As well as aspiring to travel and experience different cultures both of us are also trying to eat better, in our own culture, too. After witnessing the cruel reality of the mistreatment of animals in food production illustrated in ‘Food, Inc’ (available on Netflix) we were both tempted to switch to a pescetarian diet. ‘Food Matters’ (also available on Netflix) highlights the importance of eating raw natural foods in order to detoxify and get the most from your body and this documentary further encouraged us to eat better. As deeply rooted steak lovers, a switch to a veggie lifestyle is not an easy sacrifice but we are willing to give it a try… at least to see if we can notice a difference in our health. And if we do have a weak moment, from now on, the aim is to only buy organic and ethically sourced meat.
Our decision to travel was a very sudden turn of events and we booked our flights in a very short space of time. We looked online at a few sites (try skyscanner) but booked an appointment with an STA travel advisor to see what deals were available. We managed to get return flights (London to Bangkok, Singapore to London) for £500 each, with STA. Unfortunately, our trip is going to be affected by how well we do in exams – if we pass we will travel for 10 weeks but if we don’t we need to be back in the UK for resits after a 5 week trip. However, with STA Travel (a great company for students) you can alter your flight once for £50. They also offer a funky multiflex option, which allows you to make numerous changes to your flights for a set price. This option is worthwhile if you think you may need to make more than one alteration.
So the other day, Kat and I decided to go on the hunt for backpacks. After doing heaps of research, (Google and YouTube), we decided that a massive Duke of Edinburgh bag wasn’t for us.
Originally, we had only thought about a top loading hiking bag but after visiting some backpacking sites, which you can find here and here, we decided a simple travel rucksack would be awesome. Travel rucksacks are not like ordinary rucksacks, actually they resemble the sort of thing a first year of secondary school would wear, the ones with hidden pockets where they would whip out their Tamagotchis at lunchtime. Anyway, I had originally looked at the Berghaus Jalan 55 litre, this one was made for women, it comes with a detachable day bag which adds an extra 10 litres of space. However, Kat and I got to thinking what if we could do our trip without checking in any bags. We did some more research and found out there were loads of people travelling with only 32/37 litre bags. We came across the Osprey Farpoint 40 in Blacks.
The decision to go travelling was a pretty spontaneous one. I received the dreaded “we need to talk” message that automatically panics everyone but when Liv bounded in after a tedious 9 hour shift and said “I think we should just do it, let’s go, let’s travel South East Asia this summer”, panic was the last thing on my mind. I was already planning dates and figuring out what I needed to buy.
Planning started immediately. I spoke to my boss, figured out when university exam results were released and booked an appointment with a travel advisor. We went from nothing to flights booked in a few short days.
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In the upcoming months we will be posting the planning of our work-in-progress trip to Southeast Asia, in the hope to inspire other first-time travelers to get packing and go.
Liv and Kat x