So much to do, so little time....

Trip Start May 01, 2010
Trip End Apr 30, 2011

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Friday, April 16, 2010

It's all getting really hectic! 16 days to go. The house is being dismantled around us. Everything is being ebayed or freecycled. People are popping around all the time to collect all manner of objects! Everything from cuboards and shelving units to tents, steamers and toasters! Still hopefully we have time to clear the house before the new owners move in!

My final injection is due today -  'Japanese Encephalitis' shot 2. That will complete the 10 injections I've received at a cost of 433!! Catherine is getting her prescription for anti-malarials today, me on Saturday. As we're travelling for an entire year these are going to cost a lot and sorting out what is required is quite complex. I think I'll be on Malarone for three months (ouch!) and then I'll start on doxycycline before we get to Burma. Catherine will probably do Lariam in South America and then switch to doxycycline for Asia.

Our travel kit is 99% complete. We are taking one big rucksack for clothes, a large healthy back sling bag for everything else (check in luggage), a Crumpler photobackpack for my camera kit (hand luggage) and a small daysack for Catherine. We're travelling pretty light and would be more so if I didn't have the camera kit and laptop etc. Still it wasn't something I could consider leaving behind. What's the point in having a nice camera if you're not going to use it! I've insured it for worldwide cover with who I've been using since 2007.

I'm taking the EOS 550D, Canon 10-22mm lens, Canon 70-300mm IS lens and a Sigma 17-70 OS Macro which will sit on the body most of the time. I had to leave the 430EX flash at home, it just weighs too much although I am taking an ultra-lightweight monopod (Velbon Ultrastick L50). We also have the Canon S90 which Catherine will take in her hand luggage and the WP-DC35 underwater case for any time we need something for snorkelling or diving.

We kept all clothing to a minimum. We've spent far too much on specialist Rohan travel clothing although having something light, hardwearing, quick-drying and dependable means we can take less overall. These techno fabrics really are good in hot climates too.

Bookings for Costa Rica are mostly done and we have the following plans....

Tortuguero for some turtle watching
Turrialba for white-water rafting
Parque Nacional Los Quetzales for trekking
Drake Bay / Corcovado for trekking and diving
Golfo Dulce and Zancudo - for laying around on a beach!

Cross border into Panama at Paso Canoas...

This is starting to feel very real now. It's scary and exciting at the same time. We just need to get everything wrapped up here first and get the rest of our stuff in storage at Catherine's dad house.

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