Needles, so many needles.
My trips to the travel clinic are now weekly, and I still have one more to go until I am finally done. I must be immune to everything by now judging by the number of pricks I have had (stop laughing I’m serious)
I am now protected against:
and probably some more that I forgot I’ve had.
A few I picked up from my Doctor but most I had to get privately at a combined price of £470.
£100 more expensive than my flight to Bangkok!
Since there are no adult Hep B vaccinations in the UK until March I had to have 2 jabs meant for babies instead. At twice the price.
Got my luggage!
I decided on a rolling duffle after deciding a backpack is for people without back and neck problems. I used a small carry on backpack in Amsterdam and was in agony before I got to the Airbnb so backpacks are definitely out.
I opted for an 80 liter Berghaus mule rolling duffle with 6 packing cubes. I already have a 25-liter daypack for carry-on. My Mum got me this as a Chrismas present. (Thanks Mum)
I hit the black Friday sales to get the rest of my stuff and somehow managed to fail at black Friday. nothing I bought was on sale.
Got my Visa
It was a lot easier than I thought, filled out a form, added two pictures, and posted it with my passport and £25 to the embassy.
I did forget to include an envelope so I received a phone call where a nice girl from the embassy spoke in Thai to me, great practice but unfortunately, I only know one phrase in Thai so I was lost after she said S̄wạs̄dī (hello)
She soon realized I had no idea what was going on and luckily she could speak English. I need to up my Thai language game quick.
Never leaving Europe means I’ve not had to deal with natural disasters much, maybe a bad storm every 10 years or so but that’s it.
In Asia, especially in the ring of fire where I will be hanging out, it’s a bit more of a problem.
My exit flight is booked for Bali via Kuala Lumpur at the end of March, and as you have probably seen on the news Mount Agung has woken up and is angry.
As much as I would like an awesome selfie with me stood next to an active volcano I’m sure being stuck on an island with a mountain in need of valium is something of nightmares.
So fingers crossed it calms down soon because I am not canceling more flights to Bali.
Talking of which…
I have my 60 day Visa for Thailand, but I am planning on extending that by another 30 days so I can hang out on the islands before I leave for Bali.
The confusion I have is that I need an exit flight booked to enter Thailand, but upon entry, I won’t have the Visa extension as it can only be applied for while in Thailand.
I fired off a few emails to the airline but the only replies I had were in broken English saying they were not sure.
It is the responsibility of the airlines to check I have an exit flight, without one I wont leave heathrow.
So I got around this by booking two exit flights out of Thailand.
I have the one I will use, to Bali at the end of March and also another that just goes to Kuala Lumpur from Krabi 5 days before my 60 day Visa runs out, just so I have an exit flight within the first 60 days.
It was the cheapest flight out of Thailand at only £30 so no big loss if I don’t need it.
The only things left for me to sort out is giving up my flat, selling my car and storing my stuff.
I need to book professional cleaners apparently before I give the flat up, selling my car is breaking my heart, I love that thing.
As for the storage of my stuff, I am trusting my flatmate with it. Anyone that has met my flatmate will know trusting him is generally a bad idea, especially with everything I own.
I better quit my job at some point too.