My Plans for 2013


If I have scheduled this post correctly it should be published around 11am new years day. So how was everyone’s New Years, did we all have a good time on some exotic beach in the middle of nowhere, maybe you took a number of flights across time zones in order to celebrate it more than once?


2013 is going to be a big year in my life. There is a lot of stuff that will be coming to an end and hopefully something much better just about to begin, my travels.

Masters Degree First of all this will be the last year I will be considered a student. Ever since the age of 4 I have been in some form of education from primary school to high school, Sixth form college to University. I am now in the final year of my Masters Degree and have 2013 to write and present my final dissertation (Its taken me a little longer to finish University as I have been studying part-time whilst also working 4 days a week). It’s going to be extremely hard but at the end of it I know I will have something that can never be taken away from me and with my type of Degree (its engineering based) I should hopefully be able to find well paid work in many different countries, if this is something I choose to do in the future (another post just waiting to happen).

english moneySecondly this is the year in which I need to start seriously putting plans in place in order to make my long-term travelling dream a reality. Step 1 – create a travel blog to keep me inspired, is already underway and going rather well if I do say so myself. Now I just need to follow through with some of my other goals, such as saving as much money as possible, selling off all unnecessary items I own and deciding what to do with my flat.


Travel PlansLastly there is my travels themselves to research and plan. I have next to no idea about prices, visas, what things there is to do in each place, the currency I would need, RTW plane tickets, backpacks, what to take, where to stay etc. The list is virtually endless but each time I research some more information I will be sharing it here on my blog and hopefully by this time next year I will have a solid travel plan in place. Again any comments that will help me to plan my travels would be appreciated.


2013 is definitely going to be a big year for me. I would love to hear about your plans for 2013 as well so leave me a comment below.

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  6. Vicky

    Sounds like a very exciting year indeed! Great list of destinations planned already! We have been to Japan and China already so let us know if you have any questions! Our plan is to keep on traveling through South East Asia until the summer time and then head to Western Europe with a winter in India and Nepal!

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      J from Travel on Inspiration

      Hi Vicky, thank you for the comment.

      I have actually been reading your blog religously over the last couple of nights and I am up to your December posts in your archives now, so nearly there.

      It has been great to read how you have gone from the planning stages to now actually travelling, its inspired me a lot.

      One question I do have for Japan, South Korea and China is how have you handled the Visa requirements. I only ask because I have been reading a lot lately that some airlines will not let you fly without an exit ticket booked for the country. Have you had exit tickets booked for each destination so far?

  7. Kim - Wright2Travel

    What an exciting year ahead and what big decisions on the horizon. Your top five is so interesting
    Japan – we have never been but it is on our must visit lits also!
    Australia –We call home and can vouch for what an amazing country it is – although it is VERY expensive. Try one way campervan relocations as I know Greyhound buses can be crazy expensive.
    Easter Island – Was on our itinerary for 2012 however we dropped it when we realised how expensive it is to get there. So be prepared and keep an eye out well in advance for a flight sale.
    Philippines – We have not been but would love to go as we LOVED south east Asia.
    China – The Great Wall and Terracotta army are both absolutely worth it. China was an incredible country that totally exceeded our expectations. We can also highly recommend a small town called Dali in the south and also the Tiger Leaping Gorge hike.

    The key for us was to decide the approximate length of our trip then have a basic itinerary to allow us to know visa requirements but also an itinerary that was flexible.

    We found South East Asia the cheapest by far of all the continents we visited and we fell in love with the people, culture and sights.

    Any questions on anything feel free to flick us an email 🙂

    Dream it, believe in it and just do it!

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      J from Travel on Inspiration

      Hi Kim, thanks for your feedback. I know a lot of my top 5 is going to be too expensive to visit in one trip but one day I hope to visit each one.

      I think your right about figuring out the approximate length of my trip and then make a basic itinerary around that and also leave some room for flexibility.

      Thanks for the recommendations about China, I am really just at the very start of my planning process but will definately look into them.

      Regards J

  8. Travel is Free

    Japan first is a good idea. You won’t cry every time you spend more than a buck. And more than a buck it is, when we first visited Tokyo my wife said, “Japan makes the US look like China.” :-p

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      J from Travel on Inspiration

      I have been to the US a number of times on more conventional vacations and I know that can be expensive, so I am expecting to spend quite a bit in Japan. I would only go for 1 maybe 2 weeks before moving on so hopefully it should keep costs to a down a bit.

  9. Travel Is Free

    In my humble opinion. When freedom hits, buy a ticket and go! I’ve been to all the places on your list (except the Philippines) and can vouch that Southeast Asia is super cheap! I mean REAL cheap (Japan is NOT, btw). Anyways, save some money, buy a one-way (though I realize when paying cash that it’s sometimes the same price as a roundtrip), or a moveable ticket (with a small fee) and go.
    Currency you get from the ATM, bags are all the same, theres a $8 hotel on every block, and what’s there to do that doesn’t feel like exploring when you don’t know the language yet?!

    my $.02, I sincerely hope you get to knock off all 5 this year.

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