Only 119 days to go :)
28.08.13 - Paris was a success and we had an amazing four days together! We went to see the eiffel tower and walked up to the second floor which 669 steps! Then got the lift to the third floor! Also went to see the Cathedral of Notre Dame, put a padlock of Lover's Bridge and went to see the famous Mona Lisa in the Louvre. Finding our way around Paris was mad, they had so many train lines and Paris is huge but our hostel - Hipotel gave us a little map and were helpful with any information.
Well we only have 119 days now very exciting but nerves are kicking in when I think about leaving my family and friends. Working all the hours god sends to save all the money I can! Done all the research I can so now I have nothing to look at really without looking at stuff I've already looked at. Becca couldn't contain herself about booking another flight somewhere - our first choice was the Maldives but there was no longer any room for all four of us on the plane! So on 5th March we are flying to Boracay Island in the Philippines for a week, it looks amazing and like paradise! Little fab week break from being a backpacker haha not that it has even begun yet!
Well now we only have 4 months left we have most things like walking sandals, backpacks, clothes. Applied for our Australian visa through STA travel which was £295 and its safe to say we all were accepted surprisingly we all found out within a week but they can take up to 8 weeks but you will have a longer wait than others if you have a criminal record! Just need little things like worldwide adapter, mosquito repellent, etc. Also need our last Hep B jab in December and we have decided to get rabies as the nurse said in Southeast Asia don't have an immunoglobulin jab which apparently you need when you don't get the jabs before getting bitten. Also been advice to get the Japanese encephalitis but we have decided not to for now! I have set up Skype for me and my mum so we can call each other when we can but otherwise I think people will have to follow me on here as time difference will properly be a problem for a start! The only big thing we have left to buy now is travel insurance which we are looking around for the cheapest and best cover and longest as some websites only want to cover you for 12 months at a time. We have found our best offer price wise on globelink.com but we haven't yet compared the cover to others which are a bit more in price!
I thought the time from booking our flights, multi-flex flight pass and Dubai accommodation on the 2nd April would go slow but every thing is going so fast, even with 4 months left I feel like I am losing time to do things in between working a lot. I know I don't have much left to buy for us to go away with but I still don't think its long enough either. I leave work on the 23rd January so I have just under 3 weeks to say good bye to everyone and go see my sister in Bath. I will probably keep packing and unpacking my backpack for about a week because I can't decide on what clothes to take!