3 Months Until I Leave to Travel!


In exactly 3 month’s time, I will have touched down in Croatia and be eight hours into my RTW trip.

With three months to go, I feel entirely unprepared with a huge amount of things to get done in such a short amount of time. I’ve had my blog for roughly 3 months now, so to think I’m half way through the countdown is daunting, terrifying, and exciting.

The past month

So what did I do over the past month?

I made money selling Michael Jackson

I have a confession to make. I used to have an obsession with Michael Jackson. And when I say obsession, I really mean obsession! I was only of those crazy people you’d see on TV weeping over him, claiming how desperately in love they are with him, devoting their life to spreading the Jackson name… Well,  I wasn’t that bad, but I was pretty close.

I bought Michael Jackson crap from eBay, the best of which being a duvet that was made in the 70’s, and had quite obviously been used for thirty years as it was so smelly and faded. I am ashamed to admit that I did indeed sleep with it on several occasions before my mum forced me to throw it out! What all of this obsessing means is that a lot of my childhood bedroom is filled with Michael Jackson junk, or “memorabilia”, but yeah, mainly just junk. However, one man’s junk is another man’s gold and all that. So in trying to sell most of my possessions before leaving for this trip I decided to list a lot of it on eBay to see if anything would come of it… I was completely astounded to discover the value of some of these items I’d been hoarding away for years! For example, a CD box set I bought for £20 just sold for £160! Due to this, March has been an extremely good month for selling – I’ve made a lot more money than I expected to and cleared the creepiness out of my room.

Other than ridding my room of my creepy childhood obsession, I haven’t done too much else. I’ve applied for a few promising temping jobs as I’ll have six weeks or so between finishing my exams and leaving for my trip, so if I can pick up lots of work instead of sitting around being lazy then that will be good.

My itinerary has changed yet again with me thinking that instead of flying from China to Australia to work for a year and then going up to SE Asia afterwards, I may instead travel from China into Vietnam and work my way through SE Asia first. As always, I won’t make any definite plans and will decide once I’m out there, but I’m leaning more towards the latter option at this point.

Over the coming month…

To be honest, I really don’t expect to achieve much over the next few weeks as I have my final exams in the middle of May (last exams of my life!) so most my time will be spent revising in preparation. Words cannot describe how excited I will be when they are finally over. I cannot wait to be officially be done with being a student.

Although my target amount for my trip looks to be unachievable at this point, I expect to have reached it and gone over by this time next month! Lots of luck has fallen my way, and I’ll soon have a huge boost to my funds!

I have an appointment next week to get my first set of travel vaccinations, which I am NOT looking forward to! Lauren and needles really do not mix. I just hope I don’t embarrass myself and pass out like that time I got my ears pierced in the middle of a shop and fell off my chair unconscious in front of screaming children! Sigh…

I’m going backpack shopping tomorrow, so I hope to finally be able to make a decision on that front. I also have £50 worth of Amazon vouchers so I will probably start using those up on little travel related items. And that’s about it!

I’m so excited!

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6 Comments

  1. Dalene - Hecktic Travels
    April 17, 2011
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    Tell me that you at least kept the studded white glove (which I am sure you must have had?) :)

    I used to have one of the fake red leather jackets with zips all over them. Coolio.

    Who knew ole MJ would come in so handy for you now to create funds??

    • April 18, 2011
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      Hahaha, of course I had one, I had the complete outfit! I haven’t sold it yet though, sometimes i wear it in winter to keep one hand warm hahaha.

  2. Michael Hodson
    April 18, 2011
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    Ummmm, your Michael Jackson obsession is a mite bit frightening. At this point, I think we need to meet up in a public place later this year, just to make sure I can run away easily, if you are wearing a single white glove or such ;)

    On the serious side, as to the Amazon credits, do you have a Kindle yet? If not, I could not recommend any single purchase more for your travels. Saves an amazing amount of weight and space for books. Can DL lots of books for free (Mike Snowdon just wrote a great post on those resources). You can get free text internet in many places in the world, which will save you a lot of internet cafe money answering emails and such. In my book (ha ha ha), it is a must-travel-purchase.

    • April 18, 2011
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      Oh see now I’m SO tempted to pack my whole Thriller outfit with me just so i can wear it for you!

      I haven’t got a Kindle yet, but I definitely plan on getting one before I leave, everyone I’ve spoken to thinks they’re great for traveling with!

  3. Neil
    April 19, 2011
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    I don’t wish to be nasty here hun, but how the heck do you have so much to write about when you still haven’t left Staines yet!?!?

    Hehehe… keep up the good work!

    • April 19, 2011
      Reply

      Because I’m that excited that I never run out of things to say?!

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