When I first travelled around Southeast Asia a few years ago, I was excited about everything- except trip planning. I simply wanted to go everywhere with no clear plan, route or itinerary. I was not the type of person to spend hours doing research on the countries we were planning to visit. I didn't want to check on cheap flights.

I didn't even want to look at a map.

All I wanted to every single day before our trip was to look at stunning images that other people took of their travels around Southeast Asia and dream that I was there instead. I was drugged.

I had to make decisions on where to go. It was hard. But eventually, I put together an itinerary with the help of others.

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If you're planning a trip to Southeast Asia and aren't too excited about the planning experience just like me, that's okay too. You can simply stumble your way from one country to the next. Not having an itinerary can be a very liberating experience for sure.

But what are the reasons why you should have at least a route in mind before you start your journey?

You save time. Not having a plan means having to arrange visas and flights last minute. You may not be granted permission to visit certain places unless you booked your trip in advance.

You save money. Most accommodations, transportation, flights and tours are less expensive when you book them months in advance or when they're on promotion.

You save effort. If you want to visit nearly all countries in Southeast Asia on a limited time and budget, you should consider planning a route so you don't need to backtrack.

You protect yourself. Before your trip, it's a good safety measure to give a copy of your route and itinerary to a trusted friend or family member especially if you're traveling alone. It's meant for emergency purposes but it also gives the people you love peace of mind. Especially at times when they can't reach you.

It's more convenient. Imagine yourself taking a 10 hour bus ride and arriving in a new city at midnight and having to walk around looking for a hotel. Not so fun, right? It had happened to me several times but I always wished it didn't happen too often.

I can't plan your trip for you and you can't bribe me to draft your itinerary. But I did create something you will find useful: I've packed an ebook that contains all this:

► Reasons why you should go to Southeast Asia

► Top countries in Southeast Asia with ranking, description, curated experiences and budget

► Personal recommendations of where to STAY, what to EAT and what to DO

► Suggested timeline, route, itinerary, budget and advice to help plan your trip

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But where's the fun in that, right? It would be just like any other insider guide. So I asked for the help of Marie Pottiez of Miles of Happiness to add her magic sauce in the form of:

► Travel sketches and images for each country that will make you pack your bags

► First of its kind, printable map of the Southeast Asia Loop to show insider routes, activities, detours and secret destinations

This is NOT the Ultimate Guide to Southeast Asia. It's a box filled with cherished memories, unexpected detours, and secret destinations. Every page is thoughtfully written and designed to induce wanderlust!

Are you ready to take a peek?


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If you're off to Southeast Asia soon and don't know where to start, then this ebook is for you. It answers many of your questions such as:

► Which countries should I include in my Southeast Asian adventure?

► What can I expect in each country in Southeast Asia?

► How much time and money should I spend in each country?

► What's the best route to take if I want to see each country on a budget without having to backtrack?

► Can I go overland or should I take flights?

► What experiences and activities can I do in the region?

► Can I really do this on my own?

YES YOU CAN!

Stop dreaming and start planning. Let's Go SEA! Get your own copy of the ebook by clicking on the image below!

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Lois has traveled extensively and have lived in Asia, the United States, and Europe. She is currently based in Portugal with her husband and baby girl. She is the co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of We Are Sole Sisters.


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2 Responses so far.

  1. Ciki says:

    Hi Steph.. was great meeting you in Bandung.. Don't forget to exchange links with me k? :D take care babe:)

  2. Cannot find a working link to purchase your e-book?

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