I am using the more is less approach to planning for this trip but I do have a few key places I want to visit and events I want to partake in. Below is a rough list of the countries I want to travel to in the first year. I’ve also included a map of the key events.
Phase One – South East Asia
Basically a holiday with a bit of family history thrown in
8th April 2013 – Depart from Perth
25th April 2013 – ANZAC Day at the Thanbyuzayat POW Cemetary (site of my Great Uncle’s grave – see map below)
Phase Two – South Asia and the Middle East
A mix of backpacking, couchsurfing and volunteer work
Israel and the Palestinian Territories
25th December 2013 – Christmas in Bethlehem
31st December 2013 – New Years in Tel Aviv
Phase Three – The Caucuses and Eastern Europe
Again a mix of travel styles with the Sochi Winter Games a key focus
7th February 2014 – Sochi Winter Olympics
And that is as far as I have planned. I’m keen to make my way through Europe and spend some time in the States but it will all depend on my bank balance and my sanity!