Bye Bye UK! xxx
I am finally sat in LHR, Terminal 3 waiting to board my flight to Bangkok - thus meaning in just over 10 hours from now I will have officially joined the backpacking club!
Let me re-cap back to the Summer of 2011, it was during one particular weekend in July when I turned to my best friend Will and announced I was feeling a little fed up, which was due to a mixture of reasons. The conclusion I reached that weekend was to finally take my solo trip around the world. (An idea i had been toing with on and off for a couple of years.) This time however it just seemed right, so i did just that, come the Monday I had already worked out my route and after that the rest all fell into place!
In December I worked my last 2 weeks notice packed up my London home and headed back to my parents in Lincs to celebrate Christmas whilst finishing organising my trip.
I brought myself a TFX Nuptse, Lowe Alpine, 75Litre backpack
The weight limit is 23kgs - so plenty of space. Carrying my rucksack for long periods of time will be a challenge. I did my Duke of Edinburgh award when I was 14 and I hated carrying my backpack. (Although I'd like to think Im much fitter and stronger now)
Here I am all loaded up ready to leave for the airport. I do have my rucksack on but this pic is a little blurry!
The recommended purchases for my trip (other than my backpack) are:
- ITouch -(this was recommended by myself) It's amazing, its does everything the iPhone does apart from make actually voice calls, however you can still make video face calls and text other iPhone users. I will be able to access my emails, Facebook and my music etc...
Hanging Wash Bag I managed to find the perfect ZPM weekender wash bag. Its really pretty so Im hoping it will still in my possession on my return to the UK.
Halifax Credit Card (Recommended my Alan T) This is great as it does free cash withdrawal worldwide!
Body Wallet The idea is you keep your passport in the wallet and it goes over you neck and under your T-shirt. Great idea, remains to be seen if I will actually use it.
Nokia Phone - Back to basics with my phone which I like. Is it Tri Band or Quad Band who knows but its got a really long battery life.
Sleeping Bag Liner I went for the Cotton Liner in Blue. I now wish I had brought the liner in white as I figure if any spiders, roaches etc.. crawl into the liner I would be able to spot them first before I jump in.....
Towel - A giant travel towel, which feels like shammy leather.
Day Rucksack -I found a steal of a buy on Amazon as they really do sell everything and a lower prices
Im really quite pleased with my purchases and Ive packed well. If I had the space I would have liked to pack a few more clothes! But I guess and know I will pick up more along the way.
I am booked into my hotel in Bangkok for the first 3 nights, and my Lonely Planet guides have given me many ideas, I think I will first head South to the islands and in particular Krabi. My friends have been really helpful and in particular Nix's and Alan T have been great of advise.
I'm still not quite sure what/who is waiting for me on the other side and quite what to expect but this is what makes the trip so e-x-c-i-t-i-n-g!