Just booked a one way ticket to leave the UK

One Way Ticket

It’s done. It’s official. We are leaving the UK with a one way ticket later this year. We do plan to come back, eventually, but we are hoping to travel for as long as possible and see as much of the world as we can with our budget

Where are we going?

If you’ve been following this blog, you’ll already know about our vague plans. We’re starting in South East Asia; Thailand to be exact and eventually heading to Australia, then New Zealand and then wherever the wanderlust takes us after that. We’re purposefully being very flexible with our plans, which may well change as we beginning moving from country to country.

Catch up here: Our first post explains this in much more detail and we’ve also set some travel goals for this adventure.

When are you leaving?

We’re leaving in October 2017 – but wish it was sooner. It’s just a few days short of 6 months away and we have our whole lives to sort out first, we have our flat and jobs to arrange first and we’d like to save a little bit more money before heading off for good.

What are you going to do in the meantime?

The same as what we always do: work, eat, sleep, etc. We’re trying our best to make the most of our time here seeing as we know we’ll be leaving for the long-term, whilst trying to save money at the same time! We’ve started reducing our useless possessions, found new tenants to move into our flat (but we’re not actually moving until July of this year, the new tenants are students) and found a temporary home for the couple of months before we fly.

We’ll both be working right up until the day before we leave, not wasting any earning opportunities for the sake of a day off. Sadly, I will be leaving my job. I almost didn’t quit. That’s another story for another time in a future blog post.

Why a one way ticket?

Well, as we’re leaving our jobs there’s no reason to assign a fixed length of time to our travels. We looked into Round-the-World tickets, but we figured out it would be more flexible making decisions when we’re on the road.

Where did you book your cheap flights?

Who said they were cheap?! Actually, they weren’t as expensive as we expected. We’ve been keeping an eye on the price for a while (using incognito mode, of course) and we had a few options. We were flexible with the date, but it just so happened that our preferred date was the cheapest in the entire month!

We could have paid £268 each for a flight from London Stansted to Bangkok, with an 8 hour stop-over in Mumbai. Or, the option we went for was £296 each for a direct flight from London Heathrow to Bangkok. It actually worked out much cheaper for us as we’re travelling from Cardiff. It would cost us more to get public transport to Stansted Airport than it does for Heathrow Airport. The times of the direct flight were also more convenient.

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We used Skyscanner in order to find the different flight options and prices for the entire month. The price can vary by £100+ depending on the day, so flexibility is the best policy when trying to get cheap flights! The highest price we saw for flights to Bangkok in October was £430 and the cheapest was £268.

Before booking, we checked the price on the airline’s website – a good idea as it was £2 less per person by booking directly with the airline.  All money saved is a bonus, even if it’s just a few pounds!

We can’t bloody wait. The excitement was difficult to contain after the booking confirmation of our flight arrived! 

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Leaving the UK soon with a one way ticket and looking forward to our next travel adventure

24 comments

  • Clover Rodrigues

    Hi both – much as I am sorry to see you go, I am excited for you and by your plans to EXPERIENCE the world.
    Paul Theroux, the author and travel writer (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Theroux) said “Tourists don’t know where they’ve been, travellers don’t know where they’re going.”
    Look forward to the planning and the actual travelling blogs.

    • Thank you for your comment Clover 🙂 That’s a great quote – I must be a traveller at heart as I have no idea where I’m going or where I will end up!! x

  • This is so great! I wish y’all the best of luck. I am actually going to go back and read the first post in the series just to get some back story. I love skyscanner and am using it for my trips coming up.

  • Have a great time! I’m Australian, I bet you already have a list of things to see and do in Australia, but if I can, I recommend that you visit The Great Barrier Reef from Cairns, The Great Ocean Road (start in Melbourne and end in Adelaide), Byron Bay, Darwin (you can cruise on a crock infested river), South Australia (my home state), we have beautiful beaches, especially on the York Peninsula, and some of the best wine regions in the country, McLaren Vale and the Barossa Valley. Plus the city of Adelaide turns into a huge huge big festival in Summer from mid-February to mid-March, its really not to be missed. I hope that is of some use to you for when you get to Australia. P.s watch out for the sharks, crocodiles, snakes, spiders, jelly-fish, sting rays, dingos, scorpions and drop bears 😉

    • Hi Katie thank you for commenting 🙂 I hope I can visit all of those places in Australia. I’m definitely going to Hobart – my dad lives there! The festival in Adelaide sounds good.. the timing would work out well for that too 🙂 I’ll watch out for those drop bears… they’re the worst!! 😅

  • This is SO EXCITING! Thailand is beautiful and you’ll learn quickly that it truly is the land of smiles! I am so excited for you (and sooooo jealous!) Best of luck 🙂

  • Wow! I wish I could embark on such a journey as well right now in my life! This sounds so exciting! I hope you have an awesome and enlightening time!

  • Have a great trip! Southeast Asia is a great place to start and plenty cheap too!

  • I hope you have an awesome trip. Sounds super exciting and like you have everything planned!

  • I love hearing stories like this! Such bravery and so much adventure in store!

  • How amazingly wonderful! I’ve always wished I had the bravery to pack up and do something like this… I can’t wait to live vicariously through your travels 🙂

  • It sounds amazing. Have the most amazing adventure.

  • wow, sounds like a great adventure…hope you have a fabulous time!

  • How awesome. Go chase down your dreams and leave everyone inpired or jealous! ☺️

  • OMG, this is so cool! I admire you guys a LOT. I hope I’ll have the balls to do this one day as well. Enjoy the amazing adventure ahead of you.

  • This is exciting! I’ve definitely been hit with the travel bug and I’m looking forward to reading about your journey. I would love to just pack up and travel the world, but I have a young son so I don’t think it’s in the cards for me. But I will hit as many countries as I can!

  • good luck and have fun!

  • Amazing! You guys are about to live the dream! I’m a nomadic at heart as well so I understand the drive of wanderlust. Can’t wait to read about your adventures!

  • Wow! Congrats! What an exciting adventure! I hope someday (sooner rather than later, lol) I can buy a one-way ticket to anywhere in the world. You’ve inspired the wanderlust gal in me 🙂

  • Buying a one way ticket it smart, I booked a round world trip and discovered it was a lot cheaper to buy flights as I go and a lot cheaper buying in the countries I was in!

  • We are so happy for you that you booked a one way ticket! You will soon taste the ultimate feeling of freedom. And we can both assure you, it is an amazing feeling and it tastes very delightful. Enjoy your travels and make the best of every experience. Even if you have a bad day. Cheers!

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