Destinations, Planning

What’s next?

July 25, 2010

My time in Egypt marks the end of the Middle Eastern leg of the trip. I’ll be skipping over a few time zones for the first time since Turkey and flying to Hong Kong to meet up with my sister and a couple of local friends.

So what’s the plan?

The plan is I have no plan! Well, that’s not entirely true – I have a pretty good idea which countries I want to visit, but beyond that I have nothing organised apart from a Chinese visa.

The next few months

After spending some time in Hong Kong in a fancy hotel with my ever-generous younger sister, the first thing I intend to do is to cross into mainland China. Then I’ll probably head south-west before heading to Beijing to get the train to Mongolia.

In Mongolia, I’m hoping I can meet up with some other travellers and join one or two jeep tours heading out into the countryside. Then I’ll cross back into China and probably head to Shanghai. This is the part of the itinerary I’m having the most trouble with – to get the boat to Japan or not?

Japan would absolutely annihilate my budget, but I can’t stop thinking about it. And if I’m thinking about it that much, surely it means it’s worth it?

That’s as far ahead as I’m thinking at the moment – if you’re interested to know the grand plan, you can have a look at my planned route around the world.

Dim sum, hot pot and light shows

At the moment, I’m focused on Hong Kong, catching up with my little sister, showering without shower shoes, eating dim sum, trying hotpot and basking in the lights of a big city.

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  • Reply benisagoodboy July 25, 2010 at 2:01 pm

    hi there,

    Not that you'd need it, but i just came across this about Hong Kong on the Lonely Planet site:

    With Japan, I would highly recommend it, but only if you have the cash and time to spend. You wouldn't want to just pop in and out. Once you're in, you'd be hooked and not want to leave. I find the cost in Japan the same as Melbourne, if not slightly more. A very simple meal (noodles) would be around 6-8 bucks. The other Japanese option would be to Okinawa, the tiny island where The Bride in Kill Bill got her knife from.
    Otherwise, have you considered Taiwan?

    • Reply Megan July 27, 2010 at 12:45 am

      Thanks for that! Have definitely considered Taiwan, but it seems I'm in the area at the wrong time – it's wet season almost everywhere at the moment, I think!

  • Reply Wendy July 25, 2010 at 2:49 pm

    I love Hong Kong! I hope you eat a ton of delicious dim sum and enjoy all the amazing sights!

    • Reply Megan July 27, 2010 at 12:46 am

      I'm loving it too! And eating dim sum and enjoying the sights are definitely part of the plan 🙂

  • Reply Ayngelina July 28, 2010 at 6:03 pm

    I'm really looking forward to reading about Mongolia as I'm hoping to head there in 9 months or so.

    • Reply Megan July 30, 2010 at 7:15 am

      Yep, am planning on making my way there sometime in the next month or so – assuming, that is, I can get on a train from Beijing to UB. It seems like my China itinerary is going to be completely dictated by which train I can get on and when – I've only been here two days and my plans have already changed about fifty times in accordance with what trains are available!

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