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BOOKED!

Bring it on!

The third time of seeing the flights infant of my on my mac screen i did it. It was gone 11pm and i just thought do it. I was doing it alone but when else was i going to have the opportunity to do such an adventure. Its not very often i get time to have time to myself and being alone for three months in Iceland i did wonder whether another two and half weeks is really something i wanted to do but i grabbed the chance while i can and going. Sri Lanka, Bangkok and Cambodia. My hashtag would be #SriBangDia.

So SriBanDia was booked and i started to researched the different cities to visit. I looked at different parts of Sri Lanka and realised it was monsoon season on the West side of the Island, brilliant, but perfect time to visit the East side. Decision made. I was to travel across Sri Lanka stopping off at different parts. The more i researched Sri Lanka the more i fell in love with the country. Laid back, hot, beautiful and most importantly far away from my comfort zone.

I would fly London to Dubai, little transfer then onto Colombo. From there I'll be heading to Kandy with a small stop at the Elephant Orphanage. The idea of seeing elephants up close and personal made my heart flutter. A few days in Kandy then onto Ella by train - which is supposedly the most scenic train ride in the world! - then to Arugman Bay from a few days on the beach. Sounds pretty incredible and i can't wait!

From there, I'd head back to Colombo and fly over for one night in Bangkok. I'll probably keep it low key and calm in Bangkok. I know full well i may have the urge to head into the city at night but I once visit Bangkok so this trip is prodominantly about Sri Lanka and Cambodia. Saying that, I want to make the most of the trip so i may jump on the river cruise once i arrive.... who knows! The travel mind set already setting in it seems!

Cambodia. One week. Three cities. Culteral extravaganza! Siem Reap, Sihanoukville and Phnom Penh.

Its the mammoth journey home from there!

Thats the outline. I've booked as much as i can. I have my dollars ready. Keeping an open mind and whatever happens now happens.

Bring it on i say!

Posted by Tribuzio 11:01 Tagged me london travel cambodia thailand phnom_penh siem_reap bangkok dubai uk traveller planning sri_lanka sihanoukville kandy solo gatwick booked ella arugman_bay Comments (0)

Brainstorm, book and go!

Prepping

sunny 10 °C
View Gap fortnight and half ! on Tribuzio's travel map.

===Who'd have thought I would actually book it....===

After long conversations with my closest friends and family I was ready to book my first long distance, travelling, holiday, alone. I had no idea where i wanted to go or what i wanted to see so my friend Will and I poured a vodka tonic and brainstormed ideas and places. I got a pang to go to Cambodia after hearing Will's stories so looked into going to Asia and built from there.

I'm currently in Iceland working and i have to admit its made me realise i need to travel much more than i do. When i say travel i mean, backpack on, forget the designer gear and get out there and explore. I've always WANTED to but work commitments have sadly taken over and I've never had the chance. I know its 'only' two and a half weeks, but still, its a start right...!

So back to prepping, I wanted to be taken out of my comfort zone. When it comes to travelling I'm normally the 5 star, all inclusive kind of guy so for me to even contemplate heading to a place without endless supply of first world amenities made certain people laugh - i don't know why, i can go a few days without a nice hot power shower or a bowl of pasta can't i??! Anyway, I wanted to open up my eyes to a world outside of the world i live in.

After a few more vodka tonics and a few laughs, prodominately at my lack of geography knowledge, i had decided on adding Sri Lanka to my list of places to see. No idea why, i have never even thought about Sri Lanka never mind about spending time there - I thought it was in the Caribbean... yeah i know. It was going to be my first stop, a first taster of whats to come during my travelling trip.

So I logged on to STA travel - plug they company seen as there's some pretty impressive deals on there! - and I had my flights staring infront of me, i just needed to press confirm and pay.

UK -> Sri Lanka -> Thailand -> Cambodia -> UK. Looked pretty on screen. Just do it I kept saying to myself but something just said wait and hold on a second, prepare more, research more. What i didn't think about was how jet lag would effect me, how long to stay in each place - i mean am i doing too much? Where would I stay in each country... ahhh so many questions! My 'adult' pressure started creeping up...

Too overwhelming for one night so I shut my laptop screen, finished off my fourth vodka tonic, popped my eye on and fell asleep...

Posted by Tribuzio 13:29 Archived in Iceland Tagged me beach travel adventure world asia questions where iceland brainstorm best_friend comfort_zone Comments (0)

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