To Do List

At this moment, I can now safely say that I am leaving next month…Yikes!

There are several strong emotions that are coursing through my bloodstream right now, and both fear and excitement are battling for domination. I think that the main foundation that my fear has to stand on, is the fact that I still have quite an extensive ‘To Do’ list. Within the next 50 days before I blast off, I mean depart.., this is what I still have left to take care of:

1. Figure out what I plan to take. (A light packing list is not easy to create!)

2. Take half a dozen passport/visa photos.

3. Apply for my Vietnam Approval Letter. (To actually step foot on the plane bound for Vietnam)

4. Book accommodations for the first 3 nights. (LA, Singapore and Saigon)

5. Visit the clinic for my vaccinations. (A.K.A getting drugged up!)

6. Inform my bank of my travel itinerary. (So they won’t freeze my account)

7. Print out, and email a copy of my itinerary details for my family. (So, they can track me)

8. Decide whether or not to get travel insurance. (Seeing that my trip is only 4 weeks)

9. Scan my passport information page, and email a copy to myself. (For if it gets stolen or misplaced)

10. Open an online photo storage account. (Flickr? SmugMug?)

11. Purchase a few guidebooks to get an idea of my destinations. (What to do? Where to eat and sleep?)

12. Purchase a universal adaptor. (Would really suck if I blew out my already limited electronics)

13. Test out my new underwater camera case. ( This would be a really smart thing to do!)

14. Purchase a sleep sheet or its equivalent. (Gross bed sheets are a no-no)

15. Order a mini tripod from Amazon.com. (My arm is bound to get tired from countless self shots!)

16. Seriously construct a budget. (This is the biggest headache on the entire list!)

17. Decide how I’m going to travel with my money. (How much cash to pack, credit/debit cards…?)

18. Teach my parents how to use Skype. (Lol. Self explanatory!)

19. Unlock my blackberry phone.

20. Keep working on my blog, and keeping everyone up-to-date!

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About Jodi

I absolutely love to travel. Most days, it's hard to focus on anything else. However, I'd like to change my travel style from now on. I have always been a 'safe' traveler, with hotel reservations made, cruise vacations and a set timetable. I want to break out of that habit, and become an independent backpacker. This blog will serve to document my aspirations to experiment with traveling solo, around the world!

Posted on August 2, 2011, in Planning and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.

  1. Looks like you got everything under control! Hhhmm, to save some money, you can download guidebooks for FREE! Rick Steves has good ones on Europe.

    As for travel insurance, I say you get it. You never know how your body is going to react to the food in Vietnam. Also, depending on the policy you purchase, you may be covered for any cancelled or delayed flights. Looks like you’ll be doing a lot of flying for this trip.

  2. Thanks for the guidebook tip! I’ll check it out right now. As for the insurance, Antigua doesn’t really have travel insurance companies. Only regular insurance companies with a very basic travel policy. Any idea as to if STA or any other big travel insurance companies insure travelers from overseas?

  3. Just want to share some information of my travel 2 weeks ago (which also included Ho Chi Minh City). Some places that you have to visit are: Cu Chi tunnel and Cao Dai temple. I’m going to write stories about those places within a few days. But I guess you can browse the internet to get a glimpse about those places and decide whether you’re interested or not. Oh, and if you have more time, I really recommend Siem Reap in Cambodia.

    • Hi Bama! I was planning on visiting the Cu Chi Tunnels, but I wasn’t so sure of the Cao Dai Temple, seeing as nobody was recommending it. I noticed that some tours offer both sites on their itinerary though, so I imagine that it must be worthwhile. I’ll look into Cao Dai some more, thanks!

      • Oh, about Siem Reap, I decided to cut my stay in Saigon shorter, and take the bus over. I am sooo in love with everyone’s photos, and yours were lovely too.

      • If you like temples or ancient ruins, then you have to spend at least 3 days in Siem Reap. When I was there, I didn’t manage to visit Banteay Srei (a beautiful temple which is located about 30 km away from Angkor complex) due to time constraint.
        About Cao Dai temple, it’s bizarre, yet fascinating. You don’t have to spend too much time there though.

  4. youll get there and youll wonder what you ever worried about!

  5. @ Bama – Banteay Srie was my favourite temple! The details were amazing. I find myself using that word a lot every time I talk about the temples in Siem Riep.

    @ Jodi – For travel insurance, wish I could help more, but I’m not certain of the details for people from Antigua.

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