6 Things I Look Forward To About Traveling

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Like any holiday, when you go traveling you have a lot to look forward to. For me though, its not just the obvious things that I’m looking forward to, like warm weather and so on, but there’s a number of more unusual things that I am looking forward to equally as much.

At this point, Arthur and I will be having a serious game of Bejeweled

Long Haul Flights

I’ve flown plenty of times before, but the longest flight have ever been is about 8 hours. We’ve got plenty lined up for this trip, with three flights over 11 hours. By the end of it I will no doubt be sick of flying, but never the less, its a good experience to have, and I’m really looking forward to having a Bejewelled marathon with Arthur. I’ve always liked a bit of endurance!

Taking Crazy Perspective Photos On The Salt Flats

The salt flats look amazing when wet!

The Bolivian salt Flats are an amazing site to behold, so it is exciting enough that I will have the opportunity to visit them, but one thing that excites me even more is the potential to take some really fun and inventive optical illusion pics. The sort where you make small things look really big or the opposite.

If you don’t know what I mean, just do a quick google of Bolivian Salt Flats and some should appear. If you have any good ideas for a funny or clever photo, be sure to let me know!

Getting Lost

Its bound to happen at some point. We are three young guys, we’re not that great with languages, and we haven’t done anything much like this before, so its inevitable that at one point or another we will turn up somewhere without a clue where we are. I don’t know why, but for some reason I am looking forward to this. I suppose it adds to the whole experience.

Hitting The Road

The NZ countryside is so green!

As I have said before, in both New Zealand & Australia we will probably be hiring a camper van. This is one of the things I am looking forward to the most throughout the whole trip! I think that driving through the New Zealand country side will be an amazing experience with some awesome scenery. We will also be in complete control. If we only want to do 10 miles one day, that’s fine. If we want to do 100 miles, that’s fine too! We can travel as little or as much as we want. Complete freedom.

Having To Adapt

Example Number One: England to Brazil. As I type it is -3 Degrees Celsius here, and the ground is covered in snow. By the time we leave in February it will most likely be even colder, so the Brazil heat will take a few days to adjust to!

Example Number Two: Living With Only The Essentials. Everything I need to live will be carried on my back. Obviously, this makes taking my beloved iMac a bit impractical, as well as many of the other items I use and take for granted everyday.

Example Number Three: Having To Buy Sensible Trousers. Yes, I know this sounds strange, but any one who knows me will tell you I live in shorts! I own one pair of jeans, and some tracksuit bottoms for running, but other than that its all shorts. I was even wearing shorts yesterday in the snow!

And the list could go on. All of these things, plus many more will require us to adapt. I look forward to seeing how easily we do , and how long it takes us, but what ever happens, I am sure by the time we come back we will be ready for anything.

The Satisfaction Of Doing It Ourselves

So farย  we have done everything ourselves. Ok, so I have to give my Dad some credit for helping us out everynow and again, but overall it has all been the three of us through regular meetings and planning sessions. At the end of the trip it will be a great feeling to look back and see that all of our hard work, planning and research paid off!

It goes without saying that there is a whole heap of other things myself,ย  Arthur and Ben are looking forward to, and I am sure once we are out there on plenty of occasions something unexpected will become a highlight of the trip, but for now, this list will have to do. ๐Ÿ˜›

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  • Your enthusiasm shows through. Goos for you. Shorts in the snow, though?? Anyway, of the 6 things I believe that getting lost will be the best. I can tell you from my own experience that’s when you really feel alive and know why you are addicted to travel.

    • Thank you Inka! Yes I think you could be right, however scary it may be I can imagine it will be a great rush.

  • Your enthusiasm shows through. Goos for you. Shorts in the snow, though?? Anyway, of the 6 things I believe that getting lost will be the best. I can tell you from my own experience that’s when you really feel alive and know why you are addicted to travel.

  • Sensible trousers are important. That is just a life lesson. =)

    Long haul flights?! Well, let’s just see how you feel about that one when this is all over. I have to admit to always looking forward to the journey, but long haul flights are never on my “excited for” list (unless we are flying Singapore Airlines!). Flying from Seattle to Cape Town is just about one of the most uncomfortable things we have ever done. Totally worth it though.

    • Haha! Yeah I think you’re right. After the first one I will probably never want to set foot on a plane again, we are going with British Airways and Quantas though so hopefully it won’t be to uncomfortable :-s

      • Don’t get me wrong. You’ll be chomping at the bit to get back on a planeย โ€“ but next time the plane ride will probably just be a means to an end. I don’t know though, even though flying has become an absolute pain in the ass (literally and figuratively) I still find it to be fascinating and kinda fun.

        BTW โ€“ Your header is A-DOR-ABLE.

        • Well I’ve always enjoyed flying, but as I said, I’ve never been on anything over 8 hours so I’m not quite sure what to expect. What ever happens though, its an experience, and something to tick of the list ;p

          Glad you like the header! I know its a bit gimmicky but i’m planning on making a night variation that changes depending on what time you view the site!

      • Don’t get me wrong. You’ll be chomping at the bit to get back on a planeย โ€“ but next time the plane ride will probably just be a means to an end. I don’t know though, even though flying has become an absolute pain in the ass (literally and figuratively) I still find it to be fascinating and kinda fun.

        BTW โ€“ Your header is A-DOR-ABLE.

  • We just packed tonight for our long-term travels and it’s been awhile since we lived out of backpacks, haha! Had to remove about a third of the stuff we thought we were going to be able to carry along with us. So your “Living With Only the Essentials” comment struck a real chord with me reading this. Also looking forward to the salt flats…

    • Yeah packing is going to be so hard! Luckily there are plenty of blogs around wih good info on what to take so we have some guidance. The salt flats will be awesome! Hope you have great time ;p

  • When are you hitting Bolivia? I’ll be there sometime in the next 6 months but haven’t decided when…

    • Well we are leaving for Rio on the 8th of Feb, but we don’t plan on being in Brazil all that long so it would probably be around end of Feb/start of March. Unless we find somewhere amazing along the way!

  • Good luck with your travels! By the way when you make it to NZ consider buying a van, and then re-selling it at the end. FYI I’ve just helped a young Frenchman buy one for $3500NZ in Christchurch, and it is more than likely that 8 weeks later he will sell it for more (or at least that) when he gets to Auckland!! Vans are more expensive in Auckland to buy. If out of season you could rent one for $1000 per month, but in summer nearly that per week. Bonne route!

    • Thanks for the advice! We would definately consider it. Unfortuanately, we are doing it the other way round, from Auckland to Christchurch, so it might not work as well but you never know!

  • You guys are going to have an awesome time! I wish I were traveling right now too!

    • Thanks Michael, we’re really looking forward to it!

  • This is a good list. However, what I really like about it is the positive attitude that you have about traveling. Some of these things would be a negative to many people.

    • Haha yeah we are pretty positive guys! I’m sure by the end of the trip we probably will regret putting down some of these points, but for now we are looking forward to everything! The good and the bad ;p

  • Glad you guys are excited about getting lost! Arriving into a new culture and place, getting lost, and not exactly knowing what to do, is 1 of the best ways to get to know a place better and have an adventure!

    • We are very excited! I totally agree though. Getting lost will force us to explore.

  • Great list of things to look forward to. Especially taking photos in the salt flats! I’m excited for that one too!

  • A fun piece with obvious and infectious enthusiasm for the destination.

  • i couldn’t be more with you on these reasons!!! getting lost and having to adapt on the top of my list ๐Ÿ™‚ this sounds like so much fun! glad to connect so i can read about your adventures to come ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Thank you! I look forward to reading your latest blog posts too!

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    What is it with boys and shorts??! (Yes, my life is shared with a man-in-shorts!) Get some decent trousers! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Looking forward to reading your posts when you’re in New Zealand – somewhere I’ve always wanted to go. You must be enjoying your countdown more now – not long!

    • Haha I don’t know. I’m just much more comfy in shorts than trousers. Any way glad you are looking forward to our NZ posts, I am very very excited about NZ and there should be plenty to write about.

      Only 48 days left! It is exciting but theres a lot of pressure to get things done aswell.

  • These are great things to look forward while traveling, among many more! I would also love to take crazy perspective shots at the Salt Flats!

    • Glad you liked them. Like you said though, there are many more! If I wrote them all down it could quite easily turn into a book, so i thought 6 was a nice number ;p

  • HIZZAH! The group I was with all took pics at the salt flats and I forgot to get their emails… I have no fun perspective photos from it ๐Ÿ™ booo

    • Haha oh no. Don’t worry i’ll make sure to take plenty!

  • different thought.nice article.

  • I would also add meeting lots of great new people and trying lots of great new foods to that.

    • Definitely agree Spencer! I have already made a lot of new friends just from creating this blog and twitter, so once we get out there I’m sure we will meet a load more interesing people!

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