It’s been over 12 months since I have done any meaningful travel… and for someone that lives to travel that’s a lifetime.
In fact it’s why I’ve been so quiet on the blog front, I was having a no-travel tantrum. I couldn’t bring myself to write about seeing the world when the world seemed so far away from my apartment in Auckland.
HOWEVER it is now with great pleasure that I can say that as I write this just over two weeks remain between me and a trip to new countries, new cuisines and new cultures. Oh yeah, it feels good.
So where am I off to?
Well what started as a flippant discussion with friends about meeting up in Singapore for Formula 1 has led to a 3.5 week pilgrimage back to South East Asia and beyond.
We are starting in Singapore for the mighty F1 (fully equipped with Bon Jovi for entertainment… WHOOP), then heading on to Malaysia (two flights with Malaysia Airlines… hmm) and then on to India.
Yes in true Nic travel form we are seeing a lot in a little and yes that probably means not doing enough in each area. But at this stage I’m still in what I call ‘taste test mode’ with the world, seeing as many new places as possible then figuring out where we want to spend more time.
So for now I’m in full planning mode, organising visas, insurance and itineraries and it’s reminded me of a few top tips for planning travel. Here are a few:
- Always check if you need Visa’s. We got so caught up in life that we almost forgot to get our visa for India. Fortunately their eVisas make is super easy but it was a little ‘oh shit’ moment.
- Insurance: Always get travel insurance and don’t necessarily go for the cheapest option. Look at your policy covers and pays out, one I looked at didn’t cover natural disasters for example, and with mother nature rearing her head more often than not recently that wasn’t an option for me. Also check how much will they pay out if you loose your luggage etc.. I know it’s the dull part of travel but read up people.
- Do an itinerary double check: Usually when booking a big trip you do a lot of planning months before then forget what you booked. Go through, check that your flight dates marry up to your accommodation dates and how much luggage you’re allowed on flights. Nothing like trying to get on a flight with all your recently purchased goods only to find you’re either not allowed that much weight or you have to pay through the nose for the privilege.
Ok that’s all for now, I shall try to resume more regular Pilgrim with a Plan blogging and if it ends up being excited rants about my trip well you know what… #soznotsoz