Now what have I forgotten?   1 Nov 2005

Ellie Van Baaren

Ticket? Check. Passport? Check. Empty room? Check. Mound of luggage? Check. The countdown has reached a matter of days and amidst all the hedonistic goodbye parties, there’s that niggling voice in your head asking: "what have I forgotten?" and "what the hell am I doing?"

Ticket? Check. Passport? Check. Empty room? Check. Mound of luggage? Check. The countdown has reached a matter of days and amidst all the hedonistic goodbye parties, there’s that niggling voice in your head asking: "what have I forgotten?" and "what the hell am I doing?"

you know it’s a bit late for doubts now, but that doesn’t stop the stream of consciousness running continuously through your head as you stare at the ruins of what used to be your house (or room). Anything you don’t need for a while is already on a ship and that big pile in the middle of the room is supposed to fit in a check-in booth ... somehow. The delight with which you booked your ticket has been replaced by second thoughts and memories of the life you left behind all those months or years ago.

You should have already organised the important stuff such as tax, national insurance, shipping, selling the house or giving notice at your flat and resigning from your job. If you haven’t, I suggest you get on to it, and fast. But apart from packing up everything you have left, your last week in the UK should be enjoyable. You’re not only saying goodbye to friends, and in some cases family, you’re saying goodbye to a lifestyle and a country. Make sure you give equal time to each of them.

Friends are the most difficult. They just keep moving around, damn it. Hopefully you will have already booked your nearest and dearest in for a decent hoorah, but for the rest, make them come to you. You’ll run yourself ragged trying to get to everyone in time, and you need to look fresh when you walk off that plane into the sunshine.

As for the lifestyle, don’t forget to say goodbye to your favourite restaurants, bars, clubs ... whatever took your fancy while you were here. Chances are, when you make your next visit they may not be there anymore, or the crowd will have changed.

And the city. I can only talk about London, because that’s where I’m based, but you should already know what you were always meaning to do and never quite got around to.

You should have already taken care of the overseas destinations, it’s now time to concentrate on things closer to home. Museums, castles, reserves, city walks, beaches (such as they are) ... there’s probably a long list, so it’s best to devise a strategy. Just a tip. I’ve heard the National Portrait Gallery and the Imperial War Museum in London are particularly fascinating and easy to while away a good few hours. Plus the Museum of Moving Image is great for the kids. And you can’t go past the two Tates, the Tate Britain and the Tate Modern.

Finally and probably most importantly – don’t be late!

Never underestimate how long it takes to get to the airport, especially because you’ll have more luggage than whenever you’ve travelled before. There are certain times when you will need longer than two hours to check in and in my experience the earlier you are, the less stringent they are on the weight restrictions (within reason).

Oh and by the way, if the doubts are getting too loud take a look at newzealandnow.info to remind yourself of just how good it’s going at home at the moment.

Bon voyage!

Add a comment

Bookmark and Share

News

Terror in Canada: There were gunmen on roof says Kiwi

24 Oct 2014 News
Ottawa resident says shock turning to anger and hard questions being asked about how gunman got so far. A New Zealander in Ottawa was... more

NZ Government Urged to Do More to Fight Ebola

24 Oct 2014 News
New Zealand Government Save the Children Urges the NZ Government to Do More to Fight Ebola As Ebola continues to tear through West... more

Business

Sky TV to launch $20/month subscription ondemand service

24 Oct 2014 Business News
By Fiona Rotherham Oct. 24 (BusinessDesk) - Sky Network Television, the country's dominant pay-TV operator, will launch a new $20 a... more

Jade chases growth of 30-50% for Master Terminal

24 Oct 2014 Business News
By Paul McBeth Oct. 23 (BusinessDesk) - Jade Software, which took its intelligence software developer Wynyard Group public last... more

Living

My Kitchen Rules contestants: Hear us raw

24 Oct 2014 Food & Wine
Fresh from two consecutive MKR People's Choice Challenge wins, Neena and Belinda favour wholesome and earthy flavours and aim to... more

Kiwi comics destroy world record for chart-topping podcast

24 Oct 2014 Lifestyle
  New Zealand comedians Guy Montgomery (Billy T winner, 7 Days) and Tim Batt (Radio Hauraki, 7 Days) have broken the world record... more

Property

Double-digit rate increases loom

24 Oct 2014 Property
Aucklanders living in the ‘hottest suburbs’ could be the big losers, while businesses will come out winners Rate rises... more

Reform of RMA critical to reforming housing affordability

15 Oct 2014 Property
The Resource Management Act needs to explicitly recognise the importance of New Zealanders’ access to more affordable housing... more

Migration

New Zealand Named The Best Place For Raising Children

24 Oct 2014 Migration
New Zealand has been named the best place to raise a child in the Raising Children Abroad annual league table. According to the HSBC... more

Desperate employers keeping overstayers

24 Oct 2014 Migration
Desperate employers seeking to fill job shortages are keeping migrant workers who previously held a work visa in New Zealand... more

Travel

Air New Zealand's GENIUS Hobbit themed safety video

24 Oct 2014 Travel & Tourism
Giving flyers an Unexpected Journey! Elijah Wood and Sir Peter Jackson star in 'epic' Hobbit themed Air New Zealand safety video Air... more

Travel 'interns wanted' to tour 2000km of NZ

24 Oct 2014 Travel & Tourism
Forget a summer internship of fetching coffee and photocopying - a travel company is offering a $30,000, 10-day, 2000km tour of New... more

Sport

Kiwi to play against All Blacks in November Test Series

24 Oct 2014 Rugby
Scotland coach Vern Cotter clears out old guard and makes Grant Gilchrist captain for November Test series No place for Barclay,... more

ActivePost junior cricketers have a go with BLACKCAPS heroes

24 Oct 2014 Cricket
  Hamilton’s youngest cricketers will take their talent to the pitch this long weekend for the ANZ One Day International... more

Columns

At last! Hope for St James Theatre

24 Oct 2014 Opinion By Brian Rudman
After all the delays and stonewalling, the St James finally looks to have a future, even if it’s not clear what it will be Let's... more

Gordon Campbell: tokenism of NZ‘s role against Islamic State

23 Oct 2014 Opinion By Gordon Campbell
Gordon Campbell on the tokenism of New Zealand‘s role against Islamic State Was John Key born lucky or what? Political... more

Kiwi Success

Jim Hickey hangs up his umbrella

24 Oct 2014 People
Veteran weathercaster Jim Hickey has announced his retirement today, saying is was a tough decision. "I feel like I'm subbing off at... more

Corban honoured by Institute of Directors

17 Oct 2014 Appointments
Institute Of Directors Local businessman Brian Corban was made a Distinguished Fellow of the Institute of Directors yesterday, in a... more

Recruitment

UK ambulance service poaches Kiwi paramedics

24 Oct 2014 Recruitment
New Zealand paramedics are being poached by Britain's busiest ambulance service. Interviews were held in Auckland on Friday and... more

NZ job market expected to strengthen - survey

24 Oct 2014 Recruitment
The job market is expected to strengthen and potential employees are increasingly looking at staying in New Zealand for work instead... more