Its all about preparation! A trip like this cannot be done without preparation – well not for this Virgo anyway. There has been guide book reading; travel brochures galore; emails annoying mates and anyway i could to find out “inside” information on places we wanted to go. Then there was the internet research and the itinerary preparation – where to stay, how long to stay and of course what hostel?
There is the transport – bus train plane – how long does each take and how much does it cost; is it safe??? Then comes the booking of flights – which we wont touch as i am quite certain i could have done this better. After the flights are sorted it was onto the hostels/hotels, what does a good rating really mean – has one person stayed there and thought it was excellent, what sort of person is the reviewer? The there are the tours – are they really that good and are they really worth that much ! Can we possibly just do it ourselves (i am a Virgo of course we can) – i did however succumb to a tour in Russia even the true Virgo in me saw this one as being to difficult to conquer on my own. But there are the day trips as well and the sporting; cultural and musical tickets – do we need to pre-purchase, how many ball games really is too many and why are all the sports just finishing or not yet started when we are going ?
So as you can see (and many of you have experienced) this trip has not been thrown together it is a finely tuned machine. It is prepared as much as i possibly think is humanly possible without locking us in too much (though many would disagree with this).
This trip is about maximising our time; seeing as much as possible and from there deciding what we like and what we don’t like and hopefully where we want to go back to. I guess there are places like Rome and Paris where we could have spent a few weeks and seen exponentially more than we are going too, but we would also have not had time to include some of the more interesting places like Bosnia, Serbia and Romania. Hopefully we have got the balance right – only time will be able to answer that one.
But back on track – preparation, a trip like this is all about preparation and we have been preparing in all sense of the word. Take our current living arrangements – a bean bag instead of a sofa, an air mattress instead of bed and bumming dinners off family and friends.