Posts tagged travel
Posts tagged travel
I went to go visit a friend in Cardiff and we popped into Cardiff Castle.
Cardiff was actually a nice place to visit, it is bizarre how small the central city is considering it includes a Castle and Millennium Stadium lol
We had good weather too which was a nice bonus!
Being the rugby nerd I am, we went on the Millennium Stadium tour which was fun and got photos with the Six nations cup lol
While this trip was actually almost a month ago now, now that I finally have net i can catch up!
Oktoberfest was so so much fun!
I went on a tour so it was an 18 hour bus trip there had to sleep in a tent and then get another 18 hour bus trip back lol. the fact that I still had a good time despite this shows just how fun it is!
We went to the tents at 9am to make sure we got a table and before we knew it we were 6 steins down each and it was 5pm lol The full brass band, everybody singing and laughing and in such high spirits! It was a huge party and I will definitely be going back next year!
My luggage was 3kg over the weight limit and I had to pay $95 per kilo excess baggage charge. $285.00 hard earned wages later. Not a happy camper, that is what I get for flying with a cheap airline. Next time I will just pay the extra and fly Air New Zealand.
Anyways, still at auckland airport, not too excited about the long haul flights I am about to get on but can’t wait to see you London!
A few pounds, euros and malaysian ringgit left over from his travels.
I stop at KLIA on my way to London and my mum wants a postcard.. I was not looking forward to buying a postcard with my credit card lol but this is perfect!
Plus it was really fun to get to play with the different currency. It was especially apparent that changing from NZD to GBP is going to be interesting lol. So many coins!
While I do adore my long serving laptop, its almost 4kg heft is not ideal for travel. Add the fact that due to my excessive charging the battery only last 15 minutes and you see why my desire for a replacement was rather high.
Cue my Nan. She gave me $500 dollars to buy a netbook. She had planned on giving it to me when I left but after hearing my laptop lament, gave it to me early. I am so utterly grateful.
Now I can leave the laptop behind and have a computer that is actually portable, combined with my portable hard drive I am set.
I even got a wee laptop bag on special at Typo for $5.00, Score!!
I cannot believe how quickly time is flying. In two months from now I will be on an airplane headed for Heathrow. So bizarre.
I have so much to do between now and then but I am starting to get the panicky feeling I have been dreading.
Trying my best not to think about it and just focus on saving money, exercising and planning adventures.
As I have officially crossed the 3 months to go mark, I applied for my visa today!
The youth mobility visa allows me to have a working holiday in the UK for up to two years!
I have just completed the online portion and paid the $398.00 (yikes) and still have to have my biometrics taken and send off my documentation but it is so exciting to officially set the ball rolling.
I will do an epic post once it all (fingers crossed) goes thru but I do not want to jinx it!
It is so bizarre that I am moving in just over four months.
I have these incredibly excited days where I research places I want to see and events. I check flat sites, job sites and how to open a bank account. I have been on the UK Border Agency website dozens of times but I have yet to apply because they can only post date my visa by three months and I don’t want to miss out on any of my possible two years.
And then there are times when I don’t think about it for days. I mean I know that it’s the plan and my ticket is booked. But it still feels like an abstract concept.
When do these things begin to feel real?
When I booked my flight to London I used a travel agent, it was the single biggest purchase I have made in my life. Now it may sound dramatic but having been a student for most of my life, I just haven’t made that many purchases above a thousand dollars. My point being, it made me feel a lot better to swipe a card in person than typing in details to a random website.
Basically I didn’t even have dates in mind, just this vague sense of September as a deadline, so that flexibility allowed me to get a pretty good deal. I will admit that when I received the quote I did a wee bit of internet research to make sure I couldn’t find anything cheaper online.
I am also lucky that I met a travel agent at a networking event recently so it made me feel a little more at ease and our communication was a little informal which was nice. To be honest, I think I will definitely be finding a travel agent in the UK to help me organise my adventures because the insane selection of online retailers and lack of local knowledge is just daunting.
I wonder have any of you have good/bad/ugly experiences with Travel agents?