I’m going travelling. Gulp.

I’m going travelling. Indefinitely. As in I have no idea when I will be back. Maybe a month. Maybe two. More likely twelve at the very least. I’m going to travel until I stop enjoying it or I run out of money. Whichever comes first.

Oh, and I leave tomorrow.

While it’s been in the pipeline since the Summer, it only became an actual feasible, this-is-going-to-happen plan just before Christmas when I finally exchanged on the sale of my London flat (I celebrated by trying on my new walking boots, pouring myself a large glass of red, and singing along, very loudly, to Frozen’s Let it Go). After that I had to tell work, then work had to tell my clients, and then I found myself bogged down in a list of jobs which seemed to frustratingly defy logic by growing every time I crossed anything off it, and this post never quite got written.

And I’m going solo. You know how in this post I said I had a much bigger solo trip planned? Well this is it.

I’m flying almost directly to Myanmar, where I will spend the maximum 28 days that a visa allows, before flying to Bangkok. These are the only two flights I have booked, and therefore the only solid plans I have. After a six of years of living in London, planning all holidays months in advance and down to the very last mouthful, I’m really keen to keep my plans loose. If I really like somewhere I will stay for a while, if I don’t I’ll move on. My rough plan at the moment is Thailand, Malaysia, a quick side trip to Cambodia to meet Sean, Singapore, where one of my oldest friends Bella lives, Indonesia, Vietnam and overland into China. Tibet, Hong Kong, Japan in October to meet Kateline, and then Tom (there, I’ve said it, you have to come out to see me now), South Korea then Taiwan. But as I said, this might very easily change. I could very well end up in Mexico sipping caipirinhas. Who knows?

I plan to travel slowly, spending more time in fewer places, and really trying to get to know towns, cities and communities as much as I can. I’ll be staying in mainly guesthouses and bed and breakfasts; neither hostels nor fancy hotels particularly interest me, and I’m going to try to ensure that my money ends up in local’s pockets as often as possible.

And I’ll obviously be eating a great deal and sampling as much street food as I dare. I already have a long list of foods I want to find and taste, and I have a cookery class booked in for Valentine’s Day (That’s THIS Saturday. I’ll be in Yangon THIS Saturday. *Takes a big gulp of wine*). I’ll share recipes with you whenever I can.

But as much as I want to travel, and I really really do, I also want to work. My biggest worry about long-term travel, and the thing that has stopped me going in the past, is coming back to the horrible emptiness of unemployment. So I’m determined to build something while I’m away, and hopefully earn enough to continue travelling for a bit longer than my current bank balance will allow. And The Very Hungry Londoner will be a big part of this. After a couple of years of it being just a guilt-inducing hobby, I’m so excited to finally be able to commit to this blog, and make it something I can be proud of. I plan to post regularly (decent internet permitting) and I have so many ideas for the sort of content I want to produce. I’m going to be feeling my way to begin with, turning this London based food blog into a food-centered travel blog (have you noticed the addition of ‘on the road’ to my new, very shiny, logo?), so please bear with me. As well as writing about all my new adventures, I can’t wait to revisit some of my other trips and share them with you. Because let’s be honest, when you’re travelling on your own, there’s not much else to do in the evenings is there?

Anyway I have a backpack that needs stuffing (I’m really trying to only take a 40 litre pack, and a 20 litre day pack, with me. I’m shedding pairs of pants at a frightening speed. I’ll let you know how I get on). My first instalment from Burma should be with you by the end of the week!

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14 Comments

  1. Kavey February 10, 2015 / 10:28 am

    Bon Voyage, travel safe and have the most fantastic time everywhere!

  2. Kara February 10, 2015 / 10:28 am

    Feeling so pumped after reading this – like we should all just quit our jobs and go! What an adventure!

  3. Kay February 10, 2015 / 10:31 am

    That is so exciting! What an adventure. I hope you have a brilliant time and look forward to reading all about it.

  4. Vicky February 10, 2015 / 10:58 am

    This is wonderful news! Good luck and I can’t to read about your travels. x

  5. Emma February 10, 2015 / 1:15 pm

    Au revoir lovely, we can’t wait to share your adventures!

  6. Judy Barrows February 10, 2015 / 1:19 pm

    Go Hungry Londoner Go !!! So much love and luck to you wherever you end up – AJxxx

  7. Emma February 10, 2015 / 1:48 pm

    Good luck! I bet you’ll have the time of your life!

  8. Robyn February 10, 2015 / 3:42 pm

    Wowzers – I am so unbelievably jealous of you!!! No really, so jealous, words are failing.

    But honestly, best of luck, massive congratulations on the sale of your flat, and may everything go your way! I wish I were doing what you’re doing right now (my blog is so fledgling that it couldn’t possibly support me, and sadly that is one of the main reasons I couldn’t. If I had a bigger following, I would quit my job right now) but it’s truly inspiring to see others doing it. I love the open-ended nature and the dedication to your blog. I really hope everything goes well for you and I can’t wait to read your adventures – maybe they’ll push me into doing what you’re doing myself 🙂

    Do make sure you go to the far reaches of China, if you can. I lived there for a year teaching English and travelling in the school holidays, and the more obscure destinations were definitely the most memorable. Xinjiang is pretty amazing and I highly recommend the Karakoram Highway (it was over 12 years ago now but I presume one can still get a bus along it). I had a single-entry visa so could only go as far as some tiny town on the border but I’m told that the route further along into Pakistan is equally stunning.

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  9. Peter February 10, 2015 / 5:02 pm

    Gutsy stuff. I admire your courage, while applauding your desire to be able to fund yourself en route too. There are certainly plenty of ways to do so. I look forward to hearing what your plans (travel and income-earning) will be. All the best!

  10. Alex February 10, 2015 / 5:25 pm

    Safe flight Fi!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Let’s try and skype at some point. Lots of love xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  11. Steph Rogers February 10, 2015 / 8:45 pm

    This is great news!! Good luck on your travels! Definitely take it slow.. I’ve learnt that the hard way after being constantly on the mood and getting homesick! Looking forward to reading about your travels!

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  12. VickyFlipFlop February 16, 2015 / 2:04 pm

    Amazing! I hope you’re loving it so far 🙂 I’m on my second country in Asia on my five-month tour, Taiwan. Maybe I’ll see you on the road somewhere if our worlds collide. Enjoy the food!

    • theveryhungrylondoner February 21, 2015 / 5:31 am

      Hi! Amazing, I’ll keep an eye on your Twitter and will let you know if we are heading in the same direction. Would be great to meet up! Take care x

  13. Aunt Jude March 13, 2015 / 9:12 pm

    Your posts are so evocative – I feel I’m there with you – thank you for a wonderful trip !!! Uncle John is doing well and it was so good to see David and Gillian today and to catch up with their exciting news. Keep writing ………… AJx

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