Hooray! Finally! 1 day to go before my family and I going on board for our vacation travel to Shanghai! Though it will definitely be a rushing tour since we joined the destination-packed travel package, there is still something that I’m looking forward to: beautiful sceneries for my photo album! During this 8D7N tour, I would expect some huge proportions of time being spent on travelling, be it on bus or train, travelling from 1 destination to the other. I don’t really mind as long as there would have good weather and great scenes for shooting , instead, rains and overcast weather of autumn seems to be my bigger worry. Let’s hope for the best.
Only 24 hours away, what have I prepared so far? Other than those normal items in my packing list, I found that it is quite challenging to get prepared for a whole-week-long winter travel in a country that you haven’t been to before. Here are the top 5 challenges I am facing or have rather overcome before my winter travel to Shanghai:
- The biggest challenge of mine in this final day is to pack sufficient (or necessary?) winter clothing for the trip - According to the weather forecast, Shanghai at this moment is having an average temperature of 8 to 15 degree C, which is cold for someone from a tropical country like me. Packing those thick winter clothing into our small cabin baggage seems to be our biggest challenge! Last night, we decided to check-in our baggage finally (though it’s not my preference after some bad experience with check-in baggage damage years ago). This will allow us to expand our travel bag to an additional space of 30% and that would be enough for all our staffs;
- The second challenge during the preparation of this trip is things that need to bring along - Shanghai is not a commonwealth country so their power sockets are different from what we are having here in Malaysia. In order to plug in our chargers (handphone and camera), we need to bring along an adapter socket; Another item in our packing list is umbrella (Brella… ella…er…er..) since weather forecast tells us that rains is expected during the period;
- The 3rd challenge is the amount of Ren Min Bi (or Yuan) we need to bring along - Since money changers in Shanghai are ‘famous’ for their expensive rate, and we can’t use this currency in Malaysia, a more accurate estimation is preferred which I should consider monies for extra night tour, local snacks and souvenirs;
- The 4th challenge is to prepare staffs for our children – We are not bringing our children along for this long trip (in terms of distance and quite long period). Chloe would be taken care of by my sister-in-law while Dylan would stay with our baby sitter. 2 care takers means 2 separate baggages are needed. I would say packing staffs for children is as tough as ours; and
- The final challenge is to inform whoever necessary and dedicate well of all my works in hand – On top of that, I have asked favours from my brother in law to drop-by my house once or twice for whatever reasons. Finally I’m going to leave my car in the workshop for major service during this period of time.
Whatever it is, apart from all these challenges, I am looking forward to a wonderful vacation travel to the Shanghai Bund. For those who are interested to read more on my travel experience to Shanghai, you may prefer to subscribe to my RSS Feeds for FREE future updates. Cheers! - Travel Feeder, the Shanghai travel guide.