The last week has been both productive and expensive in terms of my travel planning. I’ve decided to finally get my bum in gear as with only 15 weeks to go, everything is getting rather real! This week I have:
Gone to visit my GP about travel jabs:
I plucked up the courage to go and speak to a nurse about what jabs I would need to travel with. Turns out the answer is quite a few. Apparently I need boosters for Tetanus, Typhoid and Diphtheria ( I was told I could have these there and then but I politely declined) and then was advised to get vaccinations for Rabies and Hepatitis B. Unfortunately, my former GP decided it was good idea to give me two vaccinations for Hep A, so instead of getting a free of charge combined Hep A & B vaccine I now have to pay £90 for my Hep B; not a happy bunny. All in all I will be getting stabbed a grand total of 9 times between now and December for the bargain of £180. Lovely.
Booked my vaccinations:
As well as attending my travel consultation, I have also booked appointments to have all of my vaccinations. Woo.
Paid off my flights in full:
I have now paid for all of my flights in full; so there is no going back now! I paid half of my share by card and half in cash. I may have looked like a bit of a drug lord but I felt like a baller.
Booked the Kiwi Trail:
We think that for Australia we may want to hire or buy our own car or camper for part of our time, but we hadn’t really thought about how to get around New Zealand. We finally decided to book the Kiwi experience to take the stress and cost out of our travel across the country. We bought the ‘Kitchen Sink’ which is the most comprehensive route available and this cost us around £550 pounds.
Begun to organise Visas:
We have now researched all of our visas for the various countries we are visiting and know roughly what we need to do for each of them. Obtaining them is one of my next admin jobs in the coming weeks!
Bought toothbrush holders:
Silly I know, but they were only a pound each and there’s nothing I hate more than your toiletries exploding onto your toothbrush. It’s also one of those pathetic things that makes you think ‘I’ve got this, I’m bossing the travel prep right now’ – whatever you say Caroline, whatever you say.
Next on my list of to-do’s:
- Organise and obtain visas
- Book hostel accommodation in Chiang Mai so that we can notify the Elephant sanctuary.
- Book our time in Fiji – we have been looking to book something with Awesome Fiji, which would include all of our meals, accommodation and activities. We want Fiji to be our ‘no stress’ part to our trip and seeing as everywhere seems to be super expensive, it may make sense to book something like this.