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.
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?
13 days of sweltering hot sun and blue sky - one afternoon of thunder, lightning and being soaked to the skin. Oh well, a day in Rome, even if it's a rainy one, is still ten times better than a day in the office! Check out the Roman rain...
Travel bloggers often warn not to plan a trip too far in advance, pointing out that your route will probably change once you’re on the road and that anything can happen when you’re backpacking round the world. Unfortunately, I happen to be a bit of an Obsessive Compulsive Travel Planner, so ‘going with the flow’ is going to be a bit of a challenge for me.  It would be silly not to do any travel planning though, right? So, here’s what our itinerary looks like so far: