Two Weeks to Go, and the List Making Begins

Whenever I say “I have two weeks left in Canada!”, or read the words, or think about them, or dream about them, I get goose bumps. My being is a mixture of emotion. Joy. Fear. Serendipity. Nervousness.

There are so many emotions that I feel as though I suffer from a demented version of multiple personality disorder. I imagine myself as Gollum in Lord of the Rings, when he’s talking to himself. Showing both sides of his personality. One side stronger than the other. The only difference is that my conversation is not a duet, it’s a flipping dinner party! [Well, that and the fact that I am not a deformed Hobbit.]

A few weeks ago my mind wasn’t focused on the fact that I only had a month left. Sure, I tweeted about it a couple of times, but it didn’t really sink in. Not fully. Actually, the feeling has not completely set-in now.

I should be walking around in a panic. There is still a lot to do. I have a fundraiser in less than two weeks. I have to pack. I have to prep for my 2.5 months in Thailand, I have to… So many things. So many ‘I have to’ statements. It kind of stresses me out to think about them all.

It’s weird. In a way it’s as if I’m floating around, viewing everything in slow motion. I know what needs to be done, but things get mixed together. Jumbled. My ‘I have to’ statements intermingle and I lose track of them. It’s like my brain is in the middle of a temper tantrum, “No! No, I am NOT doing it. I am NOT going to keep remembering stuff for you. Don’t you see what you’re doing?! It’s so damn crowded in here, I can hardly move! My goodness woman! It’s like an episode of hoarders in here! Nope. I’m done. You best find away to clear this clutter out on your own.”

So, as my brain has decided to hold my memory hostage, I have resorted to making lists. It’s the only way to de-clutter my brain and let her breathe normally again.

I know what you’re thinking, “Whoop-de-do, she’s making a list. Why the hell am I reading a post about making a list?!”, I assure you, it’s more than that. I couldn’t possibly write a post about making a list. Silly reader!

I could, however, write a post about making six lists. Yep. Six. [see what I did there? I’m not making ‘a list’, I am making ‘six lists’]

I pride myself on my multi-tasking skills, but I have never multi-tasked this much at any one time.

It’s pretty sad when I have to make a list of all the lists I need to make. Yet, here it is…

Shopping List

This one is obvious. Thankfully I don’t have to buy as many things this year. I do, however, have some rather odd items on the list. This is due to the Mongol Rally, as well as my travel plans for after the rally. At the moment I have listed things like…

There are a few more items on the list, but you get the idea. In some ways, I hope to be a female MacGyver during the rally. I am fully aware that this is a fantasy, and I will probably be a female Agent 86 [Maxwell Smart]. Either way, it’s a good idea to be somewhat ready.

Packing List

I still remember the pain of opening my backpack, in another country and realizing I had forgotten to pack my pouch of adapters. I was devastated. I was annoyed. I felt like a knob. Especially since I remembered packing it. I just forgot the part where I took it out of the pack for a minute to add something. Yeah, foolish mistake.

This time I am doing it a bit differently. I have piles AND a list! I have a pile of things I need to pack into my backpack, a pile of things I may take if I have room, and a pile of items that need to go into my carry-on. I also have a list of things that I simply cannot forget to pack.

  • Pouch of adapters & cables
  • Thermal shirt [there will be chilly nights]
  • Beanie & pashmina [see above]
  • MacGyver Kit [yes, I am building a kit, and labelling it the ‘MacGyver’ kit]
  • Spare flip-flops [I know I can buy them anywhere, but these are comfier]
  • Spare batteries and parts for GoPro camera
My list is not as long due to my piles. Basically, as I come across something that I want to take, it goes into a pile. That way I know it has been set aside. The list is a secondary measure to make sure certain items are not overlooked.

Mongol Rally List

The Mongol Rally is a huge deal, and not just in terms of the adventure itself. As we’ll be working with sponsors, there are a few extra duties than those who chose to use their own cash. But, either way, there is still a lot to do in terms on the rally itself [sans sponsors].

  • Obtain visas for Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Russia and Mongolia
  • Buy the car!
  • Make sure we have 1 spare full-size tire, a gas can, some spare parts, oil, windshield washer, wipers, and oil filter
  • Buy Roof rack or box
  • Buy a plane ticket from Bangkok to somewhere in Europe. Find a sale.
  • Editorial calendar for sponsors, this blog, and the team website
  • Thank-you cards for the hostels who host us in Europe, as well as for along the way. Something unique and different.
  • SIM cards for iPhone and iPad
  • Video storyboards and calendar
  • Car insurance
  • Create budget for during the rally
I think I could spend a few hours writing down all the little details. It would be exciting, but it would also be very daunting. I may even groan and shut down this laptop for the day. So, we won’t go there!

Writing List

The last month has been a wee bit light in terms of writing, but to be fair, I have been busy with other things. I plan to change this as I move to Thailand at the end of the month. Initially, I wanted to find an apartment in Chiang Mai and settle down, but as I write this post I realise that would mean several trips to Bangkok to apply for tourist visas for the rally. Wow. I think I may need to find a place to crash in Bangkok and make a couple of trips to Chiang Mai.

See, this is what happens when I try to de-clutter my mind. I make travel changes!

I have a few projects lined up, including some articles on Responsible Tourism for Travel + Escape, a Lomo Amigo photo project, a one-week volunteer gig at the Elephant Nature Park, and my weekly articles for CheapOair Canada’s Travel Blog.

Blog List

I’m always thinking of ways to try to improve this blog. I also suffer from OOCD, Organization Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. I have no idea if that actually exists. Perhaps I am being OCD about the form of OCD I think I have. Wow, would that be a totally different OCD? Hmmm…

For as long as I can remember, I have had this need to re-organize and re-work things. In high school, I use to re-write my notes. I didn’t do this as a study method. I did it because I thought they looked messy. I’m totally serious.

Over the last two years, I have reworked the categories on this blog, re-worked pages, re-worked the layout…

I am getting better though. Now, instead of instantly re-doing something, I sit back and ask if I actually need to re-do it. Sometimes I ask you, but being as you’re shy, I usually go back to asking myself. Then I make a list. Sometimes, when I cannot be bothered to look at the other lists, I’ll work on the blog list. It’s kind of dream list. A list that I think will make this blog stellar.



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I'm a travel writer and photographer who specializes in bespoke travel experiences. I write about boutique, savvy and cultural travel. My writing has been featured in Outpost Magazine, Travel + Escape, and UP! Magazine.

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4 Responses

  1. Caro_PassportandaToothbrush

    Wait, gravy mix? Am I missing something haha?

  2. Karin

    Haha this is great, I wish we were as organised! I just make lists in my head and then blame Kieran when we forget tends to work out ok! 


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