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Grey Haired Gap Year

Posted by Shepwell on 23/11/2019 at 13:35

Hi - we are two 65+ intrepid travelers who are about to embark on our grey haired gap year. For the first part of the journey we plan to fly into Saigon and make our way across southern SE Asia- Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia and then fly to Darwin for the second part of our journey. We have travelled in SE Asia before, so have covered the main tourist areas.

Looking for any suggestions for an interesting route that will take about four to six weeks????

#1 Shepwell has been a member since 23/11/2019. Posts: 1

Posted by exacto on 23/11/2019 at 14:57

Hi Shepwell,

A meaningful suggested itinerary will depend on what you like to do. I would tend towards a beach-focused trip, for example, but not everybody thinks that way.

If you haven't yet, have a look at the "Itineraries" section of the Travelfish website. You'll find it by scrolling to the top of the page, right next to the button for Vietnam. That will give you some ideas of places to see in each county you plan to visit, and then you can review the details for the locations that appeal to you to start to piece together a travel route.

Weather should also be a major factor in your plans, as weather varies greatly depending on the time of year you will be travelling. Get a good sense of what the typical weather patterns are for the places you wish to visit, so you won't be surprised or disappointed.

Figure out what your visa requirements are for each country you plan to visit for holders of your passport.

Also, I know it can get harder to obtain and more expensive as we get older, but travel insurance is a must for an extended trip.

Finally, remember that less is more when it comes to intrepid travel. You've mentioned five countries you plan to visit in up to only six weeks. That would mean a large amount of moving around, getting to transport, finding your guesthouse, getting settled, etc., which burns precious time and effort. Consider a streamlined, loose itinerary that gives you flexibility, and doesn't have you necessarily rushing about. Regional budget airlines like Air Asia (book in advance to get the best fares) can help with the logistics of getting around, but I've always felt like flying isolates me from local culture far more than other forms of travel.

Once you have that information on hand, come back and ask more specific questions to help fill in around the edges of your plans. The listings on Travelfish are a good source of information too.

I hope that helps. From one grey-haired independent traveler to another. Cheers.

#2 exacto has been a member since 12/2/2006. Location: United States. Posts: 2,847

Posted by TheSnowQueen on 27/11/2019 at 11:38

Hi there from another couple of silver snorkelers! We've travelled extensively in Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand & Laos. We love motorcycling, treking and avoiding posh hotels so you may find our suggestions helpful, even if they are over a 10 year period so some facts will have changed along the way. You can check out our itineraries on www.mytripjournal.com/vixandalan. Happy to offer any advice/ideas, depending on what you're looking to experience. Most recent journey was January/February 2019 to Thailand & Cambodia, both of which we know very well (avoid Sihanoukville!!)

#3 TheSnowQueen has been a member since 16/10/2006. Posts: 25

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