I booked my flight back to Europe

So, this is the moment that really makes me realise I am going home. I have booked my flight from Melbourne to London on the 27th August, so just over a month’s time. But I am looking forward to it and what I am going to do next.

 

I don’t really have a plan apart from try to move to London. It is a world city that I have always had on my doorstep yet never given any time to. From Newcastle it is a mere three hours on the train or a quick flight- just over an hour. I guess when something is always just around the corner, there is less urgency to visit. And with the rest of Europe being so close I hardly consider many UK destinations. Maybe I should make more effort to do so.

I will be flying with Etihad Airways, so will fly through Abu Dhabi. I have two stops so I also have to get off at Amsterdam, but I found a good deal so I don’t mind. It will also be a lot shorter than my flight here, 37 hours if I recall, as I had a 17 hour layover in Singapore. I didn’t mind this however as Singapore has a great airport, and provides a free coach trip around the city for those with long layovers. If you fancy a read of my experience you can read about Changi Airport here and Singapore here.

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So that’s it, I have until August 27th to enjoy Australia before I depart this great country and head on more worldwide adventures. I think I might make a collection of my favourite photos and upload a picture daily throughout August on here and Instagram. It will be nice to remind myself of the places I have been and share them with you all. Narrowing my pictures down to 30 or so will be a challenge!

Have a great day wherever you are.

 


 

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Choices

Long haul flights, window or aisle seat? I guess I have answered the question by scrolling through my camera roll, not one picture of any trip is looking down the aisle of a plane at the sunburnt legs, toilet queues and mothers singing to crying babies. I’d do however, have some lovely shots from the window.


I’m travelling on an Airbus A380 800 from London to Sydney via Singapore for the first time and to get myself in the mood, I logged in and looked at the available seats. There wasn’t many. I did check on this great site called Seat Guru which is a big help finding which the preferred seats in almost all aircraft and airlines and the ones to avoid. I highly recommend a browse before flying, if you care that much


I looked down at the seating map and wondered who I would be sitting next to. The first 13 hours to Singapore will be a window seat. The next 7 hours flight is an aisle seat on the upper deck. It’s fascinating to consider how many awesome people we must sit next to from time to time, conversations wasted as we indulge in our own personal interests that keep us from chatting to our fellow passenger.

Have you ever sat next to someone with an interesting story, or try to start conversation? I’m sure I’ll have plenty of time to gain one on this flight.