After deciding I was going to travel and start my journey in Europe, I needed to pick a time of year to leave. In reality thought I was always going to start my trip when summer hits in Europe. Having grown up in Australia I’m not sure starting an overseas backpacking lifestyle should start in the middle of a European winter. Especially since Europe is having one hell of a cold snap.
This tie’s in well with my saving targets and when I would like to finish up with my job. Our working financial year ends on the 30th of June so working beyond that point would make tax time next year more taxing (bad pun I know). Before leaving I had also planned to spend some time with the parents back home.
Mum was adamant I had to spend some time at home with her (Read more about that at Telling Mum Your Leaving) seeing as I have no intentions of returning home within the following 2 years. Although with my brother’s recent engagement over the holiday break that may have to change.
My preliminary goal is to be flying out of Australia within June 2010. With this date set the next targets are visa’s, travel itinerary, booking flights and ensuring I know WTF I am doing. Little by little I am getting organised, all while trying not to overwhelm myself.
As the new year has rolled around and other great travel friends (Travels Of Adam, She’s In Love With The World) are preparing to or have just left on their adventures across the world, I’m becoming more and more excited. It also means I need to begin planning the big stuff and not floating about with all this airy fairy stuff I have been. I hope to have my travel itinerary in a preliminary stage next week so that i can garner some knowledge from those more experienced than I.
After that well lets just say the list of things to check off seems to be growing each day. I’ll try and post it up for everyone so I know I’m not forgetting something really important.