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The Planning Stages

I am not the Backpacking Kind

Let me start by telling you...I am not the backpacking kind.

I've travelled extensively for work all over Europe and Uk and it's always been in Business Class. I consider myself a
Hilton/Marriott type of girl so the thought of Hostel/Mixed Dorm fills me with dread.

My other half is more of a Festival-Going-Tent-Dweller so is more at home with the dirty and unwashed so you can imagine my retisance when Him Indoors suggests that we backpack around South East Asia.

Well, fast forward two years and lets say whilst I haven´t exactly EMBRACED the idea, I have agreed!

I came to the conclusion that it´s “Now or Never” to do it. Four months off work on holiday, adequate savings and no commitments means we are in a rather fortunate position of doing exactly as we please for a while, so why not sod off to the other side of the world?

So thats it, the decision is made, flights are booked and we begin the "The Planning Stages"

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Armed with a budget somewhere in between "Backpacker" and "Flashpacker" I am hoping we can reach a compromise.

I am clinging to the dictionary definition of a "Flashpacker":

"Definitions: noun
(informal) a backpacker who has a considerable disposable income"

But the truth is probably more like....

"a verteran traveller skilled in the art of sniffing out a 5-star bargain, loaded with connectivity devices and pretending to have more money than they actually do."

This trip is going to be a challenge, but I am now (it took me a while) actually looking forward to it.

Posted by Gingertoad 01:18 Archived in Spain

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