In starting a journey you can just walk out of the door without taking even a handkerchief , Bilbo Baggins style, and just let the adventure overtake you. Trouble is without Gandalf and a host of elves you will come unstuck at the airport when they demand your passport. So no Prancing Pony for you!
Preparation is the key to a trouble-free journey, and with the pleasure of anticipation it adds to the whole experience. That I hope will not exclude those serendipity moments and casual arrangements that can so enhance an adventure, for at 70 years this is probably my last big one.
- I’m off for a month leaving Heathrow at 2300 on 25th January 2016.
- The flights and the hotels are booked to cut down on the high costs normally involved in last minute arrangements. Then they know they have you, and they charge accordingly.
- Some things just have to be paid at top dollar, eg travel insurance, especially when you pass the 70 brink, so I bought the best I could with Top Dog Insurance. Likewise with car rental excess, I don’t anticipate that I will be hiring a car while out there, but just in case!
- I’m travelling Heathrow to Sydney via Hong Kong courtesy of Cathay Pacific, and hoping to return to London leaving from Perth Western Australia on Sunday 21st February.
- Itinerary is; Sydney, Port Douglas, Cairns, Darwin, Broome via Kununurra, then Perth, Busselton, back to Perth and home.
- Personal security is vital, so I’ve copied my passport and credit cards to Evernote which is a secure app on my phone. One thing is for sure – I will not be making any solo excursions into the bush. Can’t imagine trying to live on “bush tucker”.