A Travellerspoint blog

November 2014

Sleeping in airports

5 planes, one hotel and two lovebirds


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In order to get to Nepal we had to: Fly to Oahu, find Philippine Airlines, fly to the Philippines, go through immigration, take scary car ride to hotel, sleep. Wake up to scary car ride to airport, fly to Bangkok, explore airport for 9 hour layover after huge hour long immigration line. Fly to Mumbai, explore hotel, contemplate sleeping during 8 hour layover from midnight to 8 am. Fly to Nepal. Cry happy years as you fly over the Himalaya Mountains.

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We made it! Let the adventure begin!

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The Hardest Part

Saying goodbyes and packing lists

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We are less than 5 and a half hours from takeoff and although exhausted I think we are both too excited and nervous to sleep. We've been busy loading our tablets with apps, putting music on ipods and clearing space on SD cards. It's been hard saying "goodbye for now" to our friends and family here but it's awesome to know we have people who love us to come back to (not to mention jobs to return to as well)
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After lots of hugs came the dreaded part. Packing our life into 45 liters. Something I found most helpful were packing lists so I will include mine.
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The List:
Tops: 4 tanks, 2 tshirts, 1 rain jacket, 1 warmer base jacket (mostly for Nepal)
Bottoms: One knee length skirt for temples, leggings, soft comfy cozy pants for plane/air-con buses/keeping the bugs off, board shorts, linen shorts and denim shorts.
One dress!
Undies, 2 pairs of socks, 2 sets of pajamas
1 wireless bra, 3 sports bras
2 bikinis
2 pairs of sandals/slippers, 1 pair lightweight Merrell shoes
Odds and Ends: chargers for everything. bug spray, sunblock, pre-made first aid kit with stuff we already had, door stopper, metal mesh to protect our bags from theft. 3 months of contacts, clothes line, laundry detergent for sink.
Dive log book and PADI card!!!

Everything else is what you would expect. I did bring some makeup but just a tinted moisturizer with SPF, blush, eyeliner and mascara. I got bar shampoo to save space. I bought packing cubes and tons of other awesome organizing bags so nothing in loose in my bag. Both our bags ring in around 25 pounds. Mine expands to 55 liters if needed. If anyone wants any specifics let me know. I'm really excited to see what we are so happy we had and also what we ditch after a couple weeks.

There's no way I could explain how I'm feeling. So so very nervous but also very ready. It's hard to believe that we are finally going to see what all our hard work was for. Takeoff in 5 hours 15 minutes!!!

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9 months ago...

the story behind the one-way ticket

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Nearly 9 months ago my best friend Andy returned from his adventure in Southeast Asia. It only look a few day of him living with us to see how much traveling had changed him. Dominic and I had mentioned to each other how we would love to travel so one day out of curiosity we searched for one-way tickets to see how much it would be to get to Bangkok. We stared in shock at my laptop at how cheap it was. After a very brief discussion and a shimmer in our eyes, we booked our tickets. As the months went by pieces fell together and next thing we knew we also had round trip tickets to Nepal and a return flight home.

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After 9 months of getting passports, backpacks, travel insurance, subletting our apartment, vaccinations, reading TONS of packing list recommendations, and saving every penny we can its FINALLY time to go.

Getting ready for this trip was so much more involved than I had imagined . After pouring over travel websites about people living out of 40 liter backpacks for months at a time, I figured it was an easy 3 step process: Buy backpack, get passport, board plane. If only. We've spent countless hours on the phones with airlines fixing crazy flight changes, tons of time reading up on the countries we are visiting and shopping for supplies all while balancing crazy 60+hr work weeks. It feels so incredible to be embarking on a journey that we both worked so hard to make happen.

"We start with 2 weeks in Nepal, then go back to Thailand to backpack though Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos." It's a sentence I feel like I've said a million times but never felt real until I was wrapping up my last hours of working knowing when I was done it would just be a couple more days until I would be boarding the plane.

Special thanks to our friends and family who have put up with me counting down the months, weeks and days. We look forward to taking you on this trip with us and hope you enjoy our photos and stories.

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