When I first decided to go on this trip, one of the first things I did was write a checklist of what I need to do before I fly out. Then I can tick things off as I go along and also keep track of all the costs that correspond with my to do list actions. This is what is on my list:

Get fit: In progress (kinda). This was the very first thing on my list as I really wanted to be able to hike the Inca Trail without having a heart attack! I’ve been going ok with the goal but it’s been very difficult to get up on these cold winter mornings and go for a run. When I can’t convince myself to go outside I walk up and down the fire stairs in my building. Hopefully getting those mountain climbing muscles ready to go!

Books flights – DONE. I am flying with Lan Chile to Lima via Auckland, New Zealand and Santiago, Chile. Then my flight to London is with Linhas Aeras. I booked all my flights through STA Travel at Broadway Shopping Centre. I highly recommend my travel agent Mick Tattam who was extremely helpful and patient with me when I was trying to make up my mind about whether or not to book.

Book tour – DONE. I decided that it would be best to start out on a tour so I could get used to being in a country where I knew absolutely no one before trying my luck on my own. I booked my tour through STA who are affiliated with GAP Adventures and once again Mick was very helpful.

Buy backpack – DONE. I went in to the adventure travel district on Kent St in Sydney and went to pretty much every single store there. The very first store that I went into was Paddy Pallin where I was assisted by a very helpful girl and she recommended Osprey backpacks.  I fell in love with the very first one I tried on, the Waypoint, but I forced myself to go to the other stores to try on some others. But, guess what, in the end I ended up buying that very first backpack!

Buy hiking boots – DONE. I’ve bought a lot of stuff at Kathmandu and my boots was the most exciting purchase out of these. A friend who had hiked the Inca trail before recommended that I get ankle high boots as the trail is quite uneven in places and ankle boots give you a bit more stability. So I got Kathmandu’s Terania boots which I thought were comfy and not too ugly looking!

Buy travel insurance – DONE. I looked into getting travel insurance through a financial institution that offered free travel insurance with their credit card products. However, for all of them it was required that I have a return airline ticket for the insurance to be valid. I looked at a few that were incredibly expensive and then my mum suggested World Nomads which is designed for young, adventuous travellers and you are able to extend the cover at any time.

That’s enough for now. In my next post I’ll tell you about the other things that were on my checklist.