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Feb 26

Announcing My Round The World Trip Itinerary!

My round the world trip itinerary

I’ll be honest, I never thought the time would come. Everything I’ve been working toward for the last few years is finally about to happen and it doesn’t even feel real. Two weeks ago I got on a plane and left behind my life in Korea forever, and I haven’t even wrapped my head around that fact yet. Now I’m sitting in the California sunshine, eating ALL the Mexican food and living it up with my friends; it feels like I’ve never left and I’d really like to stay a while. But whether I’m ready or not, the next adventure is here: it’s time for my round the world trip!

 

Despite my history working in the travel industry, I’m not much of a planner. I prefer to figure things out on the road by talking to people and getting a feel for a place. I like to have a flexible schedule so that if I love a place I can stay longer, or if I’m not enjoying it I can hit the road.

 

That being said, a trip of these proportions needs some kind of framework so I’ve laid out a rough itinerary and timeline. I am completely open to these plans changing as I go, and they likely will change based on people and opportunities that I come across along the way. I’ve booked flights for my first two countries, and after that I’ll make it up as I go. All I know is that I want to volunteer for at least one week in each country I visit and will possibly take on some seasonal work somewhere.

 

I’ve got $20,000 and all the time in the world, so here’s what I want to do:

 

The Philippines: March

Boracay beach

Photo credit: globogirls.com

My trip begins on world renowned beaches and the party center of the Philippines: Boracay. I’ll only be staying here for a few days as I really just wanted to see the famed white sand beaches and do a little partying while my money is still in full supply.

 

Coron-Island-Palawan

Coron Island Photo credit: http://www.asherworldturns.com/bucket-list-boracay-palawan/

 

Next I’ll fly to Palawan to meet up with one of my best friends from Korea. We’ll spend two weeks exploring El Nido and Coron. I’m so excited to dive shipwrecks, island hop, and see the breathtaking scenery.

 

Vietnam: April

Charming-Highland-Vietnam

Photo Credit: www.graylinevietnam.com

April will be spent making my way north to south through Vietnam. I’ll start in Hanoi, visiting the picturesque Halong Bay and venturing into the moutains to Sapa. After two weeks of solo travel I’ll meet up with my friend from Santa Barbara for a week in Hoi An. I can’t wait to get some custom made clothing here!

 

Cambodia: May

Cambodia temples

Photo credit: www.ttrweekly.com

This is where my plans start getting fuzzy. Obviously I’ll visit Angkor Wat but I’m looking forward to exploring some of the lesser known countryside and doing some diving and relaxing on beaches. 

 

 

Thailand, Laos, Myanmar: June-August

Thailand beach

Photo Credit: www.mythailandholiday.net

I’ll have to figure out the order of these once I’m on the road. It’s the hot and rainy season in many places so weather will play a large role in deciding where to go. I am strongly leaning toward renting a flat in Chiang Mai in northern Thailand for about a month to avoid getting travel burnout. But I’m so excited for the beaches, waterfalls, and adventures these places offer.

Indonesia: September

viceroy-bali-spa-woman

Photo Credit: theluxtraveller.com

I fell in love with Bali a couple years ago when I visited and I’ve been dying to go back. I convinced my dad and stepmom to fly out for the month and meet me there (yeah, I really had to twist their arms…) so we’ll spend some time scuba diving, island hopping, and getting lots of Balinese massages.

 

 

New Zealand: October- December

NewZealand flowers

Photo credit: puertosalud.com

Around this time my bank account might need a little replenishing so I’d like to get a seasonal job. I’d originally thought about going to Australia and doing the working holiday visa, but the visa costs around $400 and decent work can take a while to find. New Zealand, however, offers a free working holiday visa and I’ve heard work can be easier to come by. Not to mention New Zealand looks freaking AMAZING! It will be nice to explore peaceful, wide open spaces after the chaos of Southeast Asia.

South Africa: Christmas

South africa wine country

Photo Credit: www.lefranschhoek.co.za

Chelyn, one of my best friends from Korea is from South Africa and she’s invited me to spend Christmas with her family in a beach house. How could I pass that up?! We’ll spend some time exploring her home of Capetown and drinking lots of delicious South African wine.

 

Zanzibar: January

zanzibar

Photo Credit: adventure.nationalgeographic.com

I don’t know much about this place other than it’s a small island off the coast of Tanzania and the photos look breathtaking. Chelyn wants to go there for a vacation so I’m going to join her for some relaxing beach time.

 

Kenya: February

kenya_safari-elephant_amboseli

Photo Credit: www.atelier-africa.com

One of my friends grew up in Kenya and still has lots of family there so since I’ll already be close (Kenya is just above Tanzania) I might head there to stay with her family. Hopefully I’ll find a way to afford a safari!

 

India: March-April

heritage-of-india

Photo Credit: www.maharajas-express-india.com

I’ve always enjoyed yoga and I’m really interested in exploring the practice further and learning more about the spiritual side so I’m going to do a 6-week yoga teacher certification course in Rishikesh. A friend recommended a certain place and it’s quite affordable so I’m going to devote 6 weeks to learning more about yoga–and getting into the best shape of my life! Afterwards I’ll spend a few weeks traveling around India, hopefully with people I’ll meet in the program.

 

Western Europe: May-June

Scotland

Photo Credit: alumni.umich.edu

One of my close friends lives in Scotland, and I have several other friends who live in England and Ireland so I’d like to pay them all a visit. Bring on the castles!

 

Brazil: July

rio-de-janeiro-statue-wallpaper

Photo Credit: coverhdwallpapers.com

Europe was originally my final destination for this trip, but then my friends from Korea suggested a summertime reunion in Brazil. It’ll be my 30th birthday–GULP–so I figure I should probably spend it somewhere cool, so Brazil it is! I’m going to have to start working on my booty now to rock those cheeky Brazilian bikinis!

And that’s the plan! What do you think? Suggestions and travel tips are always welcome!

 

 

  • Wooo!! So excited for you Kaleena! Can’t wait to follow along.

    • KaleenasKaleidoscope

      Thanks Heather! Hope the needle felting is going well! 😉

  • I am so, so excited for you! Can’t wait to read about your adventures and maybe our paths will cross somewhere in 2016 🙂

    • KaleenasKaleidoscope

      Thanks! Yes, I really hope we can meet up someday! Will you be in Asia at all this year?

      • Yeah! I’m flying to Bangkok mid-October for TBEX and I should be around until Januaryish before going to Australia.

  • Wow! What an amazing trip you have planned. This seriously just sounds so wonderful. Can’t wait to follow along with your adventures:)

    • KaleenasKaleidoscope

      Thanks! I’m so excited. I forgot to add Iceland to the list, so maybe I’ll see you there! 🙂

  • Amazing. That’s like a dream RTW trip. (Obviously, I have to recommend taking a trip to my homeland, Wales, when you visit the UK. You don’t want to miss that if you’re doing Scotland, Ireland and England. 😉 haha)

    But, seriously, I can’t wait to read all about these adventures.

    • KaleenasKaleidoscope

      Yes, I have some friends in Wales so I also want to try to get there! You’ll have to send me your recommendations! 🙂

  • Wow this is amazing!! I just found your blog and will be bookmarking your page 🙂 I am moving to NZ in June so maybe we will see each other when you come in October!

    • KaleenasKaleidoscope

      Thanks Kailey! A move to NZ sounds so exciting! What will you be doing there? We will definitely have to meet up! Oh, and I loved that Harry Potter shirt on instagram today 😉

  • Ella

    This sounds amazing! I’m sure you’ll have loads of fun and I can’t wait to read about it 🙂 By the way, Kenya is absolutely beautiful and has some of the friendliest people. I miss it constantly haha

    • KaleenasKaleidoscope

      Thanks! I’m glad you say that because so many other people are like “DON’T go to Kenya” and I was beginning to be persuaded. Now I’ll still give it a chance! 🙂

  • Holy freaking cow this is amazing!! Too bad you won’t be in Thailand in October…Amanda and I will be there then. Damn! If you want any ideas on SE Asia let me know. IMO skip Myanmar….especially if you are tired and in your gut honestly just want to chill and meet friends. I found it to be more difficult than it was worth….but hey, many people disagree. Also, once Brazil rolls around I’ll be sure to have lots of pointers for you. ENJOY!!!!!

    • KaleenasKaleidoscope

      Thanks! Yeah, I’m bummed that I’ll just miss you guys, but then again plans could change! 😉 I feel like it’s time I finally met y’all in person, is it weird that I have FOMO that you guys are gonna be hanging out? Haha. Thanks for the tip on Myanmar, I’ll keep that in mind… And can’t wait to hear more about your Brazil trip!!

  • looks great! el nido is an amazing place to start your trip!

    • KaleenasKaleidoscope

      Thanks! I’m in Boracay now, can’t wait to get to El Nido!

  • Miquel

    This looks absolutely amazing! Can’t want to follow along with you!

    • KaleenasKaleidoscope

      Thanks! It should be quite the trip! 🙂

  • Oh my god, I’m so excited for you! This itinerary looks amazing!

    • Thank you! Itinerary will probably change but it’s all pretty awesome 🙂