Killing Time…

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I am currently typing this post at my “Base”; it is the office where I am based out of (even though I have been at the same school of seven years?!). I have been asked to come here today and I have been here since 8.30am BST (this is my start time); however, my Line Manager has not yet arrived. Oh well!

I have completed three modules of some online courses I have been requested to do and now I do not know what to do?! I thought that I would have Jackie and her The Budget Minded Traveler podcast on and fill my Wanderlust fix.

It is not long until I finish for the summer and I will be able to ACTUALLY be travelling on my own in sunny USA. I have been packed for a few days now; I know that I do not go until the endo fo the month – I have been using Her Packing List and Jackie’s tips for my packing. I am so glad that I found those websites – if you have not already found them – head over to them now! I know that you will love them! I have also downloaded the HPL podcast ready for my trip; there are currently only 15 episodes.

I have been thinking about doing some blog posts for Bloggers Required for another blog – The Writing Rants; has anyone done any posts for them? How have you found it? I will let you know on how my posts go…

I have been worrying about my jobs prospects as a TEFL teacher – is it worth it? I know that does sound like I have lost passion, maybe I have but if I have, have I wasted my time on my studies, blogging and planning my Vlogging videos? Please guys, do you have any tips to improve my mood?!

What will I pack? I need some tips!

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Image from Frugal Frolicker – many thanks!

Being a Guide (yes, I am still in the Girl Guides) I am always most of the time ready for anything; being a teacher abroad I will still be prepared for all that will happen abroad. I know that I will need to pack a lot of things; here is what I would pack in my suitcase (or cases):

 

 

I will definitely need some of this in my bag;

  • Aloe Vera Gel – I swear by it! Excellent for everything!
  • Factor 50+ Sun Screen – You can never know how strong the Sun wherever I go to teach; also I do burn even though I am a brunette.
  • My Jamberry Mini Heater, some wraps and Plug Adapter – I have got to have pretty nails wherever I am!
  • All my TEFL teaching resources – I have QUITE a lot of items; from lesson plans to Register Books and stationery.
  • Solar Chargers – I love my solar chargers; one of the best things I have ever bought as they work even in low light. However, I would to love to have more!

I found some posts called “Ways to save space, what not to take!” and “8 Essential items to pack when moving abroad” written by Amy of Teacher Traveller Money Saver. Both posts were very interesting and I have taken some tips from the lovely Amy – many thanks for sharing! I also read Claire and Anthony’s (of To Love, To Live) post – TEFL: packing for every eventuality and I watched their video TEFL: Travel Preparations.

I have been researching what other people have done when they have been moving abroad. I found Her Packing List; which is a travel blog/site that is aimed at women and gives us girls tips about traveling. Brooke and her team area amazing and I have saved it to my ‘TEFL Bookmarks’. I will spend some more time and work my way through the site. Of what I have found it is very interesting and informative. Another site I found was Frugal Frolicker; another female traveller, called Lindsey, who blogs about her adventures. The image at the top of this post is what she packed for one of her trips in Asia. I have also been using Jackie’s website – The Budget Minded Traveller and all of tips and itinerary lists for some ideas. Not forgetting her amazing Podcast that have hints and tips!

I know that packing “my life” into my 70ltr backpack and my “daysac” is going to be hard. I have already decided that my “daysac”; which will be my carry on, will have my Laptop (as it is designed for laptops), passport and all my paperwork (tickets, visas, cash etc.). I cannot go anywhere without them; in theory. Talking about paperwork; I know that I will be including the following:

  • copies of my passport – at least two copies.
  • medical prescription (as am an EpiPen carrier – Nut allergy) – at least two copies
  • a letter from doctor – I am thinking of doing a medical check; but as usual with the NHS here in the UK, there will be a charge.
  • copies of any visas I have – some will be in the passport but I will photocopy them just in case.

However; what about my things that are staying back here in the UK. Currently, I am still living with my mum and as time goes on my things are reducing. I know that what things I do have left will be okay; as hopefully my family will look after them. The house is fully insured as is the contents of it. I know that it will be mostly Guiding items (my camp blankets etc.). There are other options to be; for example putting all my things into self storage. However; I am a little nervous about that as you don’t know who has the Master Key and have access to your belongings. I have already started to reduce my clothes; I have been losing weight for the last year and a half – lost two dress sizes – and therefore most of my clothes do not fit me anymore. There are products in the market that can help myself and others protect their homes – for example like a Wireless Alarm System from Simplisafe; an American award winning company. With the Simplisafe Free Apps for iPhone, Android, & Windows smartphones we can take control of your security with a more sophisticated personal Command Centre. A fab idea right?

While I am abroad, I know that I will have to keep myself healthy and safe. I do some self defence moves and I am willing to learn the language so I am able to communicate with the locals.

Getting to the airport…

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I am going to visit my “American Family” in July 2016 and I am looking forward to it. It will get me all prepared for the travelling I am aiming to do in October 2016. I have been thinking about I am going to get to the Airport. I know that my family; well definitely my Mum will want to see me off. However; I have been wondering if I got there on my own and it would save my family money – as they would have to drive to whichever airport I will leave from. I know that mum will be fine while we are driving down but she has admitted to me that she will probably get lost on the way home. My brother will be working and possibly be unable to take me.

The example journey is from home; the nearest town is Northampton to Heathrow T5 – this will be for more expensive trips. I have also only priced for the single fare; as you don’t know if I will come back or not. I may enjoy life abroad too much.

Firstly, I thought that the train would be a more direct route; however, I would have to change at least twice – depending on the train company I would use – and the price would be around £60/£70.national_express_7102_caetano_levante_fj08_knw_metrocentre_2009_pic_1

panthermegabuswebThen, I thought about using National Express – it would be a long drive and could cost between £12 and £20. I thought of Megabus; and currently that is the cheapest and quickest option. However, I would need to buy an Underground ticket to get from Victoria Station to Euston Station – this would be around £6. The Megabus itself would only be around the £5 mark; if I booked it early enough. At the moment, that is my best option.

Sadly, I would have to leave on the Megabus from Milton Keyne, which I am not a far of getting to. The National Express goes straight to the Terminal of Heathrow; also I can get discount as “I know some people”.

How would you get there?

When I get to America, I will be using the US Megabus from NJ to my friends in New York  state. However; I am volunteering with the Girl Scouts in New Jersey for a week at their International camp. So, I will be working out how to get from the airport – which will be Philadelphia. commuter3

I am nervous about this part; should I? If you have any experience of using any of the modes of transport, please let me know!

Workaway…

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logoHas anyone ever heard of Workaway? I have been working my way through Jackie’s (The Budget Minded Traveller) podcasts and in Episode 5 (from April 2014) she was discussing about Workaway. To be honest, I have never heard of this programme until Jackie mentioned it (You rock Jackie!). It is a volunteering programme; however, there is a joining fee but it is for two years! Which it pretty fab! I would love to do a Workaway. There are so many places where I could volunteer. It is a great relief on the wallet and an amazing idea! I am wondering if it is something I could do when I have finished the internship; in whichever country I apply to!

I have had a good look around the site and for two years as a “Workawayer” will cost me $29.00; which is about £19.30. AMAZING right! I am very tempted to join; anyone interested? I bet Claire and Ant of To Love, To Live have joined up – if not; I recommend that they should!

I know that becoming a “Workawayer” will be an excellent experience to me and will improve me into an even better person!