Friday, April 18, 2014

Adventure Time

Recently the idea of going away for a fair few weeks/months has become more and more appealing. A little more realistic even. When I was growing up, when other fellow students were off on their gap years, I was pretty set on finishing my education. Well that finished a while ago now and I think this is the right time to disappear for a bit. I warn you this is probably the longest post I have ever written.

I think when starting to plan this kind of trip its so overwhelming. You start researching one place, which quickly leads to another and before you know it, you are going to be away for 9 months and spending all the money you'll ever have. I realise that this is quite a 'grown up' way of thinking about it but yep, I guess I am a grown up now.

There have been many talks/planning sessions to try and figure out what the ideal trip would be. I've drawn the map above to help you understand, our geography is pretty poor. I also like maps, so any excuse to put one together.

First stop, America. Well the West coast anyway. We plan on visiting various national parks on our way round. Yosemite, Joshua Tree and Yellowstone Volcano to name a few. The idea of driving around in a mobile home type vehicle and being able to camp up pretty much anywhere from the desert to the local Walmart excites me. But also terrifies me.

One of our other main stops is Slab City to visit Salvation Mountain. I only agreed to go to America if this place would be one of our stops! Stop off at Big Sur to maybe do a bit of surfing. Then on to San Francisco where we will spend a week gallivanting around. Last stop is Portland. The modes of transport on this part of the trip are yet to be decided. Lots of driving, a few trains, a few coaches. We haven't researched that (major) part yet.

After 4 weeks on the West coast we will then fly back down to LA to catch a flight round to Japan. I realise that This isn't the most typical adventure but its the 2 places that we really want to go to and will have to save all the other rad places for another time! We would love to see everything but that would be impossible.

So... Second stop, Japan. Planning on spending 2 weeks here, well definitely until our money runs out anyway. I can't imagine how much stuff we are going to buy there. Especially in the 100 yen stores. Oh man. The arcades!!!!

Bare with me, our research is a little slim on Japan. We have the whole of the summer to keep planning but definitely a visit to a natural spring and we will also be visiting the Studio Ghibli museum for sure! A few of the other places we will visit will be Tokyo, Kyoto and Mount Fuji. Another idea would be to purchase a Japan rail pass which takes you to all the main destinations. There's a nice article here.

I realise that this post have been purely self indulgent and I apologise for that. We would be really grateful if anyone has any tips or really ace weird and wonderful places to visit in these parts of the world we would be so grateful. So much planning to do!!

I wrote this post for the Blogger's Lounge as they are hosting a trip away to New Zealand. Gap Year have kindly given the amazing prize.

2 comments:

Damaris // The cat, you and us said...

How exciting!! Love planning new adventures :) your intinerary is just our type, we were in Japan for 2 weeks honeymoon! (yay!), it was completely amazing such a magical place to visit, all their attention to detail is mesmerizing. You can check our tips and all our route posts here: http://www.thecatyouandus.com/?s=JAPAN%3A&submit=+ oh! If you want to chat about it we would love to! :) :) the last summer we went to the US west coast (although not as complete as your route is going to be) also in our blog all the info ;) hope you keep us updated with your planning!

Sydney said...

I live north of Big Sur! Definitely one of the most special places on the planet. But you don't want to surf there. Go farther north - to a little town called Santa Cruz. It's on your way to San Francisco.