Some 4 years ago I ventured off on my first trip overseas. As green as a first time traveler can be I headed to Hong Kong for Christmas, then Singapore for the New Year.
The idea to go was born from my dreams to travel and my then girlfriends previous travel experience through Asia and New Zealand. It was a perfect fit for me, wanting to travel but unsure of myself to venture off solo into the world.
Our decision to travel at what is obviously a more expensive time of the year was fueled by two things. Firstly was the fact we were over Christmas. Let’s face it without kids around to create the atmosphere, Christmas is just an excuse to eat too much and get drunk. At least that’s how an Australian Christmas plays out for me.
The second reason was driven by our previous New Year’s celebrations which frankly sucked. I had found myself at a friends party that was more like a funeral and my girlfriend spent it on the couch with her mother.
Those two reasons alone justified the extra cost to travel at such a busy time. Add in some extra funding from the family as Christmas presents; some dedicated saving on our own part; two nights accommodation from the girlfriends mum at Disneyland and we were sold.
So with a desire to end 2006 better than 2005, we decided on visiting Hong Kong and Singapore. There were many places considered but the main reasons we chose those two were:
- Disneyland (Yeah touristy but hey you gotta go once)
- Girlfriend wanted to return to Singapore a well as see something new
- The chance to celebrate Christmas in another culture
- Food, oh glorious food
- A safe destination for my first trip
What followed next was 9 months of travel preparation. From frantic saving to ensure we had enough money to a range of stupid ideas that could only come from someone so green to travel as myself. Looking back with what I have learnt is just scary. I don’t know what made me think I needed that many changes of clothes or the entire contents of my bathroom.