Hi guys, sorry it’s been a while but so much has been going on and it looks like my trip is finally coming together. I’ve only got 20 days to go until I head off to Vietnam and I finally got my buddy list just over a week ago after months of waiting! There are 3 other girls, that have also booked through Real Gap, who are jetting off to Vietnam with me. 2 of which are from a little town, just a mere 20 miles from where I stay. What a small world!
As well as getting more information about my trip, I have also been raking through the summer sales on a regular basis. Real Gap gave us a small kit list but it wasn’t really specific on what clothing to bring apart from telling us what was acceptable to wear in the country. When in Hanoi – the capital of Vietnam – we can really wear whatever we want however when in the rural parts of the country, especially when volunteering, we are required to wear clothing which will cover our shoulders and not figure hugging as this may offend the locals because of their tight connection with religion.
After finding out this information, I hit the shops! I had an idea of clothing that I wanted to buy and also had an idea of clothing that would allow me to fit in in Vietnam. A lot of bright colours and wacky patterns were a must!
Although in Vietnam, it doesn’t really matter whether your outfit is matching! I have decided to buy a lot of bold trousers and mostly neutral tops. I didn’t want to go for the full on ABBA look! Bold trousers are really fashionable at the moment and also you find that a lot of them are flared. This means that although they are full length, I will be able to stay cool in the Vietnamese heat while also respecting the locals.
When shopping for clothes for my trip, I didn’t want to break my budget because some clothes are likely to wear and tear because of the climate and the activities that I will be doing. This is why I have chosen to shop in places such as F&F and TK Maxx because I feel that they give you good quality clothes for a reasonable price. Also since my trip is at the end of summer, this has meant that I can take full advantage of the summer sales before I head off.
Although I have tried not to break my budget, everyone needs some luxuries. This is why I have also chosen to buy a bikini from Boux Avenue – a shop which has just opened where I live. I love the floral pattern on it and just like the trousers that I have bought, I feel that it will make me fit right in in Vietnam!
Boux Avenue Bikini
Thanks for reading everyone and be sure to keep an eye out for another blog post which will be coming soon! See you in 20 days Vietnam!
ABZ Arty Backpacker (Bethany) X
As many of you already know, I will be heading off to the beautiful country of Vietnam on the 15th of August for a month – only 38 days to go…not that I’m counting! This will be my first experience of South East Asia and I already know that it will be a completely different experience of life to what I’m used to in the Western world.
My First Task
My first task was a very important one, finding a rucksack! This was my first priority because not only would I have to be comfortable living out of it for many weeks/months at a time but I would also have to be comfortable carrying it on my back for many miles at a time to reach my desired destination.
Osprey Farpoint 70
After deliberating for actually quite a short period of time, I decided to go for an Osprey Farpoint 70
litre rucksack which also had a smaller detachable rucksack included. This meant that I could use the smaller rucksack as hand luggage when flying and when on day trips, while also allowing me to join the two rucksacks together so that I could carry them as one – coming in handy when travelling between hotels and when hiking.
Osprey rucksacks are known to be incredibly reliable, especially with their lifetime guarantee. Aswell as this, they are also known to be very lightweight, great for me as it means that I can pack more clothes before feeling strain on my back! Although I have only started chucking clothes into it, it already seems like a mini tardis as I never realised how much I had actually chucked in it!
My trip is at the end of summer, meaning that I can take full advantage of the summer sales before I go! I am hoping that my next blog will be on the great buys that I have gotten for my trip and my favourite shops to shop in for holiday clothes. In Vietnam there is quite a distinct style, mix & match I would call it…and although the clothes that I have bought would make me stand out here in the UK, I will definitely fit in over there!
Anyways thank you – or cám on as they would say over in Vietnam – for checking out this blog post and keep an eye out for my next post which will be coming very soon.
ABZ ARTY BACKPACKER (Bethany) X
Welcome to my first post on my blog! I am Bethany – a soon to be graphic design student. When growing up my family liked to get out and explore the world around us at every opportunity. Sometimes this included an adventure filled weekend near my home in Aberdeen, Scotland and at other times it included an extravagant trip across the globe. I’m excited to start my blog – which will include posts about my travels and artwork – because I have a few incredible trips already under my belt and have an exciting trip planned to Vietnam before I head off to university in September.
My goal is to share my experiences of travelling with others and show them that there are so many places in the world, just waiting to be discovered. As well as this, I will also post reviews of my travels, so if you’re interested in a similar trip, I’ve got you covered! Although I will not always be travelling, I know in my mind that I will always be planning. To keep people updated when I am not travelling, I will keep the blog updated with projects that I have been assigned while studying at Grays School of Art.
I am not exactly sure how this website will evolve but I am excited about the possibilities and I’m thrilled that you’re coming along for the ride.