Well, how do you plan for a trip of a lifetime? Should you plan, or not bother and just go with the flow? Surely there must be something you’ve got to do?
These were the questions we were faced with when we finally decided to give this trip a go in the summer. It had been thought about three years ago, but the time was wrong, we were wrong, and to be honest, I don’t think we’d have had the guts. Nor the great world wide web to help matters considerably.
And as a result of waiting a little while, we’re about to go on our little adventure with a helluva a lot more common sense than we had at the turn of the century. And perhaps surprisingly, a little bit more of the ‘get up and go’ approach to life. I always thought you lost that feeling as you gradually got older, you tended to become more focused on safety and thinking about tedious things such as job security, settling down, mowing the lawn, etc.
The guide books have been fantastic and amazingly contradictory in equal measure. We’ve lost count of the number of times one of us has exclaimed “this is good”, only to hear another version read from a different page in a different book saying something entirely different. But in general we wouldn’t be without our Lonely Planets, Rough Guides and Footprints, not to mention numerous others.
Learning about other adventures off the web has been an inspiration, and our friends and family have been superb in their support too. From each place there’s been some great advice and in the end the questions have been answered.
Plan a little, make sure you know you’re stuff where it’s important and go with the flow otherwise. And be safe of course.