It’s exactly two months today until we’ll be boarding the first flight on our 30-hour journey to Auckland, New Zealand to begin our trip around the world.
As it creeps ever closer, I’m constantly filled with a mixture of emotions but right now all I feel is excitement. Excitement to explore the world with my best friend, excitement to try all the food that I couldn’t even dream of and excitement to make my lifelong dreams of travelling a reality.
With that in mind, here’s the monthly update on where we are with regards to planning for our trip around the world – 2 months before!
Our trip around the world – 2 months before!
Bought my hiking boots
For Christmas, Matt and I very kindly received numerous Go Outdoors vouchers which were incredibly ideal for picking up a few extra bits that we needed for our trip.
One thing that I didn’t have was a good pair of walking/hiking boots, so a couple of weeks ago we headed to Go Outdoors to try some out.
The pair I bought are the Vango Velan Women’s Waterproof Boots and they were actually only the second pair I tried on and they’ve quickly become my new favourite things.
They’re not overwhelmingly stylish but oh my goodness are they comfy. It’s honestly like a hug for my feet; they’re incredibly waterproof (and snow-proof, after we put them to the test in Oslo!) and they’re also ideal for walking long distances.
I’ll probably write an entire post about everything I’m packing for travelling soon but I just wanted to give them a quick review here because I honestly don’t remember what I wore on my feet before I had these! I’ve even taken to wearing them just to nip into town or to the shops!
Booked in for our vaccinations
I was hoping that when I wrote this post, I’d be able to say that we’d had some of our vaccinations but we were scheduled to have our appointment last Friday and the nurse cancelled on us last minute.
We are scheduled to go back in tomorrow for our free vaccinations however, and then we’ll need to book an appointment to get the paid for ones done.
When I discovered how much it was going to cost us, I nearly passed out. It’s going to cost anywhere between £400 and £800 EACH. These are the types of things that no one ever really mentions about going travelling.
We knew we’d obviously need some vaccinations, but we weren’t fully aware of just how expensive it was going to be! If you’re preparing for a trip around the world anytime soon, make sure you take into account just how expensive things can be!
Arranged our leaving party
When we first decided to go travelling, Matt and I knew we wanted to throw a huge leaving party for all our friends and family so that we could celebrate together before we headed off.
My family and I had a leaving party when we moved to New Zealand 8 years ago, so I knew I wanted to do something similar now that Matt and I were heading off on our own adventure.
It’s been a little stressful trying to organise everything as there’s a fair few people who will be coming but my mum and dad have helped us out tremendously so that we can have a brilliant night.
Our leaving party is just four days before we actually fly out to New Zealand so it’ll be a great way to enjoy quality time with everyone and have one last huge party!
Started making plans for what we want to do in New Zealand
If you saw my ultimate Oceania travel bucket list, you may have noticed that there’s just a few places that I want to visit in New Zealand.
As I used to live there, I’m excited to show Matt all the places I remember going to but also exploring new ones together. I also never went to the South Island so it’ll be so cool to explore the likes of Mount Cook, Fox Glacier and Milford Sound, as well as places likes Queenstown and Wellington.
We’ve also looked into some accommodation and transport options for when we visit the South Island. We’re house-sitting for my old next door neighbour when we’re in the North Island so our accommodation is covered for pretty much six weeks when we first arrive.
When it comes to travelling around the South Island however, we’re currently weighing up whether we want to hire a camper van and travel around on our own accord, or to use a bus service and then pay for hostels and cheap Airbnb apartments when we need to. If you have any advice on this, I’d love to know!
Reading lots of travel books
Amongst all my freelancing and travel blogging work, I’ve also been making dedicated time to read some of the many travel books I’ve collected over the years.
I recently wrote a post on my favourite travel books that have been giving me constant inspiration for a while now and it’s been so good reading through them all.
I’ve added many more places on my travel bucket list and I’ve also got a list as long as my arm of all the different cuisines I want to try in each place we visit!
Reading these books is giving me so much wanderlust and inspiration for travelling and it’s making me so excited that we’re only two whole months away now!
Health and fitness progress
Unfortunately, my healthy eating has subdued a little in the last couple of weeks as we’ve been out numerous times with friends and family for meals out and drinking occasions.
Whenever I can however, I’ve still been making an effort to be as healthy as possible and ensuring that I’m going to be in the best shape possible before we go. It’s proving to be a little tricky as we both have big birthdays coming up (we both turn 21 before we leave!) and we also have two holidays scheduled before we even set off on our trip around the world! 😐
Not only that, but with us leaving in just two months, we’ve also been making the effort to spend much more time with friends and family which has resulted in eating out an awful lot! I really don’t mind too much though as trying out new restaurants and places to eat is one of my very favourite things to do and spending quality time with people before we go means the world to me.
Having said that, I did manage to run further than I have ever done before the other day . So while I’m not going to be competing in the Olympics anytime soon, it did feel nice to make some progress with my fitness.
As ever, if you have any tips to help us prepare now that we’re only two months before our trip around the world, let me know in the comments or on Twitter @imjustagirl_16.