It is time to start counting down to what I like to call ‘The Big Trip”. For those of you that don’t know, I am taking a sabattical from work next year and travelling for a whole year around the world to Africa, Asia, New Zealand, South and Central America. Check out this post about all the details!
So it is 6 months until countdown so I thought I would share some of the things that go into planning a round the world journey.
This month we had our third meeting with our STA agent regarding our Round the world flights, because we are travelling from this year through to half way through next year it is a tricky process but our agent is brilliant at securing the flights that can be booked at the right time. It is so hard to plan something so far in the future but it is important to lock dates in because we are travelling during peak time at Christmas and we all know how the airlines love to hike up the prices.
So far we have locked in our flights to Nairobi, Jo-burg to Manila and then onto New Zealand. We have chosen to get a ‘flexi pass’ for an extra £100 from STA Travel which allows us to change our flights a many times as we want and then we just pay the difference. Unfortunately we had to cut Melbourne from the original itinerary because as it is so close to Christmas it was going to be a massive price hike to spend just a few days there so we decided against it. We’ve also cut Doha out of the trip as it’s going to be Ramadan and then Eid whilst we were there.
We have booked and paid deposits for our overland Africa trip and our overland Patagonia trip both with Tucan Travel. We have also booked a lot of optionals for the Africa trip – Gorilla Trek, Serengeti National Park, Masai Mara and Okavango Delta.
This month I also had to make my sabbatical ‘official’ by putting it in writing to my boss so they can advertise for my job. Once that letter was in I felt even more excited!
The best part of planning a trip is finding some quirky locations and accommodation and last week I booked an island off an island in the Philippines called Modessa Island Resort. We have planned to go to Palawan for two weeks so I’ve found an island that looks like a dream to spend 6 days on. There is no electricity during the day, plenty of snorkelling for me and diving opportunities for Dan and most importantly a pristine beach. After 3 months in Africa, this is exactly what we are going to need. These images via their booking.com page.
This week we have also been looking into our first part of the journey which is a Europe summer that includes a wedding in Brighton and a wedding in Jersey, a girls trip to Italy and celebrating my 30th birthday in Ibiza (hopefully) and then renting a villa in Majorca with friends. I am searching Airbnb like crazy trying to find the perfect villa to house us so if you know any good villa sites or can recommend one please send it my way!
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