I’m both incredibly excited and incredibly nervous to post this as it means that our trip around the world is getting really real now.
With arguably the biggest ‘event’ of my life fast approaching, I feel like it’s about time that I start a proper blog series documenting all the steps we’re taking to make our trip a reality.
We’ve been planning it for over a year now but with only six months until we’re due to set off, we really need to up our game and start really setting things into motion.
Here’s where we are with regards to our trip around the world – six months before.
Chose our first destination
We deliberated the idea of where our trip would begin for so many months until we finally settled on somewhere we both knew we desperately wanted to go: New Zealand.
If you’ve been reading my blog for a while now, you may know that I actually used to live in New Zealand when I was 13 and it’s a place that’s held a special place in my heart ever since. It’s also a place that I know Matt will absolutely love so it made sense for us to begin our trip there.
Not only that, but as I’m fairly familiar with the country, it won’t seem as big of a culture shock as it would have been if we’d started in Asia, for example.
I’m so excited to go back to where I used to live; we’re actually going to be house sitting for my old next door neighbour so we’ll be staying right next to where I used to live! I can’t wait to see how everything’s changed over the last six/seven years and I’m so excited to see people who I used to know, as well as to do all the things (and more!) that we did when we lived there.
Started to look at flights
Since choosing the first destination for our trip, we’ve also started to look at flights out to New Zealand for the last week of April. We want to be in New Zealand before the first of May and as the journey can take over 24 hours due to stopovers, we need to make sure we’re there in plenty of time.
We’re actually going to book the flights next month which is when I think everything will really start to feel real. We’ll almost be in touching distance of our trip and once everything’s booked and finalised, the real fun begins!
The thing I’m most nervous for is saying goodbye to all my family and friends as it’s going to be the hardest thing to do. However, wherever we are in the world, we’ll only be a plane, train or car journey away so I know we can come back whenever we want, and people can come out to visit us too!
Saving everything we can
We’ve obviously been saving for our trip for quite some time now but as we’re in the final six months before we set off, we really need to start saving every penny we can.
I’m already pretty good in the fact that I don’t spend my disposable income on lunch everyday (I take it to work with me), and I’m not really a huge shopper so any money that could go towards that, goes straight into my savings account.
It’s definitely going to be hard to save rigorously over the Christmas period, especially with presents to buy, parties to attend and various modes of transport to hop on in order to see everyone but we’re determined to do our best.
It may mean that we have to skip a few parties, or budget well when Christmas shopping but we’ll still have the most amazing Christmas, despite saving as much as we can.
I think I’ll actually do a whole post on how we’ve saved for our trip and how much we plan on saving between us – let me know in the comments if that’s something you’d like to read!
Began research on what we need to do/buy
If you read my post on how we’re preparing for our trip around the world, then you’ll have probably seen that I’ve gone a little spreadsheet mad when it comes to planning.
I have a huge document full of various tabs that contain information about everything we need to buy and do before we go.
We still need to apply for and get visas, we’ll have to sort all our medical care and prescriptions out and then we actually have to purchase everything we need to take with us.
This step is definitely something we really need to start working on in the next few months, so I’m hoping my trusty spreadsheets will guide us on the right path!
We also need to ensure we have all the right travel insurance and injections before we go anywhere so we’re fully covered in the unlikely event of an emergency. I’m pretty sure they already are, but we also need to check that our passports are in date and that they won’t run out while we’re away…
I’ve also actually just upgraded my phone plan too which now allows me to use calls, texts and data all around the world! This was something that was on my list of things to do so I’m glad I’ve already managed to tick it off!
That’s pretty much where we’re at with regards to our trip planning six months before! If you have any useful advice or tips, let me know in the comments or on Twitter @imjustagirl_16.