months in Oz, 2 in New Zealand and 3 in South America (Chile, Argentina, Brazil).
I have a vague idea of a route to take within each region, but everything is flexible.
Who am I going with?
No-one! The plan is to meet hundreds, if not thousands, of like-minded travellers while I'm away. Hopefully some of these people will be heading the same general direction as me for a few days along the way. If I don't meet anyone, it will be a long 10 months...
Yes, the lack of planning, equipment, languages, money and travel companion is rather scary, but I'll deal with it.
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Disclaimer (it's like being at work again)
All opinions will be my own, at the time I write them. This may be when I'm happy, sad, tired, confused, ill, drunk, hungover, or all of the above. I will do my best not to offend anyone, but can't promise anything!
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