Greetings! Well it’s been a busy 2 months for us since we departed the UK in November 2019 bound for India. All our plans have come together and we’re both excited to begin this incredible journey that’s ahead of us. It’s going to be a special moment in our lives that we’ll have memories of which will last forever. Continue reading
Our updated travel plans are in their final stages as we prepare for our departure. With a little over 2 weeks we’ll be flying to Mumbai from the UK and then heading down to Palolem, South Goa in Southern India to set up base.
Updated Travel Plans
It’s been a busy month, as we’ve been finishing the final few jobs on our property in preparation to rent out. Electric & Gas certificates have been finished & submitted, and the property is now in the hands of our letting agent. They will manage the property while we’re on our travels of 3 years or more.
We had a quick jaunt to Cardiff in Wales to the Indian consulate for our 5 year Visa’s. The application is done online, but the long term visa requires you to make an appointment to visit the consulate for bio-metrics. Our choice was either Cardiff or back into central London. We opted for Cardiff and went on a Monday by train (over 3 hours each way). We were impressed with how quickly the process took, as we were only there for 40 minutes. Fingerprints and photo’s out the way we were on the train back to Devon. Our passports arrived with our new visa’s on the Saturday by courier, Wowzer.
With our Visa’s to hand, we’re hoping to depart mid October, and are just waiting for tenants to be vetted for our property before we book our flights. The 6 months in India is pretty straight forward, so we have been busy finalising our route once we leave. We’re planning from April 2020 which direction and destinations we’ll be heading to.
Firstly, we’ll be heading through Thailand en-route to Hanoi in Vietnam, exploring the city and heading towards Ha Long Bay and Cát Bà National Park. Working our way down to the central area of Hoi An, Hue & Danang, we will hit the beaches and soak up some sun bathing weather. We’ll have a 3 month visa and hope to spend a couple of months exploring. We’ll then head down to Ho Chi Minh city before catching a flight to Singapore. After a few days there we’re off again to Bali, Indonesia.
Having explored around Bali before, we’ve settled on Sanur to base ourselves in for 2 months until August. We have made reservations at a great guesthouse we stayed at previously with a pool & breakfast delivered to your terrace each morning. It’s a great setting and location & just a few minutes from the beaches. And at £13 a night it’s very good value. It’s also a great base to explore more of Bali, with Ubud and more of Kuta on the list.
Further travel Plans
August to October our plans are still up in the air, but we are just researching Malaysia for these months. With a VOA on arrival it’s an idea and the possibility of Borneo & the Perhentian Islands could be the plan. Plenty of time before we need to decide on this and have a couple of alternate destinations.
We’re hoping to makes our way through Nepal to Kathmandu & Pokhara & eventually into Northern India around October. We have a few places to cross off our list before heading back down to our base in Goa. It should be a great first year on the road, and we’re both excited to be finally on our way, be it a year later than planned.
So much has happened in the last 18 months it will be good to finally be able to reach our goal. We can’t wait to get going on this journey. It will create memories for a lifetime. We also know that we’ll be returning to our new home in Devon as an added bonus. There’s so much more for us to explore down on the south coast.
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Welcome to Brixham Devon – our new home. We’re now based down in Brixham Devon in the south- west of the UK and we have adapted and settled quickly into our new surroundings. It’s been a hectic couple of months with straightening out our new home, and getting things up to date & ready to rent out later this year.
You name it, we’ve attacked it, from electrics, plumbing, gardening, a refitted bathroom and that’s just the start. We are slowly dragging this place into the new millennium though, and have met some great people along the way. A few now new found friends.
We couldn’t of picked a better place to call home eventually after our upcoming travels, and having explored around on a few days out. Most of our energies have mostly been on bringing our place up to speed on the living front.
The major stuff has all been completed, with just a couple of rooms to decorate and then onto the gardens for a tidy up and a re-think on a few pieces. It’s oh so quiet – just how we like it.
We have also sold our car, which has paid for most of the works we have gone ahead with. Since moving down in March, we had only managed 25 miles in 9 weeks. We really don’t need one anymore without any commutes to work, any has replenished our funds of the move and a few bits we needed to do on the place.
We haven’t been very active on our social media, but this update will show you why. In 2-4 weeks we should be out and about more. We’ll be showing whats on offer & what Brixham and it’s surrounding area’s have to offer. From Paignton, Torquay, Goodrington and Dartmouth to name a few, there’s so much to see & do in Torbay.
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The next chapter of our travel plans. Well…as I thought, the recovery from my foot operation has been over 4 months plus now, giving me plenty of time on my hands to come to the conclusion that day time TV sucks just as much as the evening! Continue reading
Just a quick thanks to our followers and first time browsers that come through our blog through 2018. We should be giving you an update soon on our upcoming travels for 2019 as the escape plan is well underway. Keep following for up-to-date info on our plans for this years epic journey. I’m hoping it inspires more folk to get out & travel more especially as our own plans have been delayed due to my operation recovery and every plan can be adapted.
On the upside, We’ve bounced back with more plans than first realised so hey, get up from the small things and head for the bigger goals you all have. This has given myself more time to research more additions to an already awesome itinerary and all will be revealed shortly. Rest assured, it’s worth the wait.
All the best for 2019 and that all your travel plans come true. There are still some epic places out there to explore that keeps our dreams alive, and to go above & beyond in reaching your goals that you’re capable of.
Well we have now moved to Brixham in south Devon on the coast and just September/October for the final push for our travels. We can’t wait and it’s awesome that our plans are finally coming together, it’s been in the making since our last adventures.
We will be updating again soon but are extremely busy renovating the new place, and the weeks are skipping by. Until next time…….check out our plans here.
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Escaping the 9 to 5 routine. We have all woken up with that feeling when you would rather be anywhere else in the world than starting out on the grind of a Monday morning for that commute to work. Once there you’re stuck behind a screen with the normal array of emails and spreadsheets to look forward to once your day begins. Continue reading
Our travel plans for our upcoming adventures are our priority most days as our departure date is ever getting closer. We’ve had our house valued and we’re just awaiting my operation date for a minor foot complaint. Continue reading
My makeup always had the genetic traveler within and I’ve been travelling on a journey all my life. The earliest memories are of being selected from my school in 1982 for a youth exchange program to Grenada at 16. This trip also included Trinidad & Tobago, Barbados and other Islands around the West Indies. Continue reading