Only five days until I fly away on a big jet plane! Holy crap!

It hasn’t really sunk in yet – I’ve still got work for the next three days and I have to move out of my apartment on the weekend – so I’ve got plenty to keep me preoccupied.

I thought I’d do a post about how I’ve gone with the packing and hopefully those of you that have been on your own backpacking expeditions will be able to give me advice on where I can improve my packing technique.

So here is my beautiful backpack.

I’m seriously in love! Not sure how long that will last though.

It has a detachable day pack that I’ll be using as my carry on luggage when flying and I have a waterproof cover to go over the whole pack as well as my sleeping bag which attaches to the outside.

Can you believe that this…

squishes down into this…?!

Here is all the stuff I’m taking with me.

I’ve learnt the fine art of rolling my clothes.

Although I kinda wish I could pack like this guy!

My boots take up the majority of the space and hopefully I’ll be wearing them a fair bit so it won’t be as full.

It’s starting to get full!

But luckily in the end it all fit, just!


The First Step

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The first step - grab some brochures and start planning!

So, it is about a month and a half before I fly out on the trip I have been dreaming of for, well, forever.

This is the first time I have been travelling by myself, and while this is the most exciting thing I have ever done, it is also the most terrifying.

Well, my flights are booked and believe it or not I’m actually already packed (all that’s remaining to pack is my underwear and my toothbrush!). I know that’s a bit excessive considering there’s still 46 days before I fly out but I suppose you could say I’m a little excited.

I’ve done a beginner’s class in Spanish (hola!) and a beginner’s salsa class, and while I doubt the locals are going to be amazed with my skills, I hope that these will help me to make the most of my trip.

So, where am I going I hear you ask. Well, here’s the lowdown:

I fly out of Sydney on the 1st August to Lima in Peru. The next day I join a Gap Adventures tour group (Inca Heartland & Amazon, in case you were wondering) which goes for 21 days visiting places like Pisco, Nazca, Arequipa, Colca Canyon, Cuzco, Machu Picchu, Ollantaytambo, Amazon Jungle, Puno, Lake Titicaca and finishing in La Paz, Bolivia.

From there, I’m a free woman and will be making my own way across the continent to Rio De Janeiro in Brazil by the 1st of November – three months all up.

I’ll save the rest of my plans for my next post so until then, adios!

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