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[13 Sep 2009 | No Comment | 485 views]
Getting things done

The preparation continues.  In the past week or so I’ve managed to sort out another couple of important items.
The first of these being my Driving License renewal.  Although my driving license is not due to expire until June 2010 I’ll be needing it for the trip so thought it was best to get it sorted now before I leave.  Its currently with the DVA so hopefully I’ll have it back soon so I can get an international driving license to accompany it.
The second item that I sorted out was the …

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[5 Sep 2009 | 2 Comments | 811 views]
Shoestring September – Day 5

This non spending malarky seems alright. Saying that, I’ve not had any temptation as it’s been a pretty bog standard work week since I began my journey into the financial desert.
As I spoke of ‘breaking point’ in my last blog….I am 24 hours into being semi-rich dons again after getting paid yesterday.
When i say ‘semi-rich’ I actually mean ‘skint as ever’. This pay packet has been spent before it even hit my bank account with the amount of little medeelies waiting to be paid for.
I know I’m gonna be majorly hit up for …

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[1 Sep 2009 | 6 Comments | 1,104 views]
Shoestring September

Day 1
After trawling sites to find inspiration on how to save money i came across this little medeely.
Mail Online – How a cash-strapped teacher beat credit crunch by living on £1 a day for a YEAR after drunken bet
It may not come from the best sourced newspaper in the world but i was intrigued by the story. A drunken bet usually never lasts any longer than a few days at most but this wee doll managed to live on just  a quid a day for a whole year.
When i read on …

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[31 Aug 2009 | No Comment | 437 views]
Scuba dooby do

As soon as we had booked the trip my thoughts had turned to things we could be doing when we get out to more tropical climates.  Scuba diving was something that I had always wanted to do and was keen to learn more about.
I visited Hawaii in 2007 for a friends wedding and spent most of my time in the water checking out the sea life.  I’ve never been in such a tropical climate before and was amazed by the amount of sea life all around me.  There was multi-coloured …

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[31 Aug 2009 | No Comment | 462 views]
(Not so) hidden expenses

When we were originally planning on the round the world trip we knew it wasn’t going to be the cheapest of adventures but we assumed that the biggest expense would be purchasing the tickets.
We soon realised that there were lots of other expenses that we hadn’t given much thought to.  One of these expenses was travel insurance.  I suspected that travel insurance wasn’t going to be as cheap as the £15 single trip insurance that you got down the Post Office.  Because we are planning on being away for a …

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[22 Aug 2009 | 2 Comments | 2,127 views]
Choosing a camera for the trip.

We will be visiting some of the most stunning places in the world and I want to ensure that I have a camera to capture as much as possible.  Currently I don’t have a camera and have never been particularly snap happy with one.  I need to work on changing that if I’m to capture some of the memories from the trip.  To remedy the lack of a camera I decided to do some research into decent compact cameras.
The original plan was to invest in a Digital SLR camera, separate …

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[22 Aug 2009 | No Comment | 361 views]
Lots of Tall Ships…and one not so Tall Ship

We went up to see the Tall Ships on 14th August to see what all the fuss was about.  Belfast City Council had pulled out all the stops when advertising the event.  It seemed that wherever you went there was a huge poster advertising “Belfasts biggest ever event”.
They had done such a good job that I felt that I would be missing out on something if I didn’t go see the even. So on the Friday evening after work I went up and met Donna and we ventured down to …

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[15 Aug 2009 | No Comment | 493 views]
The countdown is on

I get the feeling that the countdown is really on now and things are coming together nicely.  We booked our hotel for the 1st stop in the trip (Hong Kong) last week.   We will be staying in a fairly standard 3* hotel in central Hong Kong.  Apparently it is fairly close to all the main attractions.
Since Donna will be celebrating her birthday there and its the first leg of our trip we decided to go  for the Hotel option in stead of a Hostel.  After that though it will …

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[10 Aug 2009 | No Comment | 361 views]
Top of the list

So I know I should really be starting to think about travel insurance, a sturdy backpack to see me through the twelve months and money in order to make this trip run smoothly.
So the dilemma of whether to bring a straw cowboy hat or buy one out there shouldn’t really be on the top of the list, right?
Or even better, whether it crosses the thin line into milldawg land because it’s of cowboy style!?
Better keep searching insurance quotes methinks!

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[9 Aug 2009 | One Comment | 532 views]
Going round the world – how it started

Around the world…finally.
Anyone that knows me knew that I’ve always talked about/wanted to go travelling.  Not just a holiday but a year long adventure.  In-fact I’d been talking about doing it for so long and never actually done anything about it that people started to believe that I’d never do it.  Any time I told someone that I was going to be booking my round the world trip soon they would just assume that I was talking shite again.
Well, this time, I’ve only gone and done it!  I’m actually going …