So What’s Your Plan?

I am constantly asked this question when I tell people I quit my job and am leaving for Asia. Problem is, I sort of hate it because I’m not really sure how to answer it. I don’t really have a set plan. My plan from the beginning was to not set my route or duration. Many, especially the older generation, view me as crazy for defying conventional wisdom of planning each detail, but I wanted the flexibility to stay put, follow a well worn tourist path or head off on a new adventure if the opportunity arose i.e. the ability to get sidetracked. And this is more than doable. There are plenty of resources out there to make decisions as you go and plenty of new and interesting people along the way to provide input and point you in their favorite direction. Why limit yourself when you have no idea what these places are actually like or whether a certain place, person or event will inspire you to take a new path. For this reason, I tell people I’m starting in Hong Kong and then heading for Thailand, where I’m meeting some friends for a few weeks. After that, well… I have a general idea of some of the countries that I’d like to see but really, its open ended. And if I can manage my money well enough and keep it a non-issue, I’ll go until I’m ready to come home. And that, to be honest, is the real plan.

6 thoughts on “So What’s Your Plan?

  1. I stumbled upon this fro facebook. I hope you are having the time of your life, this is so inspirational!!! 😀 Well done PJ!

  2. Hey Phil!
    I am thinking about making the same trip to Southeast Asia, and this would be my first!! One of my big questions is should I buy a round trip ticket or a one way ticket? I seen that you bought a one way and didn’t want to be held down with plans, I also feel the same way. But is it cheaper to buy it here or while I am in Asia?

    • Awesome, great idea! The round trip ticket will ultimately be cheaper than buying two separate one way tickets. I’m not entirely sure why this is the case, but I know taxes per purchase have something to do with it. Regardless, if you can swing the extra price tag, I’d strongly encourage getting the one-way flight and letting your travels dictate when it’s time to head home.

  3. Hey Phil! I see you haven’t visited the Philippines yet. Your Southeast Asia trip wouldn’t be complete without dropping by here 🙂 Let me know if you need any help!

    Safe travels! 🙂

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