Time is money

For once, I am planning on not planning much of trip at all. I’m just going to play it by ear, go with the flow, take it as it comes.  It’s a bit tricky since there are certain things that I want or need to do at certain times – diving the Blue Hole in Belize on my birthday, studying Spanish at a school in Antigua, and visiting one of my World Vision sponsor children in Panama.

Then, my return flight from Bogota to London is at the end of April, although it is changeable.

A lot of people ask me how long I’ll be away for, and the details are always a bit sketchy. I figure that if I’m having a good time living out of a backpack then I can always extend my trip. But if my money runs out sooner from all the diving and partying, then I could be back in London before you can say “see ya later”.

Working out the budget for my trip has not been easy. I have a bit saved up, and I’m hoping that by the time I get my bonus (fingers crossed!), the bond from my current flat, and the money that my brother owes me, I’ll have a decent kitty to play with.

The Lonely Planet guide recommends around US$30 a day (Honduras and Nicaragua are cheap, Belize and Panama not so much) so I think I should be able to travel for a while! However, pressing on my mind is when I should move back to Australia and resume a more serious life. I do want to kick off my exciting business idea after all, and I’m definitely not a spring chicken anymore!

Oh well, plenty of time to ponder the rest of my life later. Only 8 working days left until unemployment!

The world out there

It’s not deemed socially a good thing, but I am now unemployed for the first time ever since I finished university! So now the countdown has truly begun for my move to the UK.

The next three weeks before I depart on 21 December will be a whirlwind of putting my vast collection of crap into storage, spending quality time with my family, last minute farewells with my friends, and trying to fit in some fun stuff in between.

I don’t feel nervous or apprehensive at all about the move – just incredibly excited! It’s something that I’ve been wanting to do for such a long time, and the thought of seeing all the wonderful cities and cultures around Europe just has me salivating. We already have a trip to Venice booked for Christmas (and trying to fit in some skiing there too), and some short trips to Ireland and Spain. And that’s only until the end of January! Then we have tickets to the Reading Festival in August, which will be an amazing music experience.

So I have redesigned my website in anticipation of lots of stories and updates about our travels around Europe. Hopefully I will be much better at updating my blog from now on than I have been in the last couple of years!

lounge room

Goodbye lounge room!  Goodbye home!