I can’t believe I am already over a week into my big international trip! I have been thinking about it a lot the last few months, and realized that I hadn’t really told you guys what our plans were, other than a casual mention here and there.
Although I am pretty much always traveling – I am in year five of living nomadically – we tend to travel most of the year within the US.
Toby works about eight to nine months of the year building festivals and events around the country, and since July last year until April this year, I was going through the process of getting my green card, which meant that we weren’t able to do our winter international trip last year.
That’s why we are traveling for six months this winter, rather than our regular two – three months.
Now that Toby’s jobs are all over for the year and I have my green card, we are finally ready to do an epic international trip again, and we have been looking forward to this one for a long time!
So without further ado, here is our 6-month travel itinerary:
6 Month Travel Itinerary
End of October: Hawaii
I left the US to start the trip on the 29th October, and spent two nights in Waikiki to break up the otherwise long flight to Sydney.
I only had one day there so spent it relaxing at the beach, enjoying fish and chips and a lava flow cocktail overlooking Waikiki Beach, and eating Leonard’s famous malasadas – it was great to be back, if only for a short while.
November – December: Australia and New Zealand
On the 1st November I landed in Sydney where I spent six nights visiting friends, returning to my favorite haunts from when I lived there, and beach-hopping and hiking. I love visiting Sydney in spring because the jacaranda trees are blooming all over the city and it is so pretty.
From Sydney, I flew home to New Zealand – my first time back in 16 months – which is where I am now.
Toby was meant to be joining me here but we found out his visa was going to take months longer than we originally thought, so we changed our plans around, and I will be spending four weeks here before joining Toby in Asia, visiting friends and family in Auckland, Tauranga, Hamilton, Matakana, and Rotorua.
Me and my bestie Kurt are also planning to do a little road trip through Taranaki, spending two days hiking the Pouakai Circuit in Egmont National Park, then visiting a friend in Tokoroa and visiting the stunning Blue Spring in Putaruru.
December – January: Thailand and Laos
We were originally meant to be spending this time traveling around the South Island of New Zealand, but I am excited to return to Thailand to visit one of my last countries in Southeast Asia – Laos.
We start our time in Bangkok at the beginning of December for a week, where I have to get more work done on my teeth. From there we want to visit Koh Kood, Koh Mak, and Koh Chang, meant to be home to the most beautiful beaches in Thailand, then after a possible return to Bangkok to have stitches cut out, we will fly up to Luang Prabang in Laos, working our way south to Cambodia.
I can’t wait!
January – February: India
India has been on my travel radar for a very long time, and we are finally going there for a month from mid-January!
The plan is to be super tourists and visit Rajasthan, Delhi, Varanasi and Agra for our first visit, but as we have a whole month I am hoping we can get a bit off the beaten path in this region.
In Rajasthan, we want to take trains between Jaipur, Udaipur, Bundi, Jaisalmer, Jodphur, Pushkar, the Great Thar Desert, and Ranthambore National Park. If you have any other places we have to visit in Rajasthan – please let me know!
My Dad is going to join us for the whole month, and my brother-in-law is planning to meet up with us at some point too.
February – March: Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka is another country that I have been wanting to visit for a long time and we are finally making it there! I want to travel all over the country, visiting historic sites, beautiful beaches, tea plantations, and mountain villages.
I am yet to start my real travel planning for Sri Lanka but know a few key places I want to visit including Kandy, Ella, Galle and Sigiriya.
As you can get two one month visas for India pretty easily these days, we thought we would return to celebrate Holi after our time in Sri Lanka for around ten days to two weeks.
I have heard that the Holi celebrations around Goa are pretty great so we will probably explore some of the more chilled beaches there, then head east to Hampi, an ancient village and UNESCO World Heritage site that is full of temples.
March – April: Nepal
Our month to six weeks in Nepal will be all about hiking – well mostly. I want to do at least two weeks of the Annapurna Circuit, if not the full three weeks, which will take us between mountain villages and stunning scenery in the Himalayas.
I am also interested in doing the Poon Hill hike while we are there, but that will depend on how we are feeling after the Circuit!
Along with hiking the Circuit, I am also looking forward to experiencing chaotic Kathmandu and chilled Pokhara.
May: Hong Kong and Macau
We should be finishing up in Nepal around the end of April or beginning of May and looking to fly back to the US. From what I have seen, a lot of the flights from Kathmandu into the US are through Hong Kong, so depending on the state of affairs there in May, I want to add a one-week stopover there.
While in Hong Kong, I would also like to spend a day or more in Macau but we will see.
So that’s it, our travel plans for the next six months! To say I am excited is an understatement – it already feels good to be back out on the road.
If you are planning your own extended trip, make sure you get travel and health insurance. Safety Wing is my go-to and they are cheap and easy to claim with – it also auto renews every month unless you turn it off so you don’t have to think about it.
Check out my Travel Itineraries and Bucket Lists for further inspiration: