A Travellerspoint blog

September 2010

London Heathrow Terminal 3

09-09-2010

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View RTW Part 2 (Aus/New Z/Cook Islands ... home time) on RosiePony's travel map.

Here is the truth about travelling on your own- it sucks. Airport wise at least. This is from a view point of someone who has been travelling as a pair for a number of yrs! No one to watch your bags when you're in the loo, to save a seat whilst u get food, to stand in the queue whilst u try to decide which choccy u want...but you know what? I survived the toilets, WHS and managed to find a seat once I had my cuppa tea and bagel (bacon mushrooms n sweet chili sauce to get me ready for the spice of Singapore!). So I can survive, just as every other individual on earth does! And life alone doesn't have to suck. I just need to take the time to find out what I want- and do it!

So many people commented on how brave they think I am for travelling alone. To be honest, I don't feel brave, I just try not to think about my entire journey in one go otherwise I feel overwhelmed by it all. But I am excited, and the guidebooks are the best way to spur me on, once I start reading about a place I get so excited to be going there. And I know I'll fit back into the pace of travelling and the mindset that comes with it soon. The UK lifestyle has done me in, I'm once again bothered about fresh clothes, nice hair and western toilets and not sweating! Ok, the sweat I'll always hate but it is inevitable...maybe the arctic will be my next adventure?

Singapore is my first destination. A cosmopolitan city. In other words lots of westerners, taxis, expensive hotels, skyscrapers and a mix of cultures. I'm staying in a district called little India, so that should be interesting. Last minute yesterday I went to Stanfords, (the best map shop in the UK and my favorite shop ever - after Hotel Chocolate) in Covent Garden, to get a flexi-map of Singapore. I highly recommend them for big cities, they're flexible and waterproof (does what it says on the tin, or in this case, name). As a geographer, who loves maps, this makes me feel at home in a big city cos no matter what, I can always direct someone or get myself home (in theory!).

I am sat in the departure lounge waiting to board the mahoosive plane sat outside (Airbus A380 for those plane spotters). I've tried taking photos but can only do so from inside since we'll walk through a tube into the plane (you know what I mean)... I think special people go up top (first and business) then premium economy below at the front and all the rest of us (economy) below everywhere else. I am going to ask to look at the cockpit but have an idea I'll get a big fat NO!

Challenge one: airport survival - complete!

Posted by RosiePony 00:41 Archived in United Kingdom Tagged backpacking air_travel Comments (0)

This is it!

(famous last words)

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Well, i may not be famous like Michael Jackson (although what he's most famous for is now debatable), but i have to say "This is it!" because i am off on my own adventure around the globe. This is something i have to do, want to do and am going to do! If i keep thinking those things, this HUGE trip doesnt seem like such a big hill to climb on my own...

Last week
My flights have been officially booked. I booked through STA Travel, primarily a student travel organisation, but they cater for other travellers as well (me included). My itinerary is:

If you can't be bothered to look at the map then i am going to:
Singapore
Malaysian Penninsular then to Malaysian Borneo
Indonesia - Java, Bali and Lombok
Australisa - Darwin overland to Alice Springs, Cairns overland to Melbourne
Fiji
New Zeland - Auckland to Auckland via a big circle around both North and South Islands
Santiago, Chile
Buenos Aires, Argentina

I have booked my hostel in Little India, Singapore for 3 nights allowing me enough time to have a curry (very important!), hike up the big hill (National Park trails), see a night safari (although already done this in Thailand so not sure if the repeat will be worthwhile) and of course, have a Singapore Sling in Raffles! (mum - it's a cocktail!)

Monday
Today finally feels like things are coming together. My Australian visa has been confirmed (after only applying online - for free- on Saturday) so I am excited about that. My e-ticket with all my flight info arrived this morning in my Inbox, so I can stop panicking about being say by my PC waiting for it to arrive! My ticket is printed. I have all the medication I need (inhalers, antihistamine, malaria tables etc) and could now give Boots a run for its money. Wait, Thats where i got most of my stuff from, I'm the one paying their staff wages ha ha. I have been vaccinated again and i'm not sure whats left to have! I must say, the Swine Flu vaccine hurt the most :s Somewhere in all of this busy day i fit in packing (sort of) and watching my nephew have his first swimming lesson (he is a natural!).

Tuesday
Re-packing and lightening the load of my rucksack. I think the plasters were weighing it down (seriously, i have bought 4 packs in total i think - overkill!).

For those of you interested, i am taking:
2 x trousers (one linen, one cotton)
2 x knee length shorts
2 x short shorts (one for beach one to sleep in)
1 x T-shirt (sleep in)
3 x dresses made in Vietnam (they were handy then, they'll be handy again)
2 x eve tops
2 x day tops shoulders covered
2 x day tank tops
1 x long sleeved top
1 x fleece (for travel)
2 x light socks and trainer socks
1 x wool socks
underwear & bakinis (cant forget those)
walking boots
trainers
flip flops
first aid kit (i saved you from breaking this down - take what you need or buy it out there)
toiletries (again, i saved you from breaking this down)
mosquito net
cotton sleeping bag liner (amazingly handy)
rapid dry light huge towel
spork (knife, fork, spoon)
fold down cup (its brill)
teabags (can't leave home without them!)
tissues
hand wipes
hand gel
matches
pen knife
mosquito spray/plug in stuff
travel wash
ear plugs
head torch + battery

...can you see how i may have over packed?! All 'essential' though for the survival of the Rose. And there will be stuff i have forgotten to list... Hmm prob should weigh my pack...It is 60 litres. And the list didn't include my day sack:
camera
camera stand
spare battery
camera case
monocular
book
travel pillow
eyemask
travel guides...

now for the final touches before I fly off from Heathrow... prob next communication will be Singapore...see you then!

Posted by RosiePony 08:33 Archived in United Kingdom Tagged preparation Comments (0)

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