Preparing for travels

With just 3 weeks to go until our sabbaticals start, we’ve finally confirmed our travel plans which look something like this:

  • Leave Heathrow (21st Sept)
  • 2 nights in Los Angeles
  • 25th Sept arrive Auckland, New Zealand (North Island), hire a car, travel around. 7 nights.
  • 2nd Oct: Sydney, Australia. 5 nights in an apartment by the harbour
  • 7th Oct: Hobart, Tasmania for 5 nights. Hire car, travel up the east coast spending one night in each of Hobart, Port Arthur, Swansea, St Helens, Launceston. Fly out of Launceston
  • 12th Oct: Fly into Melbourne, stay one night, pick up car and drive West down the Great Ocean Road, stopping overnight in Apollo Bay and Port Fairy Warnambool before returning to Melbourne.
  • 16th Oct: Cairns (2 nights)
  • 19th Oct: Hamilton Island in the Whitsundays (3 nights), return to Cairns on 22nd.
  • 22nd Oct: Cairns to Singapore (2 nights)
  • 25th Oct: Back to Heathrow then Ipswich, then a week at home to rest, do washing and organise photos before resuming normal life.

In total I think we’re away for 34 nights (including at least a day lost somewhere across the dateline). Lots to look forward to as well as lots to organise. Flights, cars and most of the accommodation is booked but we still need to decide our route for the places where we want to travel around. On top of that there’s important stuff to figure out like the best way to organise/backup/upload photos, post updates for friends & family, navigate between places… I think I might need to check-in an extra case for all the tech!

One Comment to “Preparing for travels”

  1. Steve 21 September 2009 at 10:43 am #

    Waiting for you to update your blog…..have you made it to Heathrow……I feel like I’m going on holiday :)

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