After leaving my job, Japan, and America; I am now in Seoul, South Korea. It’s a fun and beautiful place to be, but upon my arrival, there was a headache of work I needed to do in planning the rest of my trip (while still filming and studying for the documentary). I walked into the guesthouse, and immediately opened up my laptop. Happily, I had brought it for video editing, otherwise I would need to use the guesthouse’s computer in 15 minute intervals as that is the rental period.
So, I sat down to work everything out, make necessary phone calls, send the necessary e-mails and here are the results so far.
I will be leaving Seoul for Hong Kong. (No visa required)
In Hong Kong, I will visit the Chinese ‘official office’ to get a tourist visa for china, and then visit the Quoprro Global Services – India Visa Application Centre to do the same. This will take roughly a week, so hopefully I can find couches to surf on or cheap guesthouses, or possibly I will visit Macau while I wait.
I will take a train from Hong Kong to Beijing. If the visa business doesn’t work out, then I will take a train to Hanoi with a transit visa for China. (Taking a train through China requires a transit visa). If I can’t get any visa into China, then I will fly to Hanoi.
While in China, I will visit Beijing, Huashan, and other historical places to film as much as I can.
February 15th (Today I make the final decision)
I will take a train from Beijing to Hanoi, Vietnam (Picking up my pre-ordered visa on arrival)
If I was not able to get the visa for India while in Hong Kong, then I will get an Indian visa from the embassy in Hanoi.
Then I will continue by train from Hanoi to Ho Chi Mihn city (formally Saigon).
February 20th (Again, after today’s decisions)
I will take a bus to Phnom Penh, Cambodia. (Visa available on arrival after processing online)
From Phnom to Siem Raep (Angkor Wat), I will take another bus. And then one last bus to Polphet, where I will be able to take a train via Aranyaprathet to Bangkok, Thailand. (Visa unnecessary)
I will fly from Bangkok to Delhi, India, with… hopefully a visa in hand.
I start a teacher training program in Hatha/Vinyasana yoga.
My yoga training ends, and I will fly to Ankara, Turkey… by far my most expensive travel arrangements. (Visa possibly available on entry… I need to confirm this one).
From here, I need to figure out what to do, but I will spend the next two weeks traveling from Ankara to Istanbul and back again.
Flying from Ankara to Cairo, Egypt, I will spend another two weeks here. (Visa available on entry). I would rather take a boat, but I can’t seem to find a ferry service between Turkey and Egypt.
I will fly from Cairo to Nairobi, Kenya (Visa available on entry with massive waiting – Definitely recommended to get before).
June and July
Tanzania and Mozambique are also on the itinerary, but the times are fuzzy, based on volunteer programs. Both countries allow for visas upon entry, but prefer getting it beforehand.
I will travel into South Africa. (Visa available upon entry. The embassy website and e-mail I received both STRONGLY reminded me to have two empty pages on my passport… Yes sir!)
I will then take a boat (originally with the Royal Navy, but sadly plans changed) to Ascension Island (Visa available from Capetown)
From Ascension Island, I believe I will need to fly to the UK. Then I will fly to the States.
September, October, November, December
If I find income along the way, I will travel around the States, meeting up with as many people as possible for interviews, and then travel through South America.
Planning visas and travel arrangements months in advance will make life much easier for anyone who wishes to travel around the world, but what is the adventure in that? Anyway – I will be planning more crazy detours along the way. I’ll let you know as it goes. My next post will have links and resources for anyone in the same position.