We’re out of our flat, have packed our bags and are as ready as we’ll ever be!
Following our farewell party, we’ve had some further final goodbyes; a gorgeous afternoon with friends in Sheffield on Saturday, followed by a meal with my parents for me and a wedding for Rob. Yesterday, we had our families together for a very British afternoon tea.
I feel like I’ve written quite a bit about packing (it occupies a lot of your thoughts before you actually go anywhere!), but I’ve had some excellent last-minute tips from a friend from school, who is a well-seasoned Antipodean traveller, including:
- Good things to include in your hand luggage: nasal spray to avoid nose drying which makes you more susceptible to bugs; fluffy socks; a pen for boarding/arrival cards; a separate little bag for things you’ll want handy on the flight and a jumper.
- To print your NZ work visa to show at customs on arrival
- Rob’s mum also advised that we mix up our clothes so we have some in each, just in case one bag gets lost/delayed (heaven forbid).
We asked my uncle that we’re staying with in China if he’d like anything bringing over from the UK. He said he’d like a pork pie and, as Rob is from Melton Mowbray, we’ll be taking him the king of all pork pies!
I’ve spent some this morning devouring travel blog posts (time-wasting or getting into the spirit!) including:
- one from ‘Big Fat Tourist‘ and how they found the Great Wall of China
- looking at my friend’s beautiful photos from her recent holiday in France
- one from a former colleague who has also just started a career break and is heading off to motorcycle in Chile and Argentina!
This afternoon we are travelling to London to stay over ahead of our flight tomorrow.
We’re a mix of emotions but feel very excited and lucky to be setting off on this adventure!