My 2014 Travel Plans

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2014 is shaping up as another big year of travel for the Aussie on the Road. As I look to bring to a close another chapter in my life abroad by wrapping things up here in China, that means finding a new country to call ‘home’.

On top of that, I’ve got two weddings to attend on opposite sides of the world and a few trips of my own in the works.

The Philippines

In two weeks time, I’ll be heading to the Phillipines with my brothers Leigh & Dominik, Dom’s girlfriend, and one of my good mates from work, Hogg. It’ll be my first time in the Philippines and my first holiday since my one week jaunt to South Korea last October, so I’m pretty excited.

I'll be sunning myself on the Boracay beaches in a shade over a fortnight. Photo by Lister FilSan
I’ll be sunning myself on the Boracay beaches in a shade over a fortnight. Photo by Lister FilSan

I had the pleasure of traveling with my brothers (and Bronte) back in 2011 when I wrapped up my break-up tour with two extra weeks of sun, surf, and entirely too much Vonu in Fiji.

So far our plans include a week of beach bum tourism on Boracay, but beyond that it’s all pretty fluid. I’d love the chance to do some scuba diving, to see Palawan and Bohol, and to catch up with my old boss and friend, Brenden of 99 Boomerangs fame.

The United Kingdom

My next trip will be two weeks in the United Kingdom in April/May, as I’ll have the pleasure of seeing the first of my two best friends tying the knot. Dave (or Davey Gravey, as I’ll always know him) has been one of my two closest friends since he found a draft of a 17 page fantasy novella I’d accidentally left behind in a dressing room back in 1998, so it’ll be a real honour to see him marrying the equally awesome Keturah. She’s so cool that she even plays D&D with us sometimes!

Beyond being on hand for the wedding and being roughly sodomized by the UK being grossly overpriced for such a drizzly place, I’m hoping to see some of the medieval stuff that I’ve nerded out over since I was a kid. I’d also love the visit the Globe Theatre and maybe even take part in a real life zombie experience.

I'm not ashamed to admit I'm excited to see the Lakes District of the UK. Photo by Sarah Kotlova.
I’m not ashamed to admit I’m excited to see the Lakes District of the UK. Photo by Sarah Kotlova.

And with the wedding taking places in the Lakes District, I’ll finally get the chance to check out some of the things to do in the Lakes District I recommended last year.

Incidentally, I found this pretty rad comparison of London and Sydney (my former home) courtesy of Expedia.co.uk. Take a gander!Β 

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Australia

As always, Australia is going to be one of my travel destinations in 2014. It’s a rare year that I’m not home to see my friends and family, and 2014 will be no different.

My other best friend, Magro, is also tying the knot in 2014; and he’s done me the huge honour of asking me to be his best man. I’ve known Mags even longer than I’ve known Dave, so it’ll be a real pleasure to see him starting his next big adventure with the lovely Nicole. The bachelor party ought to be a hoot too…

While home, I’ll also take the chance to catch up with my family, remind my niece and nephew that I exist, and hopefully even do a little bit of travel.

Thailand

Perhaps the step I’m most excited about in 2014 is choosing my next country to live in. After 2.5 years in South Korea and two years here in China, it’s time to find my next expat challenge, and I can’t imagine a place I’d rather do that than Thailand.

I'm not going to lie, Thai food is pretty much reason #1 why I want to be in Thailand. Photo by Eddie Tone.
I’m not going to lie, Thai food is pretty much reason #1 why I want to be in Thailand. Photo by Eddie Tone.

I fell in love with the country when I visited early last year, and Chiang Mai in particular captured my imagination. The opportunity to live in such a beautiful city and network with so many other fellow travel bloggers is a hard one to resist, especially when you couple that with Thailand’s low cost of living.

The plan is to not work for a while so I can focus 100% on my blog and on my novel. Obviously I’ll need money at some point, so when that need arises, I’ll fall back on my teaching.

Burma, Laos, Cambodia, Malaysia, and Singapore

While there aren’t any concrete plans yet, there’s obviously plenty of opportunities to travel to the rest of South East Asia if I base myself out of Thailand. I’d love to get to all of the above countries at some point in the next twelve months, with Burma and Malaysia being my priorities and Cambodia being a sentimental favourite.

Your Say

There you have it! A pretty big year for Aussie on the Road travel wise. What are your travel plans and ambitions for 2014?

  • Very nice list of tips. I agree with that, Thanks for sharing

  • lyn

    Please do consider visiting Camiguin Island when you visit Philippines πŸ™‚

    • CWBush

      Aw, I wish I’d had the chance to visit. As it was, I made it to Boracay, Palawan (El Nido), and Bohol (Alona Beach). I’m coming back in September though πŸ™‚

  • travellingforfun

    That sounds like 2014 is going to be a class year. I would love to be heading to the Philippines. The country is so cool and I only got to explore a small section when I was there.

    • CWBush

      I’m hooked now that I’ve seen a little of it. I’m seriously considering making a more permanent move there when I’m done here in China.

  • Stephen S.

    Great travel plans! The Philippines is high on my list. This is my plan – I’ve been on the road ten months and making Melbourne my home base as I explore the Pacific Islands, and all everything I can see in Oz. Then thinking about heading to Europe for winter and the a road trip across Africa.

    • CWBush

      I like your plan! I’ve never made it down to Melbourne, but I hear it’s lovely. Definitely a good place to settle down and save money.

      Whereabouts in Europe and Africa are you most keen to go?

    • Top tourist spots in Philippines that locals/foreigners love: 1. Puerto Princesa, Palawan 2. Coron, Palawan 3.Boracay 4. Pagudpud, Ilocos 5. Panglao, Bohol 6. Pearl Farm, Davao 7. Siargao, Surigao del Norte Source: I’m from PH πŸ™‚

      • CWBush

        I really loved Panglao, Boracay, and El Nido. I found Pueto Princesa to be a bit underwhelming, to be honest.

        I’ll have to check out Coron, Pagudpud, Pearl Farm, and Siargo when I head back later this year!

  • Hey Chris! Wow your coming to the PH. I’m from manila and I like your reading your blog. I was in Thailand 2 weeks ago and I think I was the only asian tourist there in Koh Tao. I heard so many good reviews about Chiang Mai. Let me know if you need advice about the tourist spots in PH. You can contact me through my blog. Cheers!

    • CWBush

      Oh, nice! I’ll be in Manila two weeks from today, so would love to pick your brain for some tips!

      My mate and I have two weeks to spend after we wrap up in Boracay. We were thinking Palawan and Bohol, but I’d love any recommendations you’d care to share πŸ™‚

      • Where in Palawan? There are 3 tourist spots there. I highly recommend Puerto Princesa where you can find the famous underground river, Coron for diving, and El Nido for
        Island hopping. (most prices are fixed but you can haggle, just look around coz it’s a small town) When you’re there, try to eat crocodile meat and wood worm. (yeah I’m talking about exotic food) LOL!

        Bohol is also nice coz you will see cute tarsiers. Last October, there’s a 7.2 magnitude earthquake that hit the province so a lot of century old churches were destroyed. Chocolate hills is still up so better check that out too. Since you’re going to Boracay, here are some fun things you could do there: http://ktlifestyle.blogspot.com/2013/04/boracay-baby.html Let me know if you have other questions. ^_^

        P.S. when you take a taxi from the airport, always ask the driver to turn on the meter once u get in the car coz some taxi drivers will try to rip you off. (just a friendly reminder) πŸ™‚

        • CWBush

          I’ve got about a week to spend, so we were thinking El Nido and Puerto Princesa. So much to see and so little time!

          Thanks for the Boracay recommendations too πŸ™‚

  • Candyb12

    Can my secret timed gift be when you go the the u.k? Lol. Im obsessed with it!
    When around the year are you planning on going? I’ve always wanted to go, if it’s later in the year and my work circumstances change soon maybe I can meet up with you there! I have some friends there too!

    • I’m there for a week in April and a week in May. It’s a bit of a hit and run assault. What did you want from the UK?

    • CWBush

      I’ll just be there a week or two in late April/early May. I can’t afford any longer πŸ™

      Was there anything specific you wanted from the UK?

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