‘I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake’ Robert Louis Stevenson

 Sold my beautiful Golf, bought a little cheap to run Peugeot. Profit was £175 so that’s going in the travel fund! 
Really watching what I’m spending at the moment, a little bit obsessive but writing everything down, from charity donations, bars of chocolate, (which, I’m ashamed to say is more that it should be) food shopping and petrol. Everything gets written down. And the results are shocking! Even when I think I’m being careful with my money, I’m still spending over the budget I set myself, but it shows me exactly where my money is going and where I can cut back, so yes, the chocolate must go! 
Now, much as I’m saving and planning for world travel, I’m not one who can stay put for very long, and seeing as my friend Alicia is living in London and its Easter weekend, it only seems right to visit her and have a mini break. 
I had almost forgotten how much I love the anticipation of going somewhere, anywhere, with the planning how to get there, what we’re going to do, both of us are being economical with our money and there are plenty of free things to do in London, plus we will be planning part of our trip together! 

We’re thinking of heading out to Bali in December, and as one of our friends is in New Zealand maybe visit them too!   

 

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Planning, planning, planning

I find planning both the fun part as it gets the creative juices flowing and builds excitement, and also the ‘slap in the face’ part, reading a lot of these books makes it sound like you need to be a millionaire to even consider traveling! I don’t plan on staying in four star hotels with all-inclusive food and swim up rooms and all that. This is the beautiful picture the media has painted of ‘travel’.  

 

So, we’ve stuck our dots on the gigantic wall map on the places we want to visit and connected them crudely with a piece of cotton to map out our plan so far. This gives us something to work with when looking at whether a round the world ticket is the best option for us. 
Next step is deciding how long to stay in each location and what we are going to do while we are there. We would like to do volunteer work as we travel as its a good way to meet like minded people, learn new skills and depending on the work, get a taste of that country’s culture. Only ridiculous thing is, it costs loads to volunteer! Am I the only person who sees the irony in paying to work for free? We are currently looking into WWOOF where you only have to pay membership fee per country you volunteer in, just have to decide which countries! The world is our oyster! 
Total so far: £108