This was definitely the most fun part of the planning. We are being hosted by the College of Ecology and Evolution at Sun Yat-Sen University. Their generosity and helpfulness have been way beyond our expectations. They have secured us a spacious apartment walking distance to the university. They took it one step further and renovated the apartment and filled it with everything that we will need. Because of that, I haven’t needed to plan anything on that end. I haven’t even had to worry. Which again, if you know me, I worry. About everything.
So without having anything to worry, I naturally turned to my other favorite pastime – planning. Planning for all the fun trips we would take from China of course. I bought guidebooks, read travel review sites, followed travel blogs and put together a list of countries along with the most ideal months to visit.
So here it is folks, our tentative and ambitious travel itinerary for our year away from home:
September – China and Hong Kong
October – Vietnam
November – Burma (after much research we decided it was not ideal for us to visit this time around) Thailand
December – Cambodia (running the Angkor Wat half-marathon, woohoo!)
January – Japan
February – Laos
March – Malaysia and Indonesia
April – Borneo
May – Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan; followed by our departure from Asia to New Zealand
June – Australia
July – TBD
Spread in between these big trips will be smaller trips to explore other parts of China. Isn’t this list totally epic?