Georgie is setting off on her travels again and this time she is heading to one of her favourite parts of the world - the East. Her destination is Burma (or Myanmar), a country currently undergoing transition and change.
The aim is to get on the ground reports from Georgie as she travels through the country, keeping an eye open for potential incentive travel opportunities. Updates will be posted here and on Twitter, so be sure to follow, and we may even get some pics onto her trip board - all subject to being able to access modern communications.
Prior to her departure, we caught up over a coffee to get some insight into her motivation and the trip.
Why Burma, or is it Mynamar?
"Even the BBC are confused about the name of the country, and since the government change, the use Burma has become more common, although it is still officially Myanmar. Whether it remains will no doubt be largely up to the people as they determine their destiny."
"I've always had a sense of adventure and believe the only way to experience different cultures is to get off the main road and explore. The East is a personal favourite, so when the country began to open up and become more accessible, it was an obvious choice. I am convinced the history, culture and people mean it will become a firm favourite in years to come, so I needed to get in before the country changes too much."
The Itinerary - Rangoon, or is it Yangon?
"To visit Burma is to see as much as possible while I'm there. The itinerary, as it stands at the moment, means my feet will no doubt ache as I explore the many regions by foot as well as by air, boat and hot air balloon."
- Arrive in Yangon from Bangkok - spending a few days getting used to the hustle and bustle and seeing some sights, including the huge reclining Buddha, and the royal barge
- Head off to Bagan - the old capital and home to thousands of stupas and temples, which I will be visiting remotely by hot air balloon
- Two nights on the river, heading to Mandalay and experiencing the internal life of everyday Burmese
- Mandalay for a couple of nights and immersion into the culture, in what is considered by many to be the country's cultural centre
- Off to Heho and Inle lake with its water villages - gardens included!
- Ngapali beach - arriving on day 11 and four days well earned R&R
- Yangon overnight before departure
"While the itinerary is pretty set, the exciting thing is I'm not sure what to expect on each leg of the adventure. I'm armed with camera and notebook and hopefully the communications will be good enough to email updates and images as I go."
Incentive Travel Opportunities
Ok, so Georgie is on holiday, however, she is vastly experienced at spotting unique opportunities for incentive travel groups. We will be posting updates as they happen, and getting her view on what Burma (or Myanmar) can offer exclusive, adventurous incentive travel clients.