I’ve Booked A One-Way Ticket Out Of England To…

Greetings chaps and chapesses! Β Click on the video to see me draw eight countries out of a hat – the last one left being the country that I instantly booked a one-way ticket to πŸ™‚ Well it’s actually Kinder eggs containers and a mixing bowl, but hey – that’s just how I roll.

Initially I was going to flick a coin, but “Jess, the Sexy Swindler” said that flicking a coin is not a 50/50 chance and that the coin has more of Β a chance landing on the side it was flicked on. In case you didn’t know – “Jess The Sexy Swindler” is a girl from an English TV show called “The Real Hustle,” where they reveal scams by carrying them out on real people.

She is indeed a sexy swindler.

She’s the one in the middle!

Anyway, sexy swindler’s aside, click on that video below and see where I’m going! πŸ™‚ (apologies in advance if video quality is poor and for my fidgeting and mumbling. I’m very nervous on video).

Edit: I have no idea why, but this video (amongst others) has gone missing from my Youtube channel πŸ™ Looking into it now.

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  1. Paul Iveson Reply

    Great post Mr M! Finally a destination for you to start your neverending travels. Wish you all the fun in the world (no luck is needed) and make sure you say ta ra before jetting off! Xx

    1. Anthony Reply

      Cheers Paul!
      I’m pretty sure I won’t do a moonlight flit. Maybe πŸ˜›


  2. Gemma West Reply

    Wow, so you have finally made your decision! I am so excited for you and a little bit jealous, but I am sure we will be following you out of the country at some point. Make sure you have an amazing time travelling and keep us all posted on your adventures. Get in touch before you go so we can have a catch up. I hope yoou are still going to be one of my proofreaders, even though you will be having an awesome time. Speak to you soon xxxx

    1. Anthony Reply

      Hey Gemma!
      I have no doubt that you will be leaving Scumburn too! We’ll definitely have that catch up and I will most certainly be happy to proofread your work – most likely on a hammock πŸ˜€


  3. Julia Reply

    So jealous! Dying to get to Malaysia but I’ll make it there next year for sure. Exciting that you’ve finally picked a starting point and a fun way of doing it!

    1. Anthony Reply

      Hey Julia,
      It was fun and nerve-wracking haha! I’m so happy I can give a definitive answer now when people ask. You’ll be on your travels very soon mate πŸ™‚

  4. Poi Reply

    Waheeey it’s done then!

    I was of course rooting for Thailand of course but Malaysia is close enough!

    Very cool way to do this, my first thought when you pulled out India was pretty much what you said, kind of relived, very full on place to start! plus there is tonnes of good Indian food in Malaysia anyway….

    1. Anthony Reply

      Hey Poi,

      Close enough indeed mate! I’ll come over when Malysia has had enough of me! I can live the dream like you; Eating Thai food every day while playing on footy manager – surely that’s the greatest permutation!?
      I thought India may be for the hardcore and experienced, would have been very daunting! Cheers man πŸ™‚

  5. Will Reply

    Good strategy by only revealing it in the video! Captured my attention, that’s for sure.

    1. Anthony Reply

      Hey Will,
      Welcome! Cheers man, it was hard knowing I couldn’t do a re-run when I fancied it.

  6. gayE @ pinaytraveljunkie Reply

    Are you booking with Air Asia? I think they still got pretty good deals. Anyhoo, Malaysia’s a nice country to start with. I find it a bit more organized than the other southeast Asia countries (I’m from the Philippines by the way), and they drive on the left side of the road as well. Make sure you check out Borneo! The Tunku Abdul Rahman Islands in Kota Kinabalu are awesome!

    1. Anthony Reply

      Hey gayE
      I indeed have booked with Air Asia. Random question – is Borneo the one where you have to by proper socks to fend off leeches? Not that it’s put me off and cheers for the recommendation! I didn’t know they also drive on the left πŸ™‚ Cheers for the comment and welcome.

  7. Niall Doherty Reply

    Woohoo! Malaysia, baby!

    1. Anthony Reply

      Hey Nial,
      OH YES!!!! πŸ™‚

  8. mam Reply

    you can’t go to Malaysia as they put onions in all there food! Ha Ha, loved the way you came to the descion, see you saturday we are going to have a barbiif the weather is ok love mam x x

    1. Anthony Reply

      Hey Mam,
      Haha I don’t care about your spelling, as long as you don’t write like a chav!! They put onions in the food? Why did no one tell me this!? It wasn’t in the brochure :O

      I’m cancelling my ticket.


  9. mam Reply

    Just spotted a mistake on my last post Im sure you WILL do your normal proof reading and spot some more WONT YOU?? well youre finally leaving on a jet plane but I know you will be back again, ( you like our winters really) bet theres loads of froms you have to fill in now to get ready for leaving . love form your mam x x

  10. Adrian Collins Reply

    A novel way to decide on your first destination, good stuff.

    Good luck with Malaysia but I’m sure it will be a blast regardless of where was chosen.

    1. Anthony Reply

      Hey Adrian,
      Welcome! Thanks mate, I will make it so!

  11. Bethany Laing Reply

    Really excited you will soon get you live your dream, I know you will love it. Don’t come back, not that I won’t miss you but there is a whole wide world out there for you to discover, millions and millions of people for you to meet, you have out-grown this place now, this isn’t just ANY person wanting to do some travelling. This is you, you could have travelled ages ago, but you didn’t cos when you want to do something you want to do it big, you want to do it properly. You have even said everything about now is right, you are confident, ready, you have as from today started you journey Anthony, even if you choose the same random methods for decision making then so be it, you said yourself your not so sure you believe in fate.

    1 word of advise if I may, do not meet, fall in love with a Girl and allow her to determine you route. You know that relationships don’t last and you may regret time/money wasted.

    You know I know someone who did this.

    I wish you EVERY happiness and the VERY best of luck


    1. Anthony Reply

      Hey Bethany,
      Haha romantic relationships are the last thing on my mind for the foreseeable future! And I KNOW what your reply to that will be so just shurrup πŸ˜›

      I don’t plan on coming back – only to visit and I truly hope that works out. Thanks a million for your support πŸ™‚


  12. ur (lil) sis Reply

    hey anth i liked the way that you made your descision. i will c u wen i c u luv you Chloe xxx :*

    1. Anthony Reply

      Little gorgeous sis,
      Thank you darling πŸ™‚


  13. monica Reply

    trΓ¨s bon choix!!! when can i visit?? πŸ˜›

    1. Anthony Reply

      You’re alive, ma cher!!! There will always be an open invite to my favourite Polski!!!

  14. Adventurous Kate Reply

    I can’t hear the video! (Maybe it’s just me?)

    But Malaysia — fabulous place to start! Look at Air Asia fares — they are direct to London and CHEEEEEEEEEAP. And then you can head up to Thailand! πŸ˜‰

    1. Anthony Reply

      Hey Kate,
      There is definitely sound, because my friends have been taking the piss out of me all day for attempting to mask my accent on video hehe.

      I booked Air Asia! I will indeed go to Thailand after you induced jealousy in my system with your chronicles!!!

  15. Pam Reply


    I’m SOOOO happy for you!! Though you know I’d have loved you come to Argentina first, I believe Malasya is a wonderful place to start your journey. I’ve been reading some of your posts and when I read the one in which you explained that today was THE day, I couldn’t wait for Thursday to come!! What’s more, last Tuesday I thought “Oh, today is the day!”, so I entered the blog only to realised there were still 2 days left… dumb Pam. I arrived work today and played the video, even though I don’t have speakers, I wanted to see if I could read your destination from the little papers…but I couldn’t! I couldn’t wait to get the news so I read the comments to see if somebody had mentioned the place, hehe.

    Anyway, you know this place will always be very important since it’ll be the beginning of your new life: a life full of thrill, adventures, experiences and above all, a life in which you’ll feel TRULY alive.
    AsΓ­ que amigo, tendrΓ‘s que seguir practicando tu espaΓ±ol y venir a visitarme ya siendo todo un experto en el tema. SabΓ©s que siempre te voy a estar esperando con los brazos abiertos, vos avisame y yo pongo la pava para el mate. πŸ˜‰

    Will you be able to sleep tonight? The wanderlust must be eating your heart out more than ever!!
    Well my lovely Geordie boy, I hope to talk to you soon, don’t be lazy and send me an email, will you?

    I wish you all the best from the bottom of my heart.

    Ps. Guess who’s organizing her trip to Colombia? πŸ˜€

    1. Anthony Reply

      Hey Pam,
      “Don’t be lazy!?” hahaha cheeky Argey I tell you πŸ˜›

      Thanks, it’s a good way of looking at it – as a starting point! Me and Argentina will meet, that’s a fact. I was not able to sleep last night Pam, even after a couple of bottles of red wine and a full day of shopping for my trip. I’ve had about 3 hours and I feel awwwweeesome πŸ™‚

      You’re going to Colombia!?! Fantastic stuff!!

      I’ll send you that mail….unless I’m not feeling too lazy πŸ˜‰


  16. Macca Reply

    Have you not fooked off yet like?

    well in mate. chuffed for you

    1. Anthony Reply

      Hey Mac,
      Haha I’m afraid not πŸ˜› Cheers matey!

  17. Hogga Reply

    That was the greatest EVER! I love it… Minus not being able to hear half of it due to mumbling and thick accent haha. You’re good on video though, you look natural, you should do more, but with better sound and slower speaking πŸ™‚
    Excited that your excited for Malaysia!

    1. Anthony Reply

      Hey Hogga!
      Haha that’s what we call a “shit sandwich.” This is shit, this is awesome….but this really is shit πŸ˜›

      I am working on my lack of mumbling though πŸ™‚ Thanks, I’m mental-in-the-face excited!

  18. Linda Reply

    Very cool way to make the decision. Sometimes I wonder if I am held back by indecision about where to go!! or by the fact that, in fact, I want to go everywhere! Look forward to reading all about it. Lots of luck.

    1. Anthony Reply

      Hey Linda,
      Thanks, it seemed the right thing to do! Well we should just make sure we go everywhere, Linda! It’s just a case of where the next step in the journey is πŸ™‚

  19. TinTin Reply

    i enjoyed your video!! πŸ™‚ I am excited for you for your trip to Malaysia!! And Langkawi, OMG!! It’s a paradise! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ I think you will love Malaysia and in November, when you go there, it won’t be really scorching hot… It’s the cooler months of the year in Malaysia.. Still tropical weather but not as hot as when it’s summer there. Humidity won’t be that high too! πŸ™‚ Good luck!!! πŸ™‚ Happy travels!

    1. Anthony Reply

      Hey Tin Tin,
      Thanks a million! Maaaan, you can’t tell me it’s paradise when I will be at work for the next few weeks hahaha I’ll go insane πŸ˜› Go on then, I’ll get over it! It may be quite hot for me, considering The North East of England doesn’t have very impressive summers.

      Are you from Malaysia? Thanks for commenting πŸ™‚

      1. Tintin Reply

        Hello! πŸ™‚
        I’m not from Malaysia… I’m from The Philippines. But I live in New Zealand now, well it’s home base for me for the mean time. I was in Malaysia last April, it’s freakin hot and humid. A lot of my friends are from there. πŸ™‚ Most of them I met through backpacking. πŸ™‚ No worries… This video is very entertaining. Hehe! πŸ˜€ Can’t wait for the stuff on your adventures. So exciting. My website is currently under construction, so will flick u a message here when it’s done. πŸ™‚ Goodluck on your last few weeks at work!! πŸ™‚

        1. Anthony Reply

          Form The Philippines to New Zealand!? How exciting! I look forward to hearing from you, when you are all sorted πŸ™‚

          1. TinTin

            LOL.. actually how i ended up in NZ is a long story from Dubai. heheehe.. πŸ™‚ i am more excited for u though! First time in Asia? I reckon you will love it!! πŸ™‚ like really love it. πŸ™‚

          2. Anthony

            It’s my first time out of Europe!!! It’s lovely that you are excited for me, thank you! πŸ™‚

            I reckon you’re right πŸ˜‰

  20. Alouise Reply

    Congratulations. I love how you chose your first destination, very fun.

    1. Anthony Reply

      Thanks Alouise! πŸ™‚

  21. Rob Bloggeries Reply

    LOVE IT! Enjoy your destination, good sir!

    1. Anthony Reply

      Cheers Rob! πŸ™‚

  22. Scott Reply

    Dude, what an awesome way to pick your first stop. Love it! I am pretty sure me and Ms. Confused are going to make it to Malaysia next year too!

    1. Anthony Reply

      Cheers Scott πŸ™‚
      Mate, that’s awesome! What months are you both thinking of?

      1. Scott Reply

        totally up in the air. Could be anywhere from March – September 2012, lol.

        1. Anthony Reply

          I can relate, my plans were fussy a for a long long time! Good luck πŸ™‚

  23. Claire Middleton Reply

    Hi anthony,
    Hope you have a fab time and hope it doesn’t sound sad/corny me saying that i feel really proud of you that you have had the balls to do this. So many people winge on and say i would love to travel the world and dont actually do anything about it !!!! Well done and hope you enjoy evey minute of your travels.
    Claire xxxxx

    1. Anthony Reply

      Thank you Claire πŸ™‚ Yeah I used to be one of them people!!!