“For tomorrow belongs to the people that plan for it today.” African Proverb.

When we decided to quit our jobs to travel, a whole world of opportunity was presented to us. With all of this choice, how do you decide where and how to travel? With great difficulty, that’s how. Pretty early we decided that we wanted to travel slow and deliberately. To travel not only to the tourist attractions but to all of the places in between. Cycling is the perfect fit. Travelling at 13 miles an hour will allow us to make some progress but also get a real sense of the environment we will be travelling through.

Deciding on the route was more difficult. We were keen to fly somewhere and start our adventure there. There is something about being dropped into a strange land that makes the journey seem even more exciting.

We whittled down our starting location to either South America or South East Asia. On the basis of cost, South East Asia just pipped it. South America will have to wait for another day for now.

Three Phase Journey

We are splitting the journey into 3 phases.

  • Phase One: South East Asia, taking us from Singapore to Vietnam.
  • Phase Two: China, South Korea and Japan.
  • Phase Three: The USA and Europe.

From South East Asia we wanted to continue East. China, Korea and Japan excite us. We have never been to this region so it will be a completely new experience. 

This plan will inevitably change. The acquisition of visa’s, our cycling progress and unexpected challenges await. The Chinese visa is one that is likely to be the most difficult to obtain. The internet is our friend and so far we have found this information on obtaining a Chinese Visa in Vietnam useful. If anybody has any further information on obtaining Chinese visas, particularly getting one that will allow us to spend six weeks in the country, please leave a comment.

Cycling across the USA in three months will be a challenge. By then we will have been cycling for nine months and should be feeling strong. Time will tell. I would rather take it slow and enjoy the trip than turn it into a race. 

We are also looking forward to finishing our journey in Portugal, Spain and France. I have visited all three of these countries on a number of occasions but never in the areas we are planning to cycle through. 

Planning the budget

Knowing how much it will cost in each country is difficult to predict. I have found the website http://www.budgetyourtrip.com/ to be useful for getting a rough guide. We will be carrying tents and cooking equipment so our costs will be reduced. It will be interesting to see how accurate this plan is.

The Plan (as it stands)

“In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.”
Dwight D. Eisenhower

Here is our Plan on a Page. It is work in progress but it is a start. Click on the image below to see it in a larger format.

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