"[The Guide] says that the best drink in existence is the Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster. It says that the effect of a Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster is like having your brains smashed out by a slice of lemon wrapped round a large gold brick." - The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Planing has never been my forté. Out of all my recent trips, I never planned any of them. I wouldn't know where to search or what to search. But I promised change to my life, and change I shall.
I found a cr*p-load of sites dedicated to backpacking. I've spent the last few weeks just reading anything I could find about backpacking and I've started planning.
I've decided that my point of entry will be Holland. My favorite uncle and aunt live there, so it would be nice to pay them a visit and get used to the time difference. One week should do - don't want to overstay my welcome, although I guess they wouldn't mind. But that's not the point of this trip.
In Holland, I want to visit some of the places I never go to whenever I'd head over there. Rotterdam and The Hague are places I want to check out because of the view. And I've heard Groningen has a great night life.
From there on, I'll probably catch a train to Dusseldor, Germany, and head down to Cologne, Frankfurt and probably Munich. I'd like to head to Switzerland and Italy, but my planning there isn't quite complete. I just know I have to visit Rome and Naples (to see the active volcanoe Vesuvius).
After that, I'll have to find a way to get to Monaco and southern France and head up north to normandy - I just have to visit Mont San Michel.
My plans also include the UK - Brighton, Stonehenge, Edinburg, Glasgow and Ireland - Dublin, Kilkenny and Cork.
I want to keep my planning as open as possible so that I'm not stuck to anything / anyplace in particular. Hopefully I meet some people and get new ideas.
I expect to be able to spend at least 2 months travelling, but I'll do anything to stay even longer - 6 months to a full year. I know I'll probably have to get a job, but it shouldn't be too hard as I have a EU passport.
Money is my biggest problem. I have about 670 Euros in my bank account, most of which I'll end up using on my plane ticket. I intend on selling my car, and if I get at least 1.800 Euros on it I should be fine.
I would hate to sell my iMac, but it would makes me 1.000 Euros richer. Who am I kidding, it's not like I'm planning on coming back.
Getting rid of my things will be the hardest part. I am materialistic and I do love all my gadgets. But on the other hand, it's the price of getting away, right?
I should also be able to finalize all major projects by the time I leave. I had one big project lined up, but I'm afraid I won't finish it in due time. The money would really help, but I can't stay much longer.
I really want to leave by the beginning of March. March is a tough month, as it will bring back good (yet painfully unwanted) memories. If I can hold up until the end of May, great. I don't want to spend my birthday here, amidst people I've grown tired of (by that, I mean "friends").
Start date: 6th of March, 2013.
End date: 6th of March, 2014 (I can only hope).
"Space, is big. Really big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mindbogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it's a long way down the road to the chemist's, but that's just peanuts to space, listen..." ~ The Hitchhiker's Guide