A question and a thank you to our followers!

So this is the first time we’re addressing our followers directly but we wanted a little bit of advice from any travellers out there. First off though, while we’ve got you, we’d just like to say thank you so much for following us! We’ve been really pleasantly surprised since starting this blog at how friendly and helpful and engaging everyone has been and how much fun we’ve had doing what we’re doing and sharing it with others. We very much mean to carry on as we’ve started and really hope that we’ll have the opportunity to interact with more and more people. So thanks very much again, it means a lot to us!

 

Anyway, enough of us being sentimental and onto our question, which is about the pros and cons of booking travel accommodation/transport/activities in advance and booking in a more ‘on the go’ style when you get to your destination. Obviously some things will need booking in advance and it does depend on what it is you’re wanting to do and where. For context’s sake, we are planning a trip to Asia and broadly thinking that we’ll start off in Thailand and from there explore the surrounding countries (all, or some combination, of Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, China and India). So really what we’d like to ask is, to anyone who has any experience of travelling this area of the world, did you personally book things like flights, trains and hostels in advance or not and how did it work out?

 

Any advice would be really appreciated as we’re struggling to decide how to tackle our planning!

 

Ben and Jess 🙂

3 thoughts on “A question and a thank you to our followers!

  1. Hi Ben and Jess – Great blog, love your posts, cant wait to read more of your stories!! A couple of years ago I travelled round South East Asia for about four months – had the time of my life. In answer to your question I think it really depends on how long you are travelling for? If you have a few months to play with then I definitely suggest just working it out as you go along. That’s what I did and saw no disadvantage in it – only time we had to “struggle” to get accommodation was over New Years…. and by struggle I mean we had to go to our second choice in hostel. It also meant that when we decided we had seen enough of Bangkok and wanted to check out kanchanaburi instead we could do it with little drama.

    In saying that, when I travelled Vietnam a year before hand I booked everything in advance as I was only travelling for a couple of weeks. Taking into account that transport schedules are very “relaxed” in Asia this was a great help as it meant that I made the most of the time I had.

    Hope this helps 🙂

    • Hi! Thanks so much for your kind words and great advice 🙂 we’re actually thinking it will be a trip of around 4 months as well so your trip is an excellent comparison. We were leaning towards the more spontaneous ‘on the go’ outlook and just having a few places in mind and planing week to week rather than the whole trip so it was good to hear that this can work!

      Yes we’ve heard a lot about the liberal stance taken towards bus timetables in Asia 😉 but as we’re going for a few months we should be able to work around those.

      Thanks very much again for your response it was very helpful 🙂

      • My pleasure – I had a great time and taking doing it my own way was the best thing. I ended up spending two weeks on Koh Tao instead of the 4 days I had planned – and I don’t regret it for a second. But we ended up leaving Siam Reap earlier than planned because we wanted to hit the beaches down south. Good luck with your trip – if you need any tips check out my blog on surviving Asia 🙂 http://hdwarner.wordpress.com/2014/04/10/south-east-asia-tips/

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