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Countdown: 3 days to go

This whole going away for a year business has come around faster than I could have imagined.  I finished work almost 4 weeks ago and in that time, I feel like I'm still not anywhere near prepared for this little adventure.  Although our checklist is pretty much finished now, it all feels very surreal..

  1. Chinese Visa – check
  2. Shanghai Accommodation – check
  3. Backpacker Travel Insurance – check
  4. Ningbo Accommodation – check
  5. Backpacks – check
  6. Chinese Bank Account – almost checked
  7. Chinese Currency – check
  8. Dry Bags – check
  9. Cancelled Direct Debits – check
  10. Private VPN for China – check
  11. Camera / Camcorder & Cases – check
  12. MacBook Pro Case – check
  13. A years supply for TV shows / films – check
  14. Vaccinations – check

and so on..

When we are finished with all this planning and are actually over in Asia we will put together a proper article on the types of things that need sorting before travelling for an extended period of time.  It's slightly daunting at first, but having a list of ‘to do's' every day for the past few weeks means ticking off a few things everyday.  I think we are 95% done now.  At least the most important things are finished, just this website that needs some work!

About Darryl Hall (85 Articles)
Darryl left the shorelines of England in 2013 to study and travel in China and South East Asia for a year. Darryl is a co-founder of, a travel blog with the aim of sharing travel tips, country & city guides for other backpackers. Visit my Google+ page.
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