Will do. Well I put VR as my first choice on Friday, I should find out by the beginning of June what will happen and if I get it I will be free by July!
That’s good advice Vicky, as I have already saved the money I wanted for the trip the redundancy money will be useful for when I return! When I first went away in 2008 I barely had the money for the trip, and at times it was too tight on the penny pinching and I think I probably enjoyed myself less than I could have done due to worrying! This time I have got more than enough so I don’t anticipate any worries :-).
Found out I have VR! Except it turns out theres a 12 week notice period….so I won’t be leaving work until the end of August. Grr.
Guess I can now plan though! Scary :D.
Don’t worry, 12 weeks will fly by and you’ve got plenty to do between now and then. First priority is to decide where you’re going to go and then get some medical advice on what jabs you’re going to need. Your GP should have a clinic, nurse or process to support you with this, although there maybe a cost for some and you may need to go to a private clinic for others.
Next up you need to plan your route and see a travel agent to check it’s feasible and how much it’s going to cost. They may also be able to give you some guidance on if any changes will make it easier/cheaper. Once you’ve got a good idea of where and when you’re going to places, you can check what visas you’re going to need and whether you can get them on arrival or need to get them in advance.
Make sure your passport has plenty of time left on it (you should have at least 6 months left on it when you return home as some countries insist on this. Also, get some travel insurance. Remember it starts protecting you as soon as you’ve bought it in case you can’t go for some serious reason, so get it as soon as you can.
Most important of all – enjoy the whole experience! It can be stressful at times, but every decision is yours, it’s your adventure and you can do whatever you want. Whatever you decide, you’re bound to have a brilliant time, so go for it!!
Good advice thanks, need to start fine tuning my plan now! I am stressing a bit still but I’ll calm down, life is about taking risks after all! If I stay where I am forever and regret not doing anything I will be one miserable person :D.
Kick starting my old thread here, thought I would do an update. I had an earlier notice period than I realised and I finished work last week. Just booking the final things for my trip and waiting for visas and then ill be off 19th July! I’m scared and excited at the same time :D.
So what’s the plan? Where you going?
Wow that’s all so quick but awesome, good for you! I also would love to know what you’ve got planned? How have you gotten on with sorting everything out in such a short time?
Yes, it’s been a bit manic but I’ve managed to sort all my visas and jabs out just in time. It’s been a bit stressful and I will definitely get on the case quicker next time!
I’m flying to Moscow then taking the trans siberian to Beijing. I’m doing a walking tour round the great wall, figured it was time to venture my walking trips outside the peak district :D. After that I am off to Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos for a while. I’m wondering if I have given myself long enough, I’ve made my flight home flexible if I want to stay a bit longer!
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