We have a very general idea of where we want to go on this great worldschooling adventure. We will definitely be going to China, Thailand, Malaysia, and Singapore. Other countries that are on my radar are the Philippines, India, Sri Lanka, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand. I would really rather not have my children take any anti-malarials so that really limits our destinations. Australia and New Zealand would break the budget but I’m thinking that if we could get a cheap flight to Australia we could buy a little camper van and tour around that way. We also have quite a few friends there which would not only make the trip more interesting but cheaper.
So for now I am in the research stage, trying to decide where to go. As we plan on traveling very, very slowly I don’t want to take on too many countries. Here is the loosey goosey plan so far:
I’m thinking a month will do it. On the hit list are the Terra Cotta Warriors, Panda Bears, the Great Wall, Hong Kong, and Yangshou.
One month in Bangkok (I’m considering getting the kids’ rabies vaccine here as it would be about 1/3 of the cost of doing it in Canada) I would love to get an apartment here and take in the sights slowly because it is such an in-your-face city.
One or two months in Chiang Mai. I want to do a cooking class here and hopefully do some volunteer work with the Thai Freedom House.
Many, many months in southern Thailand lazing on the beaches, drinking fruit shakes, gorging on seafood, and admiring the sunsets.
One month in Kuala Lumpor. The first time we were in Malaysia we didn’t fall in love with it. However, our friends over at Our Travel Lifestyle have made me rethink our first impressions. It seems to have so much on offer for children: playgrounds, museums, zoos, science centres, not to mention a wonderful foodie culture. .
One month Perhentian Islands. We missed these on our last trip but I’ve heard good things about them.
A few weeks Cameran Highlands. Strawberries and tea plantations, how can we go wrong?
I’m not going to speculate on how long we will spend in Singapore. It is ridiculously expensive so it will all depend on if we can find good, cheap accommodation. I really want to take the kids to Sentosa Island to see their AMAZING aquarium, dolphin shows, light shows, train rides and all else it has to offer.
That’s as far as I have got on our planning stage. It is so hard to plan for when the departure date depends on the sale of our house. I have a feeling it will be a real scramble between the time the house sells and the time we leave.
I would love to hear your comments and suggestions. Places we shouldn’t miss? Places I should be looking at? What? You live somewhere I want to go and you have a spare bedroom and would love to be our tour guide? Definitely drop us a line!