With less than 16 days before I set off with a backpack, lots of dreams and a visa card, the excitement's building! I feel strangely unnervous at the moment and don't feel like I've done much in the way of planning or organising, so I'm sure I'll remember a million things I need to do in the last couple of days before I go and end up in a mad panic. Anyone who knows me (and quite frankly I'd be surprised if anyone who doesn't know me is reading this) will not be surprised at this fact, as leaving things to the last minute seems to be the default setting for anything I do.
Having not yet travelled outside of Europe, I've been itching for years to explore a bit more of our world, so in a fairly snap decision I decided to just 'go for it'. As this is my first experience travelling, and I'll be setting off on my own for some of it, I'm sticking to the more developed areas of the world this time. The majority of my trip will be travelling round New Zealand, but I'll also be spending a week in South Africa on the way there and 12 days in Australia before I come home. What a way to celebrate finishing my PhD! Hopefully I'll be able to tick off quite a few of the 'life adventures' I want to experience before I hit the big 3-0 next year too. Safari, rock climbing, caving, canyoning, sky diving, scuba diving etc etc. Yep, I did have to fork out for an adventure sports travel insurance! I'm also hoping to have enough time in NZ to see a bit beyond the usual tourist things and learn more about Maori culture and traditions.
Well I think that's enough pre-travel waffle from me. I'll be setting of with all good intentions of keeping this blog up-to-date, so I hope you'll enjoy reading and following me on my adventure.