The World is Our Oyster – How do we decide where to go first?

As many of you who have been following along know, we’re almost ready to embark on the adventure of our lives.  We have sold our house and are in the process of ridding ourselves of all of our worldly possessions in order to travel indefinitely.  Throughout all the steps it has taken to get this far, we have been having to make decisions left, right and center regarding everything from prices to ask for furniture to what colour to paint the walls.  Despite the fact that both of us tend to to be indecisive, we’ve made most of these decisions quite effortlessly.  However, now we’re faced with the serious itinerary questions of where to go, for how long, whether to search for house-sitting gigs or just wing-it with hotels and hostels and we’re feeling a little like deer caught in the headlights.  In all of our planning, we’ve discussed “travelling the world” as though it is a place we can buy a flight to and we’ve skirted the inevitable itinerary questions from various friends and family with either jokes or lists of possibilities but, with our move out time fast approaching, we need to start some serious planning and flight booking.  So we are turning to our readers for help.

With so many options out there, we would like to know how some more seasoned travellers have faced the daunting question of where to go first?  We’re open to suggestions. So far, all we know for sure is that we will be meeting up with family in Thailand in November-December 2013 and we plan to stay on in Southeast Asia until the rainy season starts in April-May 2014.  So the big question we are struggling with is where to go between August and November.  It feels like too short a time to to explore Australia and New Zealand and since we have to make our way to Southeast Asia anyway, we’re leaning towards going to Indonesia.  Our first stop would likely be Bali for some much needed relaxation and beach time after all the renovations and stress of the past few months.

If you could choose anywhere in the world for your first stop, where would you go?  For those who are already travelling, how did you decide on your first destination? And if there are any Bali or Indonesia experts out there, we would love to learn some insider tips.  Please leave us your suggestions, comments and advice – we’d love to hear from you!

Bali dreaming…