Once upon a time, a traveller’s backpack wasn’t made up of expensive gadgets and shiny technological tools – or so I hear. Truth is, I can’t remember how I used to get through daily life without my phone or laptop, so imagining travelling the world without them is a pretty difficult task.However, part of the reason we’re going travelling is to get away from this kind of westernised, commercialised lifestyle – shouldn’t that include stripping away the gadgets? Well, not if I want to keep up this blog, for a start. As much as we’re trying to limit the amount of gadgets that make it into our backpacks, we’ve accepted that there are some things we can’t go without – that includes a new travel laptop.
I’ve thought long and hard about whether I should even write this post – but I think it’s only right to talk about the lows, as well as the highs of planning a massive life change like leaving everything behind to travel the world.  Right now, aside from being crazy excited that our departure date is only 20 weeks away and losing sleep over how much we still have left to do before we leave; I’m experiencing a case of travel guilt.
We’ve been saving to go travelling for years and have a fair bit in the bank by now, so why do we need a credit card? It all started when we were researching New Zealand car rental prices. We found a cheap company and were ready to book – until they informed us we’d need a travel credit card to proceed. So now what?
Time seems to be disappearing scarily fast in a haze of planning, working and panicking right now and I'm starting to lose sleep over the never-ending list of travel tasks that have yet to be completed in preparation for our trip. One thing I'm desperately trying to find time for is visiting and taking pictures of all the places I love in London before we leave. So here's the first of a few picture posts I'm going to publish of the places I'll miss when we leave.

Stupid question, right - I mean, who doesn’t love to travel? Who wouldn’t swap the daily confines of work, family obligations and familiar surroundings for the freedom to go where you please and fill your days with adventure?  It’s a no-brainer. However, as our trip draws closer I’ve realised the answer to the question is more complicated than that.

Choosing the best adventure travel camera for our trip was a big decision. Not only is a camera one of our more expensive pieces of travel gear, it’s also one of our most important as it’ll help us to capture memories of all the places we go and people we meet. So, what are the best travel cameras? 
Booking the flights for our trip was a huge deal. We knew that once we’d clicked that confirmation button and our hard-earned cash had left our accounts there’d be no going back; no changing our departure date or destination, no backing out. Everyone would realise that the trip we’d been talking about for so long was actually going to happen – and so would we.
Like most aspiring travellers, we’re trying to find ways to get rid of our possessions so that we can travel as lightly as possible when we’re on the road. However, while we’re in the process of packing up, giving away and selling our stuff, we’re also having to buy all the gear we need for our trip; which includes the most important piece of kit – the backpack.
[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text]If you’d have said to me five years ago that Andrew and I would be able to save nearly £30,000 in around two years, I’d have never believed you. Even just three years ago we were both penniless ex-students with overdrafts and mountains of student loans; we haven’t exactly been living on bread and water, forgoing holidays or staying in every night either. So how have we managed to save money for travelling?