Hello from London - Finally doing the Dream

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1. Posted by anoopno1 (Budding Member 12 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Hi my names Anoop, and live in the UK - London.
London’s an ok place, and most probably is everything you heard of it and more.

But I'am finally breaking free and am doing the dream of travelling around the world. My chosen route which I've booked is: London - Japan - Bangkok travelling over ground to Laos into Vietnam down to Cambodia into Thailand and down to Singapore - Melbourne over ground to Sydney - Christchurch over ground to Auckland - Fiji - LA - Then the dreaded trip home back to London.

Its my first major trip I’am going to make by my self, but done trips with a mate to Rio, Miami, Cancun, Traveled to a few European destinations a fair few times, but they were all pre booked knowing where I’am going etc, so I’am feeling many emotions about this adventure!!! (also been to india many of times as thats were my parent are from!)

Just a curious question which I’am sure has happened, but have people been given opportunities whilst on there travel to stay there on a more permanent Basis like New Zeeland (as this is the place where I’am going to spend most of my time and wish to stay if possible)...

What opportunity did you get?, how did you manage to make it more permanent? etc.

Just also want to say this has got to be one of the most helpful easiest site and friendliest sites I have ever been joined to.

Thank you!!:)

2. Posted by FionaNZ (Respected Member 903 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Welcome to TP Anoop, your trip sounds fantastic, you will have a ball.. & you will definately want to stay in NZ when you get here

3. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Welcome to travellerspoint Anoop!
(Maybe if you propose to Fiona, you could stay in NZ ;) )
kidding! Just kidding!
I do hope you have a great trip! And you will have to tell us all about it! :)

4. Posted by FionaNZ (Respected Member 903 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

I'm not the marrying kind CC

5. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Kidding woman! Just kidding! You know I think your the cat's pajamas!

6. Posted by maba (Inactive 227 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

G'day Anoop,
Can I suggest you split your itinerary into the different areas and post each separately so the relevant travel helpers can respond in more detail.
The leg between Melbourne & Sydney allows for a few options, depending on what time of year, the ammount of time you have allowed and what you like to see. If you stay in Melbourne there are many attractions and day trips as will be the case in Sydney. Of course takem the opportuinyy to see our native flora (mountain Ash, Eucalypts etc.) & fauna (Kangaroo, Platypus, Koala, Echidna and more).

Here are a few options on the routes Melb - Syd.
1. Take the Bass Highway (S/E) and coast roads and drop into Phillip Island and the towns on the way, plenty of beaches and scenery on this route also visit 'Wilsons Prometory'.

2. Take the Princes Highway East, it joins up with the coast road (see 1) at the town of Sale. On to the Lakes Entrance on the 'Gippsland Lakes', Mallacoota. Then cross the border into NSW. The South Coast has many seaside locations of interest. Or, go inland through Canberra (the National Capital)

3. Take the most direct route, the 'Hume Highway' some interesting stops if you zig zag and visit the towns which are now bypassed. Even a detour to Bright in the high country would be worth a visit. The main city is on the Hume, is Albury/Wodonga a 'dual' city spanning the border of Victoria & NSW on the Murray River.

4. Go inland heading North of Melbourne to Echuca (tourist river port with paddle steamers) then cut across East to Sydney via the Blue Mountains (spectacular).

5. Probably not really practical but you could consider travelling through central Victoria to Mildura (N/W)to Broken Hill (look @ a map) then to Sydney, maybe consider the train for something different. This route gives you a sample of the 'Outback'.

Here are a couple of sites to check out.

Have a great time & don't rush too much by trying to 'see everything'. Enjoy each experience... you can always return.

Cheers - Mario;)

7. Posted by matlock (Budding Member 3 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Mate, when your in NZ, make sure you go to Motueka Airport, and do the "u fly extreme" activity, this is where YOU fly a Pitts Special (a bi-winged aerobatics plane) and do cork screws and loops and other aerobatics... the coolest experience in the world (that I have had the pleasure to experience) AND you don't need a pilots licence! It was the first plane I ever flew! and the only one so far!

8. Posted by anoopno1 (Budding Member 12 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Hey guys

Thanks for your welcoming support, and thanks for the travel tips. Really like this site and wot it offers. The best thing though is the peolpe on this site like yourself are so friendly and helpful, and hopefully il meet people like you on my travels.

So guys finally made my trip offical by telling my work lot today,that im going. I know usually once you book the tickets and get the visa sorted its offical, but ive been with this company for a long time, so to say im leaving is a big shock to the system but im so glad im leaving, i can now finally close this chapter in my life and start a fresh new one, jus hope it works out. I became to use to a comfort zone here that life was that boring. I know I should be privealleged etc but come on, wot an oppertunity to take and travel and see the world, it feels so good, and now i can finally say i feel really, really excited about my travels and i can now plan with such a clear head.

Well guys a toast to happy traveling


9. Posted by IronChef (Full Member 1076 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!


A toast to your moving on and getting out there. Really hard decision to make sometimes but to be incredibly cliche 'Just Do It.' So easy to let all those little doubts and worries hold you back.

Welcome to TP!

10. Posted by sinsim (Budding Member 9 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Hi Anoop, nice name by the way, welcxome and big HI from Morocco, city? Rabat, the capital, dont you know it?