Well guys, for the past few years as the late years of my 20’s inched closer to turning 30, I decided that no matter what, I wanted to be in the Maldives for my 30th birthday. Turquoise waters, over water villas and pristine white sand beaches seemed like the perfect way to ring in this new era. So when I started planning this trip, I knew that’s exactly where I would be on February 22, 2018. And since it was also Drew’s birthday a few days before mine, his destination of choice was India, which happened to be right nearby! We were definitely set on Maldives, India, Singapore and then we filled it in with Sri Lanka which I had heard incredible things about.
Warning, I’m kind of crazy when I plan trips. I’m the kind of person that weighs all options, compares all prices, and reverses the itinerary every which way to figure out what will be the best itinerary for the trip. Firstly, I always look at all my options to fly to a destination, I compare prices across multiple sites and find the best option for price, time and location. I guess, I’m my own personal Kayak, if you will. I managed to snag some killer $500 round trip deals for a nonstop flight from LAX to Singapore through Travel Pirates, my favorite travel deal site. Seeing as we decided we wanted to end our trip in Singapore and the price made it the best option to make it our home base airport, we decided to fly into Singapore first, have a layover and then fly to the Maldives from there. While it was a long 2 days of initial travel, it ended up working out perfectly.
So how, did we do 4 countries in 32 days? Well, let me break down our itinerary for you.
Day 1 : Travel day : LAX - Singapore (+2 days)
Day 3 : Travel day : Singapore - Maldives
Day 4 - 6 : Kuramathi Island Maldives
Day 6 - 9 : Summer Island Maldives
Day 10 : Travel day : Maldives - India
Day 10 - 12 : New Delhi, India
Day 12 - 14 : Agra, India
Day 14 - 16 : Jaipur, India
Day 16 - 18 : New Delhi, India
Day 18 : Travel day : India - Sri Lanka
Day 18 - 19 : Colombo, Sri Lanka
Day 19 - 21 : Galle, Sri Lanka
Day 21 - 22 : Ahangama, Sri Lanka
Day 22 - 23 : Tangalle, Sri Lanka
Day 23 - 24 : Yala National Park, Sri Lanka
Day 24 - 26 : Ella, Sri Lanka
Day 26 : Train : Ella - Kandy
Day 27 : Train : Kandy - Colombo
Day 28 : Travel day : Colombo - Singapore
Day 28 - 32 : Singapore
Day 32 : Travel day : Singapore - LAX
Seeing as we lost a few days with travel on the front end of our trip, and the time change, I’ve laid out our days in each country, some of those being travel days and some were days spent exploring or moving around. We moved quickly through each country so we were only given a brief taste of each. But I thought it was perfect. Yes, I would’ve liked to have spent more time in general abroad in each of these places, but it was an awesome way to spend our birthdays and to dip our toes into the culture of each destination.
Curious how much it cost us to spend 32 days abroad in 4 countries? While India and Sri Lanka were fairly inexpensive, we also experienced the other side of Maldives and Singapore which were definitely more expensive. In total for 2 people, we spent $5000 for the entire trip. This included our round trip flights, flights in between each destination, luggage fees, transportation costs for cars, taxis and trains, food, hotels and activities. Breaking it down, about $2500 per person or $78 per day per person. We definitely could’ve gone without a few things as we did a mix of luxury, mid and budget traveling but we decided to splurge on the things we wanted to seeing as it was our birthday trips and I was frickin’ 30!
I hope this itinerary has given you the bug to travel yourself and see how many countries you can get to on your budget. I would highly recommend jumping off an over water bungalow into the Indian Ocean in the Maldives, getting up close and personal with the Taj Mahal in India, romping through the tea plantations and riding the most scenic train ride in the world in Sri Lanka and getting lost in the incredible art, food, architecture and cleanliness of Singapore. I will be breaking down each destination into it’s own separate itinerary with travel tips and places you should definitely visit! Until then, happy traveling!