4 Months Until I Leave to Travel: What Am I Supposed to Do?


It’s that time again! In under four months time I’ll be waking up in Croatia on the very first day of my round the world trip. I’ve almost had this blog for that amount of time, so it’s a bit scary to think I only need to live that much more again.

To summarise this month: uneventful, disappointing, stressful. The past four weeks have been my final four weeks as a student. I’ve been spending every spare second working on my masters project and trying to get everything finished in time. I finished two days ago and I’ve only really just manage to catch up on sleep! Never Ending Footsteps has taken a backseat during this time, and so has my planning. Now I no longer have lectures, I plan on spending a couple of hours each day researching and planning. The rest of my time will be filled with hardcore revision

Onto my achievements for this month:

Selling Everything I Own

This took a backseat due to the insane amount of deadlines I had to meet. My budget has taken a bit of a hit because of this, and I haven’t been making as much as I would have liked. However, after the 25th March, I’ll only have revision to occupy my mind so can put a few hours a day towards selling.

State of the Budget

I’ll have a student loan payment in April that I’m going to put towards my savings, which should bump up my total, as well as a few other projects that should help me increase the numbers, too.

Backpack hunting

I spent the past month visiting backpack shops around London to get an idea of what I’d like to take with me. I haven’t been able to make a definitive decision yet, but I am toying with the idea of taking a 40l bag with me. The idea of traveling around the world with just hand luggage appeals to me, but I don’t know if it is a possibility.  I’ll be taking my Macbook Pro, my DSLR camera, and about three different lenses, so I’m worried that once I fit all that in I wont have room for much else.

Vaccination time

I started researching vaccinations this month, and I’m pleased to say I have it all sorted! I’ll be getting vaccinations for Hepatitis A and Typhoid, as these are free on the NHS. I’ll also be having Hepatitis B, Japanese B Encephalitis, and Rabies but these will be taken about a month before I leave, so I don’t have to freak myself out about them just yet. The only one I’m trying to figure out is the malaria tablets. The cheapest tablet you can take is called Doxycycline. A few years ago I used to be prone to sinus infections, and was always prescribed Doxycycline to treat them. I am concerned I may have built up some kind of immunity to them. I really don’t want to use the more expensive ones though! I’ll talk to my doctor over the next few weeks to see what he suggests.

Visas

I’ve spent a lot of time researching visas and I now have a list of all the places I will need visas for before entering the country. I also have a rough idea of where I’ll be and when, so I’ve been able to work out what visas I’d like to get before I leave. I will get my Russian, Mongolian, and Chinese visas before leaving, and possibly the Australian Working Holiday visa as that will be valid for one year after applying.

Adding more and more destinations!

I’ve decided that I now want to visit Taiwan, Macau, Bora Bora and possibly Easter Island, too! I love how every week or so another destination creeps onto my list, but none ever seem to get dropped from it!

Over the next four weeks…

My main priority at the moment is going to have to be revision, and I need to focus on that more than anything. However, I will have a lot more spare time that I didn’t have before so I am still hoping to get a fair amount done in the next few weeks.

  • I am going to buy my plane ticket; a one way ticket to Croatia, departing July 16th. I’ve been putting it off for so long, purely through fear, as the second I click purchase on that ticket, there really is no going back! I know that tickets will just get more and more expensive the longer I leave it so I really want to buy it now. I’m probably looking at spending about £80. I just need to decide which city I want to fly to first and then I’m good to go! Scary stuff.
  • I am going to buy my backpack. I spend so much time researching and looking into different bags that really, I just want to buy one now and get it over with! Once I know what size I have to work with, I can start working out what are essentials to pack, and what I can leave behind.
  • Insurance companies. I want to start looking into insurance and comparing companies to see which ones are going to work out best for long-term travel whilst remaining cost-effective too.
  • Get back into the swing of selling things online to add some more money to my savings. I really need to start doing this seriously as my room is still a complete mess and filled with so much stuff I just don’t need anymore. I want it all gone!
  • I also want to set some targets for my blog. I want to keep to a posting schedule over the next 4 weeks and really force myself to stick to it. I want to post 3 times a week, and I’m thinking of making these days Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday.

So that’s it for my 4 months to go summary! I hope that when I come to write the 3 months to go post that I will have been extremely proactive and will have managed to achieve lots and lots!

 

Previous departure posts:

5 Months to go!

6 Months to go!

 

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13 Comments

  1. Abhijit
    March 27, 2011
    Reply

    Good luck with the preparation!

    Am curious, what are your other destinations/route?

  2. jill- Jack and JIll Travel
    March 27, 2011
    Reply

    Sounds like everything is coming together. Have fun shopping for stuff — this is the fun part, at least for us :)

    • Lauren
      March 28, 2011
      Reply

      I LOVE shopping for everything to take with me! Only problem is I have no self control and want to take a load of things with me I know I’ll never use! (A compass! LOL)

  3. Kieron
    March 28, 2011
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    Time really is flying! We really want to go to Bora Bora as well, the problem is that flights there are so expensive it would kill our budget! It’s still on the list though… for now.

    Good luck with it all!

    • Lauren
      March 28, 2011
      Reply

      I love that we’re both heading out at a similar time, and good luck to you too!

      Hopefully you’ll be able to make it out there as it looks AMAZING!

  4. Jaime
    April 1, 2011
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    If you can really try to get a 40L bag… I am traveling with one and I freaking love it!!! I see everyone else with such bigger bags I think its so crazy to lug all that all around.

    As for your laptop, DSLR & lenses… you are not going to want those in your big backpack. Find a nice day pack where all that and a few other things (like journal, notepad, guidebook) can fit. Because you are going to want those by your side just about at all time. Especially when you are on long bus rides…

    I love my daypack… its holds my 13″ MBP, dig cam, and a few books.

    Other than that looks like you are almsot ready!!!

    • Lauren
      April 3, 2011
      Reply

      Look at you, all experienced and offering advice! :D

      I’m definitely gonna try for one. I think I’ll buy one and just take less clothes if I need to make more things fit! Definitely need a daypack too :)

  5. Vi
    April 6, 2011
    Reply

    Do you really need a 40l backpack for you trip?
    Check the post I wrote couple years ago

    • Lauren
      April 6, 2011
      Reply

      Interesting tip Vi. I really hope to get away with a 40l!

  6. jade
    April 10, 2011
    Reply

    So exciting!! I remember the 4 month mark before our trip… we kept adding places even into the trip! Good luck!

    • Lauren
      April 10, 2011
      Reply

      I have a feeling my trip is just going to add more and more countries until there’s none left at all!!!

  7. Vicky
    April 5, 2012
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    I just came across your site for the first time today and have been browsing through numerous posts. I currently have a food blog but my boyfriend and I are putting together a travel website (acoupletravelers.com) to chronicle our 2 year backpacking trip through Europe and Asia to start this fall. It had been interesting reading through your monthly countdown posts because we are at the 5 month mark now — eek! Hope your trip is going well!

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