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Trip Start Jun 14, 2013
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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

To infinity and beyond

Well not quite but on Friday i will be leaving from Terminal 4 Heathrow Airport at 1315 arriving in Goa at 0620 the following day.

I will try and keep the blog updated with prices for things as much as possible as i found this information from other members blogs really helpful while i have been planning my trip for the last year or two.

My flight is with Air India and cost 322.00 , i have just under a 2 hour layover in Mumbai before catching the connecting flight into Goa.

Once i arrive in Goa i will be getting a taxi to Asterix's hostel which i have booked 7 nights for a price of 4.17 a night. The hostel is located close to Vagator beach and well within walking distance of Anjuana beach aswell.

The taxi journey costs approximately 1100 to 1300 rupees (12-15 quid) which is amazing for a 90 minute taxi! Better than the rip off merchants in Cheltenham charging me 15 to go 8 miles.

I have booked my insurace through bupa which were surprisingly a very good price for the cover you get, alot cheaper than any other companies i received and the insurance cover is a good extensive policy and bar me base jumping of the Petronas Towers it should cover me for everything that i will be doing. The cover cost 367 for 18 months which i was pretty happy with especially going through Bupa.

I have spent many many an hour reading numerous blogs/websites about what i should pack to take with me on my travels and the list below is everything i have, altough i expect a few things will be missed from the list

  • Lower Alpine Kongur 65-75 Litre Rucksack
  • Osprey Quasar 30 Litre day bag
  • 3 pairs of Craghopper trousers which zip off into shorts
  • 4 T shirts from pri mark which cost a few quid each that after a few months i will chuck out and buy new ones while i am away
  • 2 polo shirts for the times i have to look remotely smart
  • 5 pairs of boxers/socks
  • camera
  • pocket hd camcored which i got as a leaving present from work
  • Laptop, i deabted on weather taking a laptop was a good idea but as i have a laptop which is a few years old i decided it would be worth it as many hostels have free wifi so it would be good for booking hostels, keeping in touch etc plus if it gets broken/stolen/lost i havent lost a new fancy piece of gear
  • ipod
  • charges etc for all electronic equipment
  • toilet bag with the usual like razors , toothpaste/brush etc etc etc
  • 3 canoe sacks which if you dont know are waterproof air tight bags which you can use to stuff items in to keep them dry and they also help save room, i will probably use 2 for clean clothes and then the 3rd will be full of all my dirty washing
  • chain to keep wallet/keys attached to my person
  • a pacsafe travel belt which looks like your normal belt but on the inside has a zip for you to store money in
  • 2 karabiners for clipping crap onto
  • water bottle
  • first aid kit
  • sunglasses/hat
  • travel tower
  • sleeping bag liner
  • sandals/flip flops
As i said im sure i have probably forgot the odd item or two but you get the idea. Next time i update this i will be in Goa, see you then.
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Darren Churchill on

Wallet chain ..good thinking.

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