SS Maheno Fraser Island Shipwreck

March Update: How the Year Ahead Looks in Travel

With today being the first day of March (I still can’t believe how quickly the first two months of the year have flown by!) it seemed like the right time for a quick update on what I’ve been up to, where I have been and where I’m off to next.

Cannonvale Airlie Beach

Current location…paradise (also known as Cannonvale!)

My travel plans have changed (don’t they always?!) since I arrived in Australia last November and, although I do have a 12-month Working Holiday Visa, I’m going to be spending just over six months here in total (I’ll be talking about my reasons behind this on the blog very soon.) But I won’t be stopping long-term travel, or heading home to visit bonnie Scotland quite yet!  I’m very excited to announce some of my upcoming travel plans for the year ahead…

 

Australia

SS Maheno Fraser Island Shipwreck

The SS Maheno Shipwreck on Fraser Island

I’ve been in Australia for around three and a half months, and I’ve still got another three to go! I’ve tasted Aussie city life in Brisbane, explored the National Park in Noosa, hung out with the locals in Hervey Bay, experienced the magic of Mary Poppins in Maryborough, been lucky enough to visit Fraser Island on more than one occasion, learned to surf in the hippie towns of Agnes Water & 1770, sailed around the Whitsundays, snorkelled on the Great Barrier Reef and chilled out in the seaside town of Cannonvale.

Giant Green Sea Turtles Hervey Bay travel plans travel

Hanging out with the local Giant Green Sea Turtles in Hervey Bay

Over the next month, I’ll be finishing my travels around Queensland (including visits to Magnetic Island, Cairns, Port Douglas, The Daintree Rainforest and Cape Tribulation) before I head to Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Alice Springs, Darwin and finally Perth. At the start of June, I’ll be flying on to my next exciting set of destinations, which are…

 

Malaysia, Brunei & Singapore

Petronas Towers Kuala Lumpur

First stop in Malaysia – Kuala Lumpur!

Originally, when I was first planning my trip to Australia, I was told I would need either a return ticket or proof of onward travel. Not wanting to set a date for going home meant that my best option was to book the cheapest one-way ticket out of Australia available…and that just happened to be a £35 flight from Perth to Kuala Lumpur!

The Cameron Highland Malaysia

The Cameron Highlands in Malaysia

Now I couldn’t be more excited about heading to KL and exploring the rest of Malaysia. My plan is to spend some time in the capital, visit The Cameron Highlands and continue up the West Coast to Penang Island and Georgetown, before visiting the interior and Taman Negara National Park…squeezing in some snorkelling time on the east coast’s Perhentian Islands if I can. Cheap flights permitting, I’d also like to visit the sovereign state of Brunei, and the East Malaysian states of Sabah and Sarawak on the island of Borneo…with the hope of seeing orang-utans in the wild.

With Singapore also being so close, it would be crazy not to visit – and I’m excited to spend more time exploring this city-state after only stopping at the airport on layovers!

 

Sri Lanka

Fisherman in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka wasn’t somewhere that I had originally planned on visiting during this trip, but as most travellers probably know, the more people you meet and talk to, the longer the list of places you want to see becomes!

Elephants in Sri Lanka

Visiting the elephant sanctuary in Sri Lanka

I’ll be heading from Malaysia to Sri Lanka, and because I’ll be a little limited on time, I’m planning on fitting in as many of the country’s most incredible sights as possible with one of the five-day tour packages from Olanka Travels. This will take me to Kandy, Nuwaraeliya, Yala and Bentota, as well as the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage and, fingers crossed, I’ll also be able to do part of the journey on the famous train from Kandy!

 

Myanmar (Burma) – Thailand – Laos – Cambodia – Vietnam

Vietnam Travel

Travel Goals: Vietnam!

From Sri Lanka, my plan is to head to Myanmar and travel through Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam. I don’t have confirmed dates or complete travel plans for these countries yet but I’m hoping to get off the beaten (read backpacker!) track if I can!

 

The Philippines

The Philippines

I’d planned on visiting the Philippines last year, after leaving Bali and Indonesia, but with heading home to Scotland just after Christmas, I didn’t get the chance. I’m hoping to make it this year instead, and would love to spend a few weeks or more here island hopping!

 

Raja Ampat: Indonesia

Raja Ampat Indonesia

Image: Jonathan Chase

I can’t remember where I first heard or read about Raja Ampat in Indonesia but I’ve had the image of those perfect jungle-covered islands rising out of the most incredible bluey-green seas stuck in my head for a while! I’ve heard it’s one of the best places in the world for snorkelling and diving and, like all of the best places, it doesn’t sound particularly easy to get to!

So there we have it! How the year ahead is looking (so far!) in travel!

If you have a suggestions for any of these countries, I’d love to hear your recommendations! Please leave a comment below!

Fiona x

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