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Summer's here!

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Summer has finally arrived to Ireland today! :) The sun is beating down from a cloudless sky and "Penny Lane" is going around and around in my head. It's hard to be in bad form about anything on a day like today!

I'm in a great mood anyway because my brother has decided he's coming to Spain with me in September. We're gonna hire a car and drive from the north to the south of the country. I was pretty happy going alone and just doing my thing, but it should be a great laugh now. :)

Plus, it seems like the planets are coming into alignment re my RTW trip. Everything should be good to go by January! I'm getting lots of good tips from Anne about some of the countries in SE Asia, and I'm starting to compile a little book of addresses and things not to miss, etc. I've also been doing this on India for quite a while as well. Just reading them is enough to keep the flame burning for the next few months.

Also, there are plenty of people to meet along the way. Will definitely be hooking up with Dave in Vietnam and Hien in KL for a while. If Rich is still tormenting the Chinese when I get there, I'll hopefully catch up with him for a bit too. Once I get to Oz there are a few friends down there, and I will drag James and Peter out for a few beers if possible. Myself and Anne are either gonna meet in Peru or Fort Lauderdale, AND IF I EVER REACH CANADA Tway is gonna be stuck with me for a while. Lol!! cos let's face it, we agree on everything from washing powder to strategies for world domination. :) I'm so excited just thinking about it, and it's not as far away as it all seems at all.

What is it about when the sun comes out! The world seems full of possibilities again. :)

Posted by samsara_ 06:31 Archived in Ireland Tagged preparation Comments (2)

God Bless Michael O'Leary!

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Okay, so he's an arrogant show-boat who wears multi-coloured stripey shirts, but I love him all the same. Thanks to Ryanair, we in Ireland can fly to Europe now for less than it costs to take the train to Dublin!! :)

I've just booked my flights to Barcelona for 10 days in September! Woo-hoo! It's one of the best feelings when you book a holiday!

Now, the next 3 months in this cesspit of an office don't seem so long :)

Next comes the fun part. Trying to do it all for less than €500.

Roll on September......

Posted by samsara_ 04:54 Archived in Ireland Tagged preparation Comments (0)

September in Spain

I'm going nucking futs here at home!

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It's been raining here in the South-west of Ireland for days now. It's overcast and humid and very oppressive. There is NO WAY I can wait until next January for a holiday. So, I've decided to take a week to 10 days in Spain in September. :)

THanks to Ryanair, I have sourced some very cheap flights from Shannon! In total, with taxes, etc. a return flight will cost me €88. :)I live not too far from the airport which is great! No long-term parking, I can just get my brother to drop me off. PLus, the great thing about Shannon is that its relatively effortless to go through. No long waits or prolonged security checks.

So, this morning I e-mailed my boss to ask for the days I need off. His typical response was "I'll have to get back to you" Hmph! Bosses! *roll-eyes*. Why do they always act like they're doing you a favour by agreeing to give you your days off. He better hurry up. Grrr...If I lose my cheap flights......

The flights I'm thinking of booking are from Shannon to Barcelona (Girona). I would really like to see the south of Spain but flights to Seville or Malaga are quite significantly more expensive (and would mean flying from Dublin with Aer Lingus) so this time, for convenience sake, I think I will stick to the north of the country.

I'm getting excited already planning how I will spend my time there. If anyone who's reading this has any suggestions on where to stay/what to do, I'd love to hear them!! :) September is my favourite time of year to travel in Europe, and it's usually still quite hot.

I know I should be keeping the money for the Big Trip, but I NEED A BREAK! :(

Posted by samsara_ 07:35 Archived in Spain Tagged backpacking Comments (3)

The Cost of Realising Your Dreams

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Sitting at your desk at work dreaming about exploring the world outside your window is one thing. Making it happen is another. Dreams don't require a lot of effort or sacrifice, and everything seems so much more easy and doable in your head.

My enthusiasm surrounding my RTW trip, which was at a high a few weeks ago, has waned considerably following a recent setback. In the past weeks, I have been thinking less and less about it, and now I'm depressed as hell! :(

So, I've decided to record the intended itinerary on my blog as a constant reminder of what is ahead of me. :)

I recently decided to abandon the traditional RTW ticket and wing it instead. There are a number of reasons for this. I dont like being restricted (hence the travelling solo :) ) Having to stick to ticket schedules, etc...is not really how I wanted to do this trip. I'd much rather just move from/stay in a place as I felt like it. Okay, so yeah I'm a little bit worried about the fact that it might cost me a LOT more doing it this way...but I should be okay. Shouldn't I? :D

Getting the money together for all this is the bitch! In the headiness of previous weeks, I went shopping for a few important essentials, such as

- backpack
- hiking boots
- camera
- travel accessories
- waterproof gear

So, on the upside, any money I do save from now on will be money I'll be leaving with. Although, I still have to pay for travel insurance and the dreaded JABS!!!

On the downside, it's so hard to save, living in Ireland. Grrr...everything is sooo expensive here. I've been staying at home on Saturday nights as much as possible to try and save the pennies but it is hard. Plus, the Summer is here now and that makes it even more difficult!! My friends and workmates think there'e something up because I keep making excuses for not going out. I can't tell anyone about this trip yet because I cant blow my cover too early at work....they wouldn't be too happy if they thought I was planning to leave..so I have to keep schtum for a while yet. So, Ive been telling them all that I'm thinking of getting a new car and I'm saving for that.....tee heee...

I wish I could win the Lotto! Now, that would just solve everything. And I could leave straight away!! :D

But seeing as that's PROBABLY not going to happen, I must keep scrimping and planning, and keeping my spirits up until I can afford to hit the road.

When I said, I was planning a round the world trip, I wasnt joking. The list of countries is ambitious...maybe too ambitious, I dont know. I could be back in Ireland after a few months...but if not, this is the plan:

India 1 month approx
Nepal/Tibet 2wks/2wks
China 1-3 months (possibly to work)
Myanmar 2-3wks
Laos 2-3 wks
Vietnam 2-3wks
Cambodia 2 wks
Thailand2 wks
Malaysia 2-3 wks
Borneo 1wk
Singapore2-3 days

After this, it's difficult to plan anything remotely concrete

Australia 3-6 months (not sure whether to work here......)
New Zealand 6mnths - 1 yr (Working VISA)
One of the Cook Islands or Fiji - 1/2 wks

Easter Island 1-2 days
Chile 3wks-1 month (depending on whether I decide to see Patagonia
Peru 2 wks
Bolivia 1 wk

I said it was ambitious! Lol! If I get this far, I will be doing great! If I still have money and time and energy, I will add some more South or Central American countries on, and possibly Canada.....

At this point in my life, all I can think about is getting away from everything I know at home. I definitely have the will to embark on this adventure, but I wonder how long I can last....really. Looking at my intinerary, I just want to keep lengthening the list, but 1-2 yrs of roughing it is not easy on anyone...and I may find that I dont manage to see half of that list.

I don't imagine that I will get terribly homesick at first, but a trip of this magnitude means leaving your family for a long time. And then, there's your family. Is it selfish to leave them for such a prolonged absence?
I am lucky that I have parents who have never stood in my way and who encourage me in all my dreams and goals, even if they sometimes dont agree.
Is their a cost for them in me trying to realise these dreams?

Doing this trip boils down to one thing for me. I want to have an adventure. I want to be able to eventually buy my house/apartment and settle into my chosen career, have a family..etc...and be perfectly content to do that because I have made the most of my young life. I will have embraced the restlessness of youth and looked my fears and dreams right in the eye. Having done that, I think that middle age and beyond may be a happier and more content prospect.

Posted by samsara_ 02:36 Archived in Ireland Comments (2)

Thrilled with Travelblog

Thanks Peter and Sam!

Hi everyone,

Okay, so it's pretty obvious that I'm bored at work this morning. Just started copying and pasting entries from old posts to make up some new entries. I'll actually dust off my old travel journals now and use them for this. :)

This new blog might actually rekindle the travel spark again. I was due to leave on my RTW this coming October, but I have had to push the departure date back by two months now for various reasons. So, I'm feeling a little down in the dumps about that.

TP seems to have "quietened" somewhat in recent times for me also so I have been less enthusiastic in researching the various aspects of my trip, I think. James is leaving us, which I am very sorry to hear :( Rich is somewhere out in the big wide world depriving us of daily lashes of his sarcastic wit, and Dave sent me a lovely email yesterday saying his goodbyes. Everybody's leaving!! And where the HELL is Nikki??!!

But, I was really happy to see this blog added when I logged in this morning. It might help me to stay focused on my trip :) So, a big thanks to Sam & Peter for provding me with a new way to doss at work. Lol!

Well, back to work.....for now.....

Posted by samsara_ 03:19 Comments (3)

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