Itinerary Issues

When you say you’re going on a six month trip it sounds like a long time. It sounds like you could just take it easy, travel slowly and see everything you want to. Then you start allocating months and weeks to places and it rapidly fills up. Then you cut places out (Bali, Sri Lanka, Oman) and then you try and fit the remaining countries in to the weeks you have. Then you remember you’ll be travelling with two small children and you realise you’ll have to cut out even more places within those countries that remain on the list.

Then I go around in circles thinking ah, let’s just wing it when we get there and decide where we feel like going once we arrive. While the other half of me says plan! plan! fit! all! the places! in! Then I remember the two small children again.

In our pre-children travel days we used to spend about three nights in most places. Three nights gives two full days and some half days to see a place. This worked on our South East Asia trip. Some places we stayed longer but no more than four or five nights. This is not going to work on this trip. When you factor in the kids, and rests, and what you can reasonably fit in to one day, as well as long travel days, it makes more sense to spend longer in fewer places. They might be able handle a short stretch of frequent town changes if we then stop for a week or so somewhere.

You may have gathered from Sunday’s list that I’m focused on Malaysia at the moment. It’s where we’ll start and somewhere we haven’t really been before (except for our honeymoon in Sarawak and Kuala Lumpur). So I’m looking at maps and researching places and distances and travel times and figuring out what we might be able to handle. While the other half of me says just arrive and decide from there! I guess there needs to be a balance. Oh well, the planning is half the fun!


2 Responses to “Itinerary Issues”

  1. 1 Neroli Foster January 16, 2013 at 8:24 pm

    Hi Madeleine, I’d have to agree that planning is half the fun, but I’ve found that winging it (in an iformed kind of way) is even more fun. Unlike to research all the possibilities and then go as we please.

    We spent a month backpacking with the kids in Eastern Europe when they were 5 and 3. We had our flights in and out and I had a basic route plan, but nothing booked.

    We travelled by public transport. Rob and I had a backpack each and the kids had their own bags they had to pull along. We didn’t really do things much differently than when we travelled without them.

    We walked all day, we ate out, we ran for buses, we got lost in the rain, we found hotels on the day, we saw the sites. The kids loved it. Their biggest issue was not being able to be bossy to the kids in the playground.

    You’ll have a great time.


    • 2 Madeline January 17, 2013 at 2:40 pm

      Hi Neroli, thank you for this comment! I think the way to go will be to book the flight, book the first few night’s accommodation and go from there with a rough idea in mind. Just have to let go of my overplanning tendancies!

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