2014 Backpacking Itinerary (4 months)

By Kach Umandap June 5th, 2014 Posted in Inspiration and Love Stories, Travel Blog, Travel Guides No comments

As you know, Jon and I met while backpacking last year in South East Asia. He left the UK in March 2013 while I left Iraq in April 2013 then we’ve met in Laos in May 2013. We’ve been living together and working in Hanoi, Vietnam since July 2013 when we decided to venture to a new adventure for 2014. We started our trip last 21 February and here we are in England with 2 more weeks left on our 4-months straight of backpacking for 2014 and a year of being on the road.

2014 Backpacking Itinerary (4 months)
Stonehenge, UK
We’ve learn a lot of new skills in Asia and been certified TEFL teachers, Tantra Yoga Teacher and Ayurveda Massage Therapist, so we’re definitely ready for another round of adventures in the other side of the world…another 2 more years of working and travelling in South America and Oceania (until 2016)!

4 months. 4 countries (Singapore, India, Maldives, UK). More than 20 cities. Multiple overnight trains and buses. 11 Flights (including transits in Saudi Arabia and Qatar). 2 New Certifications. 23,787 Miles (accdg. to Tripline) and a lot of amazing people, experiences and adventures!

Our 2014 backpacking itinerary


Started the trip by flying out of Hanoi, Vietnam to Singapore.. We had 2 days transit in Singapore where we were hosted by my relatives. From Singapore, we flew to Chennai, India then traveled straight to Goa to study Tantra Yoga. After the course was finished, we flew to Maldives for a week then flew back to North Goa to meet Jon’s sister which then started our backpacking trip to the North. We spent our last 2 weeks in the country by studying Ayurveda Massage in Rishikesh.

We’re in India for 3 months, where did we go?

30 hours train ride from NJP to New Delhi (because of delays)

South Goa (Agonda, Palolem, Galgibaga, Patnem)
Gokarna, Karnataka
North Goa (Anjuna, Ashwem)
Trivandrum, Kerala
New Mumbai and Mumbai
Agra, Uttar Pradesd
Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh
Bodh Gaya, Bihar
Darjeeling, West Bengal
Gangtok, Sikkim
New Jalpaiguri/ Siliguri
Rishikesh, Uttarakhand
Kasol- Parvati Valley
Kheer Ganga
Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh
New Delhi- Gurgaon

Currently, we’re here in Southwest England for about a week now, finally meeting Jon’s whole family. We’re staying at Jon’s parent’s house in Stroud (Gloucestershire) and also had the chance to visit Tetsbury, Bath and Wells in Somerset, Stonehenge, Marlborough, Avebury, Salisbury and Westbury to visit his grandmother. We still have two weeks left in UK and we plan to spend it around Oxford with his family, Cardiff, Wales to meet his friends, then couchsurfing in Glasgow and Edinburgh, Scotland, 2 nights in North England (Cumbria) to do cottaging with his friends and then few days to go around London before our flight to Lima, Peru on 19 June!

UK Itinerary

Once we arrived in Peru and found a new home-base then we’ll definitely have more time to write and update this blog and probably launch our website.

If you have any tips for South America, would be very happy to hear it! Also, if you need any tips about travelling around South East Asia and India, we’re very happy to help. Please LIKE us on Facebook – Two Monkeys Travel =)

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Written by Kach Umandap

Founder of Two Monkeys Travel Group. Since 2013, Kach has visited all the 7 continents (including Antarctica) and 151 countries using her Philippines Passport. In 2016, she bought a sailboat and went on sailing adventures with her two cats - Captain Ahab & Little Zissou in the Caribbean for 2 years. She now lives in Herceg Novi, Montenegro where she's enjoying her expat life and living on a gorgeous Stonehouse. She writes about her experiences traveling as a Filipina traveler with a PHL Passport. Also tips on backpacking trips, luxury hotel experiences, product reviews, sailing & adventure travel.