Ok so I’ve already been back in the UK for longer than I’m really comfortable with (despite having a pretty nice job and scoring lots of good surf!) and the time has come to really start pushing forward with my next set of plans.
And more importantly the funds are now in place to start sorting the basics – which means it’s nearly time to book my first set of flights out of here – even the thought gives me goosebumps!
But this is where you come in…
The basics of this trip is that me and the girl (the lovely Kez – @kezisms if you want to follow her on twitter) will be heading off longterm – and of course I shall be blogging the whole thing for you lovely people to read about. But whats the point of blogging about things you don’t care about?!
So I’m putting it to you guys and girls – I want to hear your opinion on my plans, take your advice for a change and see what we come up with! Me and Kez have come up with 2 basic starting plans, so let me know which you like best, which bits you don’t like and what you’d do if you had the option of coming along!
Ok so the aim of the game is potentially a 3 year plan based around a 2 year WHV in New Zealand. We’ve got about £5k spending money + a significant budget for flights. I surf – that’s the main aim of the game for me, and Kez loves to explore and find inspiration for her art – so yes I have had to compromise!
At the moment it’s a toss up between 2 rough ideas on how best to get to NZ
Option 1 – Via Asia
Option one pans out as the following;
London – Bangkok
Overland through Asia – looping into Vietnam, Cambodia and down through the Thai Islands
Kuala Lumpar – Bali
A month of surfing a culture in Indonesia through Bali, Lombok and the Gilly Islands
Bali – Auckland
A month or so of touring around the and of the Kiwi before needing to find work
*There is also the potential to sandwhich a stop in Byron Bay between Bali and NZ*
Option 2 – Via South America
Option two takes a different approach…
London – Texas
A couple weeks visiting one of my buddies from Byron, Lastain
Texas – Lima
Up to a month exploring around Peru and Bolivia including the Inca Trail and Machu Pichu
Lima – Guayaquil
A couple months hopefully working at my mates surf camp in Montanita and exploring southern Ecuador
Guayaquil – LA
Couple days stopover to break up flights, maybe even with enough time to hit Vegas for a weekend!
LA – Tahiti
Up to 2 weeks in French Polynesia including hitting Teauphoo for the Billabong Pro
Tahiti – Auckland
As with option 1 – some touring before working.
What Do You Think?
Obviously both options throw up their own pros and cons, but ultimately we’re heading out one way and back the other and both are by no means set in stone. So rattle off in the comments and chuck me some feedback on where you think I should go next?!