It was a long-time dream of mine to travel outside of the country. And just last December, I had my dream come true; I got myself a round trip ticket to “Asia’s World City” – Hong Kong.
It all started with a spur of the moment invitation from one of my college friends. She saw a discounted ticket to Hong Kong for December and instantly sent us a group message, asking us if we wanted to go with her. Without any hesitation, I said “yes”. I didn’t even bother checking my calendar for any appointments or scheduled responsibilities for December. I would haved move mountains if I had to, just to get on this trip. Five more friends agreed to go and we got seven confirmed tickets to HK, baby!
So, tickets were all good, next thing we needed was reservations for any backpacker guest house near the city centre. After some deliberation and some help from our friends who had travelled to HK already, we reserved rooms from Golden Crown Guest House.
Hong Kong Research
Tickets: check. Rooms: check. But here comes the hardest part: the two-month long wait. So to make my time productive, I researched all about Hong Kong. I compiled all the helpful information I could get and printed it out as a reference. I also made a rough draft of our itineraries, I even included the places where we would eat, the train we would ride and all the other little FIYs. We were all first-timers so we badly need to be in the know.
Hong Kong Wardrobes
As early as October, I already bought myself two jackets, scarves, bonnet, beanies and a pair of boots to bring with me during my trip. December is winter time in HK so definitely it would be freezing cold. Since, I’m a little bit of a “fashionista”, I had delicately prepared my set of wardrobes from day one to day three.
Hong Kong Currency
This was quite a hard one because I decided to change my money on the day of our trip, thinking I still had a lot of time to choose the foreign exchange converter that had the best selling rate. Unfortunately, that was a bad choice. Almost all the currency converter shops I know had decided to go on vacation for their company Christmas party. So I was left with just one converter and unfortunately it was the one I wanted to avoid because of their sky-high selling rate. I had no choice but to change my money to Hong Kong dollars there. Too bad, my budget for shopping was scratched – poor me!
So for all you first timers out there, may it be for Hong Kong or any other foreign country, don’t forget to research any data about that country; from their transportation, tourist attractions, language, weather, maps, to currency and all the other little things that you need to know before your trip. As much as possible, know the weather update during your travel dates so that you’ll know what clothing will be comfortable during your trip. You don’t want to wear a fur coat when it’s a sizzling hot day, right? Last but not the least; prepare your money ahead of time. Try to convert an ample amount of money, not just the big bills, but try to get some smaller ones or even coins, pennies or dimes because you’ll never know it might just save you from a missed bus ride. ;-)