Monday, 28 June 2010

'Giirl put your rucksack onnn'

So, it took me 3 weeks, 4 shopping trips and countless cries for help on Twitter, but I finally got there and chose my bag for travelling!

For me this was one of the hardest things because I know I'm going to have to live out of it for 4 months so it has to be perfect (naturally!)

I only wanted to spend £70 max on my bag, so the Berghaus Jalan 55+15 was out of the question sadly.

I ended up getting this (slightly smaller and much cheaper) Eurohike 45+15 travelsack:




I'm still panicking that it's not big enough- look at that tiny thing! Still, I was drawn in by all its crazy functions and how much it expands! I won't go into detail because I sound like a sales person for Millets.
Hey maybe they'll employ me when I get back and I'm a jobless bum. Hmm.

Anyway, it's here if you want some specs: http://www.millets.co.uk/rucksacks/rucksacks/product/103421.html

I'm a rucksack whizz now thanks to @GapYearEscape and @JonChoo on Twitter. Cheers guys, hopefully I've got the right bag now :)


Money, Money, Money!

This is something that has been a constant issue ever since I decided I wanted to quit the day job, pack my bags and head off round the world.

Money.

I’m still only in my first ‘proper’ job since graduating from university so though I may be getting a fairly acceptable wage, I have no savings (or rich parents), I’m paying off my student loan every month and I travel into London every day which, although I’m still technically in zone 6, is a lot of money!

This, coupled with my uncontrollable addiction to shoes and ‘all things pretty’ means it has been rather a challenge to save for this trip. I had originally intended to have £5K total for the 4 months I’m away, but since paying for all the necessary tours and excursions (so I’m not a complete loner) and the ridiculously priced Malaria tablets and injections, I’m left with only just £4K.

So, as I’m a first time traveller and stupid looking for advice, I wondered if anyone else could advise me. Will £4,000 be enough to cover my accommodation, food and living costs while I’m away? I have an emergency overdraft just in case (I get mauled by an animal, decide to elope, see a nice pair of shoes etc) but I don’t really want to use it unless I have to! And I don't really want to end up like these guys...



Also, what’s the best way of taking this money about with me, ie credit card, cash card, travellers cheques etc?

Any help appreciated :)

Saturday, 26 June 2010

Welcome!

Well, hello again Blogger!

After a short but sweet stint as a fashion and beauty blogger on F.A.B, I've now moved to here to bore inspire you with tales from my four months travelling (see sidebar!)

Of course, as it's my first time on such a big trip and I'm ridin' solo, I'm going to have a lot to babble on about before I go so I want to use this as an outlet to meet other travellers, talk about their experiences, seek advice and just generally try my hand at something I've always wanted to do- travel writing!

I met some really lovely people through the beauty blogging community, and I know there's loads of bored/frustrated travellers out there like me, so I look forward to meeting you all on here, on Twitter (@Little_lost1) and maybe even around the world!

LL x