Hi, till now I didn’t go South East Asia, so I ‘have no experience about the weather, accommodation and other things to carry during your travel. But, one thing I’ll advise on health that, If you have health related issues, you need to concern your doctor first before you go for a trip!
Have a fun and memorable trip
Nice tips you are right if you are traveling every one need to concern with the doctor take medicine from him.You are right.
I agree with that. Travelling without worrying about your health is essential. Thank you also for this advice.
Sorry for not giving specific advice...but thought it could be worth saying that when planning a grand adventure like yours it is very tempting to feel like you need to have absolutely every little thing thought through...and every little thing you THINK you might need purchased BEFORE you leave home. This can get invite a lot of stress..."Have I got everything covered? What if this or that happens? Do I really need this thing?" You will have plenty of time to become your own expert on what you need and you will have the ability to respond to your needs on the road. I guess what I'm saying is don't stress too much in the lead up to your departure! Your adventure sounds amazing..I wish my parents did something like that when I was young... All the best :-)
It sounds like you will have a great trip, and you have been given some great advice above.
On health issues, do check the websites of the countries you are visiting to know whether any medications are banned or require permission. if you have prescription meds, you should carry a letter from your GP, and in Japan, for example, you are required to get permission if you are carrying a long term supply. Also, in some countries, including Japan I think, any codeine based drug is illegal. Depending on what you are doing, some vaccinations need a course over a couple of months, so look into that early.
Japan is amazing, but if you are going to be there over any festivals, cherry blossom, golden week, you really should book accommodation in advance as it can be difficult to get. We were in Kyoto over cherry blossom time and all hostels and cheap guest houses were booked (unless you speak Japanese and can access ones that most tourists can't).
Thanks everyone for the advice.
Budgie Escapee - Yes, there is a temptation to buy everything in advance and I need to heed your advice there. Half the travel kit you see in the shops seems to be made in Vietnam, so surely you can buy it cheaper there? To be honest, I have enough to do sorting out how to do my tax return from abroad, get my house rented, sell or store possessions, extracate my kids from the education system etc. None of those things were an issue as a younger traveller, but the system has a stronger grip on me now.
Tabithag - Thanks for that advice on medication as I will be arriving in Japan with long term prescription medication. We're really looking forward to Japan, although the budget is going to take a hit if we stay too long.
Thanks again. Great website.
During your 18 month trip, I would suggest some point that you keep in mind during travel.
1. Patience Is Important
2. Stash Extra Cash
3. Meet Local People
4. Observe Daily Life
5. Take Lots Of Photos
6. Smile & Say Hello
7. Keep An Open Mind
8. Don’t Be Afraid
9. Eat Local Food
10. Keep Good Notes
11. Pack Less Stuff
12. Treat Your Body Well
13. Stay In Touch
These points are very important during travel. Because this small bit of moments will be memorable and made you happy always.
Hi Thanks you have mention great point. That we need to keep in mind while traveling.