Time is ticking away and with only a matter of weeks left at work, a summer holiday in Europe with friends and a couple of weddings to attend it’s hard to believe that in less than 3 months I will be boarding a flight to Nairobi for our big trip and won’t be back in London until 12 months later and that is a scary/exciting/nerve racking thought.
At the moment I am feeling mixed emotions about the big trip, I am wanting the time to go quite quickly as I’m eager after months of planning to just get out there but I’m also very aware I have so much more to do and a lot more saving as well! I’m a super planner, I don’t tend to leave things up to chance and I feel like my mind is constantly running at a million miles an hour, thinking of all the things I need to do, read up about the places we are visiting and just generally getting excited. My husband Dan on the other hand is cool as a cucumber, he won’t even know we are going away until probably the week before.
I am currently trying to sort out the best travel insurance for a years backpacking travel so if you have any suggestions please let me know. At the moment I’m looking at Insure and go and World Nomads.
I’ve got to book into the Travel Clinic to make sure that I have all of my immunisations as we are visiting 11 countries in Africa and some you can’t enter without proof you’ve been immunised for certain things so I really need to get on with it!
I had a very special delivery from Millets this week, a brand spanking new ruck sack! I’ve had a couple of ruck sacks over the years and there has always been something not quite right with them but this Berghaus 65L ruck sack is pretty much perfect for me!
They also provided me with a small day pack in my favourite colour, a head torch for those many dark nights camping in Africa and a travel clothes line which I will so desperately need during both our camping trips in Africa and South America. I’ll write up a blog post soon about my packing essentials for a year away and go into everything in more detail.
Thanks to Millets for providing me with these essential items for the trip.
We have finalised our plans for the Rio Carnival which is in February of next year (ages away I know, there I am with the planning again), I’ve read and been told that it is super hard to get accommodation during Carnival and of course prices are through the roof! We also get a discount by booking early and booking in conjunction with other tours so it’s actually been more affordable than we first thought. We’ve booked with Tucan Travel who we are doing both our Africa and Patagonia trips with. The Carnival is on four days before our Patagonia trip starts so I’m sure we’ll meet some people who are also doing the trip.
We have also managed to rent out our flats whilst we are away so that is a HUGE relief! I’ll be sad to pack up all of our stuff and hand over the keys but we know they are in safe hands whilst we are away.
It is a frightening thought that we both have only THREE MORE PAY DAYS left until September 2017! We haven’t quite saved as much as we had hoped to as we’ve had a few unexpected payments to make on our properties so we’re just going to have to make do with what we’ve got. It is a very scary prospect though, not having money coming in but I think the whole point in doing a trip like this is to be able to live with less. If we have enough money to sleep relatively comfortably, eat where we can, be able to enjoy the wine and do and see what we can we’ll be OK, I don’t want to have to say “oh we can’t afford that” when we get somewhere because then what is the point in doing something like this big trip at all, we’ve just got to be smart/frugal when we need to be that’s all.
Last but not least I am just trying to enjoy London, as much as I love and hate this city sometimes, it is my home and with the sun shining, the beer gardens full up and the parks in full swing with beers and bbq’s I have been soaking it all up, catching up with friends and just enjoying my time here before it will all too quickly be over.
I thought I would share some links that I have been finding really useful in the run up to my trip.