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To Go Anywhere: Asia 2017-18 Travel Plan

The new plan looks a little like the old plan.

So my family began traveling with me once again a couple of months ago. We had a choice of a couple different strategies:

A) We could set up a base of operations in a grade-A air regional travel hub somewhere in Asia — such as Singapore, Taipei, or Kuala Lumpur — for the next six months to a year that I could use to travel in and out of to do my projects and my family could concoct a semblance of a regular life.

B) We could change countries each month, making stops in 11 countries across Asia, hunkering down in a short-term apartment rental each time. Basically, go back to the strategy that we were running when Petra was 10 months – 3 years old.

I was expecting my wife to go for the former but she chose the later. She’s still a traveler, and she’s had enough of being stashed places as I go out and do my work.

So that left us staring down at an open map of Asia. We sketched out a route through Kinmen, Taipei, Kuala Lumpur, Brunei, Cambodia, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka, the Maldives …

This plan will, of course, be wholly and completely disrupted and reassembled ad nauseam as we go.

But there is perhaps no better feeling than looking at a map and knowing that you can go anywhere.

Filed under: Travel Diary, Travel Plan

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Wade Shepard is the founder and editor of Vagabond Journey. He has been traveling the world since 1999, through 90 countries. He is the author of the book, Ghost Cities of China, and contributes to The Guardian, Forbes, Bloomberg, The Diplomat, the South China Morning Post, and other publications. has written 3546 posts on Vagabond Journey. Contact the author.

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