So one of my best friends from high school, Zekee Silos, is a fellow adventure addict and just arrived last weekend in Sydney from Cali. (check out his awesome blog at http://www.zekeeslife.blogspot.com/ )
We are taking off in a few weeks to ASIA!! I could hyperventilate I’m so excited! We spent night after night in my room hunting down the hottest deals, and we ended up saving over $1000 simply by putting in a little extra time and research. We are flying from Sydney to Perth (about the same distance as CA to NYC) roundtrip for only $350 each! After spending a few days in Perth, we head to Singapore (roundtrip only $350!!!) and from there we will travel to Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia!!!! Get this- the roundtrip from Singapore to Malaysia is only $1 Singapore dollar each way (about $20 AUS each way!) We feel like traveling geniuses!!!
It’s all bc we discovered a cheaper-than-dirt Asian airline called Tiger Air ( www.tigerairways.com ). They fly all over Asia and Australia. Booking all 6 flights was hectic and took hours of strategizing, price comparing, and currency converting. But at the end of the day, I cannot tell you how much FUN it was to plan with one of my favorite people! It was like a game, trying to make all the times and layovers and prices work together- like solving a travel puzzle. THIS is the stuff I live for!!!!
We were able to book ALL the airfare for just about $800 AUD total, and after researching hostels in each city, the grand total for room/board will only be approx. $150/person! Cheapest trip everrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. If we had booked the “cheap” flight we found on our first search, the trip would have been well over $2000 total.
So now all I do day and night is dream about Singapore and Malaysia. Singapore is supposed to be the cleanest place in all of Asia. It is literally illegal to spit on the ground, toss a cigarette butt, or (get this) CHEW GUM!!! And I hear Malaysia is the ultimate budget traveler’s paradise!
Fellow adventure addicts, I swear to you that I will take so many videos and photos!! Before we go, I will do some thorough research on both locations, and share my pre-trip findings with you. I don’t want to plan too much though or be overly prepared because, to me, figuring it out as you go and being resourceful is half the fun!!
So now I have no money at all, and when we get back, we plan on getting part-time hospitality jobs to support our backpacking treks throughout Australia.
You know you’re POOOOR when:
You get home from work (where you are a tin of chicken, peanut butter and crackers all day) and have baked beans on toast for dinner (on a Friday night, no less!) … not because you can afford this wonderful delicacy but because you found the can of beans in your share kitchen’s pantry and your French housemate left his hot dog buns out for poor kids to steal. And I thought it would be a rice and soy sauce kind of night. Lucky me!! Hahahah yes, this is what my life has come to. But I do not care one bit because A) payday is tomorrow – Thank God!! and B) Like I have said countless times, I am addicted to travel. Clearly, I will steep to new lows to support this addiction. Lol
I am an advventure addict, and I will stop at nothing to get my next fix!
Peace and love fellow travelers,