Research, research, research and planning and booking...when will it ever end?
12.02.2008 - 10.03.2008
Europe in Winter and Asia in summer offers up its own considerations when attempting to travel light. All the advice in the world cannot prepare for the freezing days that I haven't endured for forty years and a long faded memory of things of pain. But I do have recent experience of the heat and humidity that is ever constant in South East Asia which can only add to the dilemma in planning this trip.
From the moment I had a reason to do this trip, I needed to do a lot of research, not only for how to get were I wanted to go, where to stay when I get there, what to do and see that is relevant, but with a research trip with a purpose in mind and a short time to do it, I needed a tight itinerary. The more I added to this itinerary, the more I found I needed to see and hence the time set aside started to become condensed and crowded. But this makes for a trip with a purpose, I figured. Well, possibly but it also makes for a reliance on travel connections and unforeseen lay-overs that can easily wipe out half a day.
Well, the time has almost arrived when all has been planned and booked, the itinerary is crowded and the credit card debit is bulging. This forced the creation of a spreadsheet in Excel to keep track of what I've paid for, what has been booked, what needs to be paid at the location and what deposits have been paid and the balances outstanding. These things need to be kept track of or things can get out of hand, the budget is shot and there is the chance of being overcharged or pay for something already paid for. The result is a binder that is starting to bulge with e-booking tickets and confirmations.
With just over two weeks before setting of on this journey, I'm only now starting to feel confident I've covered all bases...what's that I hear? Never! I agree, there will always be the unexpected when traveling and that's why I've set up this travel journal for all to follow my journey and join with me in my experiences and how I combat those unexpected hurdles that will inevitably block my passage (a common ailment when traveling).