Planning a big travel is not an easy issue as you may imagine. We didn’t have a year or a couple to travel but just a month and a have, 56 days to be precise. And we weren’t rich (we still aren’t) so we haven’t enough time, nor money to do and see everything we’d like to do and see. But, the fact was that we could do and see a lot of things if we plan it well! And this is what this post is about: planing it well to enjoy it as much as possible!
The first thing was to start canceling places from our wishlist to remain with the ones we could afford. We wanted to see something at South-East Asia and of course something in Australia (since we’d been living in the country for 8 months without moving outside Sydney cause we were just working and saving for this big travel). But we were dreaming about visiting also New Zeland, Tazmania, Philipins… and a loooooong list.
At the end we decided the places trying to match the calendar and the cheapest flights. The best airlines we found there to match theses two things were Air Asia and Tiger. And so we took this destines at the end: Bali, North of Thailand, Cambodia and some spots in Australia as Melbourne, Adelaide, Ayers Rock (Uluru) and Cairns. We know we could have seen much more with more time or money, but we don’t regret at all our decision.
Once we had the places and the flights we had to look for where to sleep. And this isn’t easy at all. The destinations were so big (as Thailand) and we have never been there. So we used different online tools as tripadvisor (the best to know other guests opinion), laterooms.com (this one has been always useful to find the cheapest places everywhere), booking (few times)… to find places and know the point of view from other people. We even spoke with some friends in Australia that have been traveling or living in these countries.
But even if you try to organize it as well as possible, during a big travel things will change and not all the choices will come as the best ones. So, these were our accomodations, why we chose them at first, how we felt when we where there and what we think about them now:
Bali: Rumah Capungh in Ubud
- Why? We’ve heard that Ubud was the most artistic and authentic place to be in the isle and we saw that it was in the center so we though it could be easier to move from there to evere place in Bali. One friend reccomend us this houses in the middle of the rice fields cause he lived there for a couple of months.
- How was been there? The place was a dream and we felt like queen and king. But even if we rent a motorbike it wasn’t easy to move around and we hadn’t as much beach time as we had thought.
- Now? We still think it was the perfect place for what we did but if we go back we’ll have a couple of days there and then move to other place near the beach or maybe better to another island (Bali is so crowded and confusing)
- Web: http://www.vacationhomesbali.com/
Thailand: Lannathai Guest House in Chang Mai
- Now? We know now that we could have found a better (and more or less same price) place, Chang Mai was fall of hostels and more and maybe we could have found a place just there at our arrival.
- How was been there? Just ok, not the best but neither bad.
- Why? We found it on laterooms.com and thought it was really cheap and near the city center.
- Web: http://www.lannathaiguesthouse.net/
Cambodia: Angkoriana Hotel in Siem Reap
- Why? We though it was cheap and really good seeing it online.
- How was been there? It really was cheap and amazing! Huge room with huge beds, nice swimming pool, good restaurant, massage at the pool… and it was easy to move around with all the tuk tuk waiting for us at the hotel front door.
- Now? We’d go back to the same place!
- Web: http://angkorianahotel.com/
Melbourn: Nomads Hostel
- Why? Cheaper (bit not cheap… in Australia everything is expensive!) and near the center.
- How was been there? The hostel is cool, clean and with a really good ambient. Near the city center by walk.
- Now? It’s ok, we didn’t find a better place for a night at Melbourne.
- Web: Nomads Hostel
Adelaide: friend’s house
- Why? It’s so goood to have friends over the World!!!
- How was been there? Like beeing at home for a couple of days. Our friends were Italian-Australian and they made us feel like in Fulvio’s country town.
Ayers Rock: YHA Backpackers
- Why? There is only one place where you can stay in Ayers Rock, it’s an accommodation complex with 3 choices: hotel (the most expensive), hostel (a little bit cheaper in shared rooms) and camping (cheaper but you need a campervan or a tent).
- How was been there? The hostel was an authentic «dessert» place, with all this red sands all over around. We shared a room with two girls we didn’t see. We cooked our own food in the funny community kitchen and it was ok for visiting the Uluru which was our goal in this destination.
- Now? No more choices so ok!
- Web: YHA Ayers Rock
Cairns: Nomads Esplanade Hostel
- Why? We just found it online and it was «cheap» (for Australian prices).
- How was been there? Horrible! It seems cool and hippie. So dirty!!
- Now? We feel lucky for being there just for a couple of nights 🙁
- Web: http://nomadsesplanade.com.au/