Something incredibly exciting (for me anyway) is happening soon…in 22 days actually. I’m going on my very first international trip ever – well other than Canada. Does Canada count? It’s almost like going to North Dakota. No offense to my favorite Canadians OR North Dakotans.
I’m heading to London for 2 weeks before a few days in Amsterdam and Paris. London is a dream trip for me. I’ve wanted to go for years. In fact I was supposed to go as a “chaperone” for the marching band’s trip to London when I was a senior in high school. Why a high school senior was deemed to be responsible enough to chaperone, I will never know. But the point is “moo” as Joey from Friends would say. The trip was cancelled over terrorism fears. This was back in the early 90s right around the time of the first Gulf War as well as, I believe, possible IRA led bombings in the London area.
So here I am….a “few” years later finally getting to go! So 22 days….so soon yet so far and so much to still get done!
The passport is ready to go, the flight has been booked for months, the flat has been rented and paid for, the power adapter arrived today, the “schedule” has been booked with activities and things to do and see. So what else is missing? I have to find a proper outfit to wear for high tea as well as a tour of Lloyd’s of London. I need to find some American things to put into care packages to take to London for some of my friends from Australia and Portugal. I need to find a way to pack all my crap into one suitcase (I fear I will need to ship things back from the UK).
How does one prepare for a long trip in another country? What am I missing? I am looking for any and all suggestions on how to survive the 8 hour flight, what I absolutely must bring with me as well as things to do and see in London and Amsterdam. My stay in Paris will consist of a day and an evening. I’m not sure what I can fit into that short amount of time. I’m having a hard enough time as it is fitting in all the things I want to see in London alone.
So, world travelers that might stumble across this blog post, please enlighten me. Share your words of wisdom. Help me to become the world traveler I already am in my mind!