The Pre Trip

Well it has begun. You no longer have to put up with my endless countdowns you’ll now just have to put up with all the fun things I’ll be  doing instead! 🙂

So the trip began with a Tram, a Bus, and a Plane. No troubles at all. We were supposed to board the plane at 11:45pm but didn’t end up boarding until around 12:25am. We ended up arriving here in Kuala Lumpur early anyway so I’m not complaining.

I discovered it was a lot easier than I thought to make a trip into central KL so I decided to buy a ticket and come on in. It was a good chance to have a look at the varying scenery along the way. Its a mix of undeveloped, not quite developed, and over developed. Things seem to be cheap here, food and transport wise anyway, the return ticket to KL and back only cost about $7. So why not.

At the moment I’m sitting up in a Burger King in the giant shopping centre that is underneath the Petronas Towers taking advantage of their free WiFi. Unfortunately the spots for going up to the viewing platform are limited and the next available time was not until 4:15pm and I’ll be long gone by then. Definitely not something for the short stay itinerary but still worth coming over to have a look up close. They’re huge!

I’m going to be doing some video blogging here and there where I feel like it and there are not many people around to point and laugh at me talking to my phone at the wrong end on the wrong side.

I’ve got one for the Petronas Towers. Take a look and have a laugh at me sweating my pants off in the humidity. Note to self, wear shorts next time.

I have to head back to the airport in a couple of hours. Might have a look around to see if there is anything else to see around here. Its one more place that I can say I’ve been to anyway.

I’m holding my final judgment until I land in London but so far Air Asia X has been a pretty good experience. The seats are fairly comfortable (better than Tiger’s plywood and cloth seats) and they even recline! I didn’t get my meal that I paid for so I don’t know what happened there. They may have served something while I was asleep but why anyone would want a meal at 2am is beyond me. I expected they would serve breakfast. Can’t have everything I guess.

Next stop London!


Things to do

So I’m 78 days out from departure. Still plenty of time to get everything organised.

Can’t believe I booked my flight back in August. Absolute bargain at $386 one way from Melbourne to London and pretty much the whole reason why this trip got off the ground in the first place.

I’m flying with Air Asia courtesy of that super cheap flight. I’ve heard the seats don’t recline from Melbourne to Kuala Lumpur, and I have an 8 hour stop over before arriving in London at 10:30pm, but I can put up with a lot for what it cost me.

I am flying home with Qantas though. Wanted there to be no hassles on the way back. Plus I get 10,500 frequent flyer points!

You definitely have to shop around for your flights. I only happened to discover the Air Asia deal as I went directly to their site. Discovered by accident really. Expedia was a great resource for finding the best price for the flight home. I really wish there was an option to search Origin = Europe, Destination = Melbourne and find the best price that way. As it was I just had to keep thinking of names of cities that I might be near. In the end London was the cheapest/most convenient option for my return flight anyway. Don’t forget you can get your travel agent to match these online prices. Expedia was actually cheaper than going direct to Qantas too.

So I’ve got my flights, passport is still valid, have a backpack that I used last time, and a fairly good idea of where I’m going. All thats really left is to get my Eurail Pass, and work out what I’ll actually be doing in the places I’m visiting. I’m going to be staying in Hostels, and since I want to keep this trip pretty flexible, I won’t be booking anything until a few days in advance. Lets hope that idea turns out.