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The first thing most people have said to me in response to traveling the world is
“You’re so lucky”

How am I? I mean it’s not as though it’s just been handed to me on a plate, here you go, go travel the world. I’ve pretty much worked and studied non-stop since I was 16. I’m now 24. I’ve worked hard to get where I am and through what fate has thrown me, I currently have no commitments holding me back to do this. If I wasn’t doing this I’d be still working where I am now, or possibly taking a new career path elsewhere and start thinking about moving out. What I’m trying to say is, I work to LIVE, not to just survive. So before I start jumping into all that mature stuff, I’m taking a life break. It’s the right time. I feel like I’m stuck in such routine at the moment and hoping this experience will give me the release I’m looking for.

Another response I tend to get is “how much has that set you back?” – referring to money. Well, it hasn’t. Sure, I’ve spent a good couple of thousand so far (not including the funds I’m taking with me!) but I’ve saved up well enough non-stop over the past year and a half which has given me the funds to do this. Like I said, no other commitments to worry about at the moment (apart from your standard monthly direct debits) so it hasn’t even been difficult to do.

Thirdly, “What about work?” - What about it? I’ve spent the best part of three years working where I have and I’ve got to the stage now where I’ve got pretty much what I wanted out of it. Another reason for the perfect timing. They didn’t give me my travel leave request meaning I handed in my notice, but this just adds to the excitement of me going now and not knowing what’s coming next in life on my return!

“Where are you going then?” -
New Zealand for a month, Fiji for a week, Australia for six weeks, Thai Islands for ten days, Thailand/Vietnam/Laos/Cambodia for a month, India for ten days and to top it off… Dubai for five nights. Phew.

These destinations are the kind that you don’t usually cover on your annual summer holiday. That’s the excitement of it. Going completely out of my comfort zone, surviving on bare essentials and meeting new people. I would love to do Japan and Iceland at some point to, but I think this is enough for one trip!

Sounds so simple right?
Not. I’ve spent the last month or so completely fretting about the whole thing. Because there are so many destinations to cover and the fact we have pretty much booked everything we are doing it’s hard to keep track of what still needs to be sorted!

Still on my to-do list
Visas – Currently having Inidan Visa processed (on second attempt after cocking up the first one) and then need to sort Vietnam Visa too.

Jabs – I’ve had one appointment of four so far (there’s a lot that’s required and they aren’t exactly cheap!) so still got another 3 sessions in the next month!

Luggage and Packing – Don’t get me started. Actually, I think I’m more organised than I should be as I pretty much have what I need now, including the beast of a case I’m taking with me and all the toiletries/ bare essentials (primarily thanks to my Christmas stocking full of health essentials and Jonathan for his contribution of toilet seat covers and sink plugs!). It’s just mainly ALL the documentation I need to sort and remember to take copies of and actually take with me! Oh, and clothes.

1 month to go…

Posted by shtumpy 08:33 Archived in United Kingdom Tagged 1 visas month jabs fate Comments (0)

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