3 days to go….
Stress isn’t even the word. I don’t know what I’m feeling right now, but it definitely isn’t excitement, there are no butterflies in my tummy. WHY?!
I have just finished trying to pack my backpack. (Emphasis on trying). There’s just no way everything I need is going to fit. I don’t even think it’s the clothes that are the problem, it’s the toiletries. They are never ending. But surely I need them ALL?! I definitely need sun lotion, after sun, insect repllent, deodorant, baby wipes, bathroom essentials and make up. And that is my attempt at packing light. I don’t know how these female travellers do it. I’ve been reading all their blogs, there are even some girls who don’t do checked in baggage at all. They have a tiny, carry on board rucksack for travelling the world. I take my hat off to them I really do (let’s not mention hats I’m going to have to wear my huge floppy sun hat on every flight as there is no way on earth that is fitting in any backpack). I honestly thought I was one of those girls who could do this no problem, I’m not exactly high maintenance. For example, when I tell most of my female friends I’m not taking a suitcase, but a backpack, they nearly have a fit. Here is a conversation I had with my friend the other day:
“What are you going to do in Australia….I mean, they have no fashion over there!”
To which I replied, “That’s the point.”
I’m sure they do have fashion in Aus, it’s by far a fashionless third world country, but she was trying to say all they wear are shorts and t-shirts 24/7. (Slightly cliché but hey, neither of us have been before! I’ll let you know). Well I, for one, can’t wait to get into that lifestyle. I am so sick of this country and the never ending consumerism that is bound to it. We’re all the same – we see an item of clothing, we HAVE to have it, then as soon as we’ve bought it we catch a glimpse of the next latest fashion and we buy that too. It’s an everlasting, depressing cycle and I am so sick of feeling this constant need for more. I am going to love having to not care about what I look like, what I’m wearing, or if the locals think I’m trendy. Because none of that is going to matter. Those everyday thoughts I used to have will seem so insignificant to what I will be seeing and experiencing.
Having said that, I am obviously not parting with my mac make up. A girl has needs. So I need to find a way to fit it all in! I am doing quite well with the traveller sacrifices, I’ve surrendered my ghd’s. Give me some credit please! Au natural hair….not looking forward to that. No doubt I’ll be posting frequent updates about my Monica frizz, on a scale of 1-10.
My next post will be from Thailand! x