Monthly Archives: September 2012

Saving is going to be torture…

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Travelling is something I enjoy doing and after deciding to take the plunge into extended travel, I realise that I would have to save, budget and cut out some things that I deem important in my life…

It is not as easy as it sounds.

I was doing so well over the past two months since I started saving (Taking more overtime at work to reduce socialising was a huge contributor as well as giving my cards to my mum lol) but over the past week, I have been making BIG unnecessary splurges that may have caused a minor setback. Before I made this huge commitment, (Well, I see it that way anyways) I never thought I would be one of those people who would be able to travel the world extensively as I only thought it was something “rich people do” but after much research I found that it is all about EXTENSIVE planning, saving and major sacrifices!

I am the most disorganised person in the world as well as a constant consumerist and with these negative traits combined, I have no clue as to how I’m going to handle this! However I do understand the need to save so… 😦

Sad face

Tortured sad face

This coming week, I will be going back into university for my final year and I am ready to make some major cuts in my life including:

  • Clubbing – I won’t stop completely but I will make it a mission to pre-drink before I embark into partying oblivion to cut costs drastically (or stop drinking,.. which I won’t do because I like my Rose too much sorry) *I’m not an alcoholic
  • Eating out and getting takeaways– I miss you already The Double Whopper 😥

What a Whopper!  MmmmmHmmm

  • Clothing and shoes – Tell me why I have American Apparel Disco Pants in almost every single colour?!
  • Hair care and weaves  😦 – This was the most painful sacrifice believe it or not, I spend 100’s on my hair per year so this will be a huge contribution.
  • Independence – I’ll be moving in with my dear aunty… We will see how this goes lol (Wait does this count as independence?)
  • Freedom – I’ll be trying to use my remaining time to work as many hours as my education can allow.
  • Sell unwanted items – Not now though, nearer to the date I set off.
  • Taxi’s – I have a habit of taking these everywhere and it eventually adds up..

I’ll have this and thousands more at my disposal when I’m done 😀 (hopefully)

I still plan to have some fun, I’m definitely not going to become a total hermit however FRIENDS AND FAMILY after reading this post,  I hope you understand why I have been saying NO to your offers of socialising than is deemed normal (That and maybe I was catching up on the latest Bleach manga/One Piece anime lol).

It will be hard and sometimes I know I will slip up but I will put a picture of Halong Bay as my screensaver so it would serve as a gentle reminder as to why I am torturing myself.

P.S My book (South-east Asia on a shoestring) arrived in the post a few days ago and it’s almost thicker than my bible! I don’t know where to start.. I feel so overwhelmed!! Any suggestions?

P.P.S As I was writing this I ordered some Dominoes pizza.. It will be the last time for a while I promise!

What other things would you suggest to help me save? What would you cut from your life if you were in my shoes?

One night in Paris

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Paris left a lasting impression on me…

 It is an absolutely beautiful city!!! (Sorry about the quality of some of the pictures, it was taken on my BlackBerry)

Eiffel Tower

Standing in front of the Eiffel tower

In July 2011, my friend Rochelle and I visited our friend who was staying there for the year and she guaranteed that we saw some of the major sights! She got us a weekend pass on the subway which turned out to be cost effective and was used to travel around the city.

Double decker train!

Usain Bolt advert in the subway

We visited the very pretty Galeries Lafayette,  a local shopping mall.

  We also went up to the rooftop to take in the scenery

      We visited the Lourve twice in both days but the queues were SOOOOO long that we just took pictures of its architecture and surroundings then left. 

During our stay we visited many cafés and restaurants including an american diner. I tried the coke float there for the first time and fell in love with it. All the cuisine in Paris was nice apart from one which made me almost throw up… I wish I had taken a picture of it  – It cost me 10 euros as well 😦

Yummy lasagne

       

A cocktail restaurant we visited that was featured in the film “Amelie”

We graced the Sacre-Coeur Basilica with our presence.

Waiting for tram lifts to the church

Waiting for tram lifts to the church

Views from inside

Nearly keeled over climbing up the stairs in the arc d’triumphe , however the end result was worth it. The scenery was on point and it turned out to be the highlight of my trip.

Random places we saw on our travels

We managed to fit in a lot over those 2days. We honestly wouldn’t have done it if my friend was not there… I suspect we would still be trying to find where the arc’d triumphe is by the end of the trip lol. We travelled  overnight return on the Eurolines coach which saved us about 100pounds (as we were travelling in peak times) but cost us an additional 7 hours each way compared to flight times and was at times really uncomfortable. 

Gazing out of a French window feeling almost Parisian haha

Poses before our torturous journey back to England.

Anyways, I definitely plan to go again soon for a much longer period and further explore its surrounding. Maybe go to the top of the Eiffel tower and see the bridge by the river Seine.. If I’m brave enough, try frog legs .

There’s so much more to see!

Have you visited Paris before? What sites did you see? Did you end up eating snails?

Introduction and travel plans :)

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I’m starting this blog to primarily let out any thoughts on my travelling plans as well as document my adventures! I have wanted to do this for a while so finally glad I had the courage to do so.

Few facts about me

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My name is Dami (Damilola on my birth certificate), I’m in my early 20’s and currently in my final year in Manchester, England studying Adverting and PR.

Born in London, lived mainly in Birmingham and Lagos Nigeria.

I’m taller than your average female (5’11 and ¾ if you want specific measurements)

I love reading! One of the recent books I have read  is “Room” by Emma Donoghue which I highly recommend.

I enjoy doing adventurous outdoorsy stuff

I hate snow and find it such a nuisance

I love reading manga and watching anime

I get really SQUIMISH around bugs to the point that it compels people to hit me so I can snap out of it!

I have 4 small tattoos that I got in my teens

I am ashamedly the biggest consumer of reality TV… From the Real Housewives of New York to Big Brother, I can’t get enough! the shame!

I love trying different kinds of meals although I was briefly put off after an unfortunate incident in Paris when I tried a strange meal which resulted in me almost throwing up! Ugh

I am the biggest music fan! I absolutely love music and currently active in the scene.

Speaking of Music, I have a slight not-so-secret obsession with Michael Jackson.

Only sport I follow is MMA.. I actually can’t get enough :S

There’s many more but you will learn along the way

Travel background, goals and inspirations

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I have visited quite a few countries already however I have never done them independently or for such an extended period of time.

So next July after graduation, I have decided to go backpacking on the other side of the world starting from South East Asia or specifically Bangkok. This plan was actually implanted into my head via a suggestion by a dear friend of mine and further fuelled by the extensive information about the continent online. In the past, I considered working in one of the major theme parks in America  for the summer (Applied for Disneyworld and Universal Studios but did not get in because of my SMALL tattoos as they are incredibly strict when it comes to appearance!) and actually got offered a position in another theme park in LA this summer but I had to turn it down because I had resits at my university that I could not run away from and also realised that with the fees I had to pay to work for them as well as living expenses, that it would too expensive for such an experience. Even though, I did turn it down, I was still very disappointed not to have gone travelling this summer (Ok, not entirely true, I went Tunisia with my family so cannot really complain). To make sure I make this trip a reality next year, I have thrown myself into planning this hopefully more than once-in-a-lifetime trip!

 I will most likely be going on my own even though I have had my sister and friends express their interest in accompanying me (My sis read the post and was furious that I was treating this as a solo trip so I guess she’s coming!!) but for now, I will treat this as a solo trip. South East Asia seems like a fantastic option for me as it’s:

1)      Cheap – Being a student in multiple amounts of debt, this is HEAVEN SENT and makes the tedious task of scrimping and saving a lot easier!

2)      Culturally diverse – Looking forward to meeting the locals and getting immersed in their way of life. It will be a culture shock and I will probably cry for the first two weeks but this will help in my character building (I hope)

3)      FOOD!!! – Need I say more?

4)      The sights – From the beautiful beaches in Thailand to Halong Bay in Vietnam, I can’t wait to see what nature has provided us in that part of the world

I’ve decided to travel as a whole because of

5)      Independence and freedom!! I could do whatever I want.. even eat pig’s poo and it is very unlikely it will get back to my parents lol (I will not be doing anything silly like getting arrested though)

6)      Easy to meet new and like-minded people (apparently)

7)      No current responsibilities. I haven’t got a house or a car and my job is easily disposable (after I get my degree of course)

8)      The challenge. I know this trip will certainly not be easy but I look forward to thinking up ways to overcome any obstacles and gain new skills.

I have already planned my route and it will go as follows:-

Northern Thailand – Laos – Vietnam – Cambodia – Southern Thailand – Malaysia – Singapore – Indonesia  – Philippines’  – Hong Kong . I’m hoping to somehow fit in Burma and Sri Lanka in there too. I would absolutely and utterly LOVE to go to Tokyo simply because I am fascinated with and LOVE reading their manga and watching their anime but due to the fact that it is SO DAMN EXPENSIVE, it is more than likely that I will have to skip it

Since I have about 10 months to go and I haven’t booked anything yet, this may change…

Time is of no restraint for now; I am in no rush to get a graduate job.  I have started saving for this trip and I am currently on target in regards to my end budget

Anywhoo, that’s all for now but I will be updating this blog on a regular basis and if anybody has any suggestions for anything that could help, please feel free to mention! Thanks for your time!!!!!

Dami

What is your dream trip or destination?