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Travel Guide Series #3 The Big Trip – Lonely Planet

December 12, 2015

When the idea of travelling the world first came in to my head when I graduated from university, I had no idea how to go about doing it. I was full of so many questions. How much money will I need? Where shall I go? How do I book this kind of trip? I decided to buy a book which would help me decide. That book was The Big Trip by Lonely Planet.

Lonely Planet are the giants of travel guides and in my opinion always seem to be pretty trustworthy. This book is such a good buy if you’re thinking of going travelling. It’s full of so much useful information from pre-trip planning to stories from other travellers as well as maps and price guides.

The best part is the beautiful photographs through out to help you gain inspiration of where to go. You’ll be wanting to swim with dolphins off the coast of New Zealand one day and teach English to children in Ghana the next.

The book also helps you decide if you want to work, volunteer or just travel. I didn’t do any volunteering when I was away but I really wish I did. The best idea I came across was tending to orphan elephants in Sri Lanka, which sounds incredible!

The Big Trip book is regularly updated so the newer edition is slightly different than the one I have. This needs to be done so the price guides are as up to date as possible. 
As the name would suggest, this is a BIG book. It’s one to use before you go travelling and not take with you. Half of your weight allowance would be gone otherwise! So make the most of it before you go. Use it for inspiration and to find out the basics of where you decide to visit.

I hope you find the guide useful and that it brings you one step closer to having an adventure!



Lifestyle, My Life

The Final Countdown!

February 1, 2014

It’s February 1st and I’m officially unemployed! Yesterday was my last day at work and now I have 11 days to say my goodbyes and make sure everything is ready. I seem to have an ever growing list of people to see and things to do. There’s the important stuff to do with bank cards, medication etc but the hardest thing to do is making time to see my friends and family. It’s all well and good me having time off work but everyone else has their normal jobs so it’s hard finding a time to suit people. I have a very hectic schedule for the next week and a half!

The nerves are definitely starting to set in though. I think it’s the unknown that scares me. It’s extremely weird not knowing how long you are going to be away for and when you will next see your loved ones. I understand that this can be the most exciting part for some people and I am really looking forward to setting off but I’m still petrified!

Well I can’t sit around writing a blog all day, I’ve got people to see and things to do!


Travel, Travel Advice

To Plan or not to Plan?

November 25, 2013

How on earth do you begin to plan a round the world trip? Well I think the best thing to do is to plan the very beginning of your trip and then leave the rest until you get there. You have no idea how long you will want to stay somewhere and where you will have to stop and look for work when the funds are low. I realise the thought of landing in a foreign country with only a few nights accommodation booked probably strikes fear into control freaks but imagine if you had every night booked up and then you made friends with a group of people who were travelling in the opposite direction? Being flexible is the key to having a good trip.

If you’re planning a shorter trip, then you should have a bit more structure to your itinerary so you get to see the sights that you want to. When I went to Australia earlier this year I had 7 weeks to do the East Coast so I had everything planned just so I could get to Cairns in time! I still had an amazing time but it did feel rushed at times. Next year I plan to do things a bit more slowly so I can spend more time in the places I loved and visit the places I had to miss on the way up.

So there is no right way to do it but if time is on your side, the less planned, the better! Even if it does worry your family back at home!

Lifestyle, My Life


November 11, 2013

Ah yes I’m nowhere exciting just yet. Tomorrow it is 3 months until we set off on the ‘Big Trip’ and there is still lots and lots to do and lots and lots of money to save! So at the moment it’s the usual 9-(half)5, Monday through to Friday daily grind.

That’s enough about the boring stuff though, let me tell you what we have planned at the moment. D-Day is Wednesday 12th February when we fly to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. After a few days there we fly to Hanoi, Vietnam and gradually work our way down to Ho Chi Minh City. Next up is Thailand, flying into Bangkok and remaining there for about a month before heading back to Kuala Lumpur to catch a flight to Melbourne, Australia. Still with me? I realise it sounds exhausting and is quite an unusual route but my younger sister is planning on being in Thailand in March and I would love to be able to spend as much time with her as possible as she’s been living in Australia for the past year.

So if anyone has any recommendations of things to do in any of these places, please let me know!