As another year closes and a new one begins, we look back on our year and start to make a travel itinerary for the next. Travel is our focus, so we have thought up tons of different travel itineraries and plans for 2018. After much thought and consideration, we have finally chosen where we will be heading next!
2017 Travel Highlights
2017 was a great year of travel for us. Before we tell you what’s in store for 2018, lets quickly throw back to our 2017 travel highlights.
We kicked off our year with a foodie’s trip to Taiwan, where we immersed ourselves into the food markets, sights and nightlife.
Shortly after, we made a return trip to our favourite place in Vietnam; DaLat. Here we took in the fresh air and cruised through stunning mountains and lush green fields on a motorbike.
We then explored the craziness of China, hiked the Great Wall and awed at cute Pandas in Chengdu.
After the highs (and some lows) of China, we boarded part of the famous Tran Siberian rail into Mongolia. Here, we got in touch with local culture and the nomadic lifestyle. We were lucky enough to be there during the time of the National Naadam festival. The Naadam festival is a MUST DO in Mongolia, so be sure to plan your trip during this time.
We spent some time in South Korea, where we sampled famous Korean foods, connected with locals and tried couch surfing for the first time. Through couch surfing, we were able to see firsthand the generosity of South Korean people and have many unforgettable experiences.
Finally, we ended our 4-month trip hitchhiking through Japan. In Japan we saw the weird, the wonderful and everything in between. From drinking Sake in Piss Alley with a bunch of Japanese business men, to feeding deer in Nara. We loved it all!
After all of that, you may think that our travels for 2017 would be over! However, we had to squeeze in just one last trip before the year ended. What better way to end the year than with a trip back to the UK to spend Christmas with family and Friends.
Travel Itinerary Planning Stages for 2018
For those of you who know us well enough, you will know that our plans change more than we change our underwear! Seriously, we must have already made travel itineraries and plans for almost every corner of the Earth, only to change our minds a month or two later. At first, we thought our big trip this year would be through Australia but that quickly changed to India, Sri Lanka, Nepal and the Maldives. After realizing that we should save these nearby countries for when we have a few weeks off work, I spent weeks upon weeks making the ultimate itinerary for backpacking South America.
After having our hearts set on South America for months, we unfortunately concluded that due to our trip to the UK our savings may not be as good as we initially intended. Therefore, I took the executive decision to postpone the South America trip for a later date out of fear we may not enjoy it as much as we could with a very tight budget. So where are we going? Here goes….
Travel Itinerary Finalised
Without further ado, here is our finalized travel plans for 2018 – well, the first half of it anyway.
We will kick-start our year with a break to Indonesia in February. We will island hop from the cultural island of Java through to the beautiful island of Bali before finishing up in the stunning island of Lombok.
In April we will begin this year’s “big” trip through 19 Eastern European countries. Now this time last year, we would have never have thought of doing a huge trip through Eastern Europe; but after making our Instagram account and seeing tons of stunning pictures of the art, architecture, landscapes, history and delicious foods, I have been more than inspired to visit this corner of the Earth. I cannot tell you how excited we are to marvel at the Acropolis of Athens, be taken in by the stunning emerald Plitvice lakes, party our way through Serbia and to explore the many fairytale-like castles dotted around Romania.
We will begin our trip by flying into Athens and embarking our way through the Balkans. From Athens, we will eventually work our way overland into Slovenia before doubling back into Serbia. We used this great guide to backpacking the Balkans by My Funky Travel.
After that we will fly to Slovakia and journey through the Baltic region, ending in Estonia. From Estonia, we plan to fly to Belarus and work our way down through Ukraine, Romania and Bulgaria. Once we reach Bulgaria we hope to end this epic Eastern Europe travel itinerary by meeting up with family. The plan is to spend some time relaxing on the beaches of Sunny Beach resort.
For now, that is as much as we have planned for our 2018 travel itinerary. That should take us up until September. After that, the book of 2018 is still very much unwritten. We wish you all a Happy New Year and may you have many more adventures and travels to come. If anyone has any tips or must see’s for Eastern Europe, please drop a comment below 😊
Are you still making a travel itinerary for 2018 and need some inspiration? Check out this great guide of top 10 places by category; from culture to beach and everything in between.