Researching an extended trip

How to Plan an Extended Trip?

It was harder and yet easier than I thought it would be. I used multiple resources for my research in this trip.

Sites and Resources Used

  • Southeast Asia by Lonely Planet
  • Hostelworld
  • Dive Booker
  • Google
  • Kayak
  • Google flights
  • Blog sites for tips

The hardest part is trying to figure out how long you want to stay.

  • Write everything down in a calendar
  • Keep all emails in a file
  • Print out copies and keep it in a binder
Southeast Asia Lonely Planet on a shoestring
Write everything into a calendar
Print everything off and clearly label it
Research material

My collection of helpful apps

Lessons Learned

  • Pack less.
  • Don’t lose your phone overseas
  • Plan less, go with the flow
  • Don’t bring guide books, buy them for your kindle. They add unnecessary weight.
  • Bring 2 accessories for camera. 2 battery chargers, extra O-ring etc… It’s difficult to find in some places.
  • Have extra money for crazy mishaps. Maybe 1,000 to 2,000 over your budget.
  • Carry emergency money
  • Spend a little more for comfort
  • Keep checked in luggage 20 kilos or less
  • Carry-all cameras and batteries in your carry-on bag

Biggest Lesson Learned

Toss it all out and go with the flow.  Pick and few places and hop on the plane.  Decide later where you want to go.  If you hate it leave early!  If you love it stay longer!

Most of all have fun 🙂

My favorite pictures from my 6 month Asia trip.