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Old 18-06-2020, 07:24 PM   #1
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Singapore to London Overland 16/17

Hope all of you are doing ok during this difficult period.
And hope the situation becomes safer soon in the near future so that we can all travel again.

During this CB period, I used my spare time to start a Youtube channel and document my 2016/17 trip from SG to London.
This journey was split into 2 parts, late 2016 and late 2017.

I started this trip on a spontaneous decision, never really did expect to see it through.
But I was quite glad to have completed such a journey.

Old information
Take note that ticket costs / train schedules in the videos may be outdated.
Check seat61.com for more updated info.

Costs

Total cost (estimated) about 7-8k.
Including
- $500 Pacsafe backpack 65L
- $120+ Uniqlo down jacket
- $200+ Russian visa
So if I had existing travel equipment, cost can be lesser.
My cost can also be lesser if I didn't take the flight back from Hanoi and then fly there again.

Recommended basic packing list
In addition to packing your clothes/chargers, I recommend the following as well:

- 2x copies of travel documents / insurance (keep 1 copy in backpack and 1 copy in hand carry bag)
- Clothes drying line (just get from daiso) - for emergencies when your hostel has no drying machine and no where to hang your clothes.
- Vacuum flask (for winter train travel)
- Lock (for hostel cabinet)
- Water-proofed leather shoes with fur inside (Winter travel / can buy in China, cheap and good)
- Wool socks (for winter)
- a book (to read on the train) or e-book
- a small blade/folding scissors (do not bring a big swiss army blade, or it will be confiscated at the China rail stations security checks).

I did this journey in winter season, so I packed for both summer and winter climate, because Southeast Asia is still hot af.

Visa things to note
*pending more updates
- Russian visa

- Take note that Sg passport is permitted to stay in Thailand for up to 30 days, if entering via airport.
But if you enter via a land border into Thailand, your Sg passport only permit up to 15 days.
So take that into account when you plan for itinerary in Thailand. I was caught by surprise, but lucky I didn't need more than 15 days in Thailand.

- Schengen Area
The Schengen Area covers 26 countries in Europe without border controls between them. For SG passport, we do not need a visa to enter the Schengen Area (no more than 90 days). So you can enter one of the countries and exit the area from another country.

Take note some EU countries are not part of Schengen Area.


Booking of tickets/accommodation

You can pre-book everything, but I didn't because I wanted more flexibility.
Plus you never know when stuff might happen and it will be difficult to get refunds.

My SOP
- In city A -> Book next city's (B) accommodation.
- Reach city B -> Book travel ticket to City (C)
- While in city B -> Book next city's (C) accommodation

Take note that it is cheaper to pre-book early in advance.
Especially for train tickets in Europe / Russia
It is more expensive to book a train ticket for next week, compared to booking 1-2 months back.
But again, I want the flexibility, so I have to pay more.

Also take note of peak / off-peak seasons.
Peak seasons are anytime when the weather is pleasant, aka, Spring/Summer/Autumn.
From online research, it is more likely for accommodations and train tickets to be fully booked during the peak seasons, so maybe it's better to pre-book (I have no experience in peak season, it's just my guess).
I traveled during the winter season (Off-peak season), so it probably made it easier for me to take some risks and not pre-book tickets.

When I was in Europe (mid-Dec, pre-Christmas), many accommodations in my "saved lists" became unavailable while I was in the prior city. So it would be best for you to add more accommodations to your saved lists before starting the journey.

UK Immigration Control
At the border control, the customs officer asked me many questions.
The more impt ones are as follow:
"Why are you visiting UK?"
"Do you have insurance?" (showed him my insurance printout)
"Do you have outgoing ticket/flight booked?" (heng ah, lucky I booked my flight ticket back to SG, showed him my e-ticket)


Crossing Timezones in Siberia


Scams / Safety

Google and internet is your best friend.
I always google on the move, to find out what are the ongoing/latest scams /cons in the next city.
This is to keep me on my toes and not get carried away.
It only takes one incident to ruin the trip.

If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
I've had to learn some costly lessons, before I learnt to trust my gut instincts (still learning!).

A taxi driver taking you to a tourist place, but "helpfully" informs you that the ticket booth is closing and he has lobang for tickets? Nope, nada, no thanks.
Just bring me there and I will find out for myself if the ticket booths are closed.

A random person coming up to you and asks for signature for a petition?
No please, go away, don't even walk near me.

I understand, some people likes to embrace the YOLO, live in the moment kind of spontaneous, meeting random strangers in the streets and have a blast.
But maybe I'm old fashioned. I just wanna play safe.

It also helps to have a resting bitch face, and also wear low-profile inconspicuous clothing. Wear a cheap Casio watch and leave your expensive watch behind.


Things I should have done
- try the Omul fish in Listvyanka
- take more videos (now have to painstakingly compile photos into videos)
- keep a journal (lucky have many photos to jog my memory)

How did I make the red line / train icon route on the map?
I used a free software call "Route Generator".
Google it and it should be on the first page.
Download is straightforward and it is pretty easy to use.
The software has a standard set of icons, but you can google for free license icons and upload it to the software.

I hope this is informative and entertaining to you, for those of you who have dreamed of or are planning for similar journeys.

At the moment, I am still compiling the photos and videos, so the series is not completed yet.

If you have any questions regarding planning, or the trip, just ask me, I will try to answer















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Wow thanks for sharing.

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Updated with Part 5
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Old 27-06-2020, 12:28 PM   #6
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need to keep it coming faster!
Thank chiu for your support!

Stitching photos and manually adjusting panning is quite time consuming

Pls learn from my mistake, take lots of photos, but also take lots of VIDEOS!!
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interesting and full of content. can i ask what you are using to edit video?
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Old 03-07-2020, 04:25 AM   #8
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Incredible journey. I have a couple of questions :
- can share what kind of backpack/bags you carried
- for small change as you enter each country, do you go straight to the money exchange?
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interesting and full of content. can i ask what you are using to edit video?
Thanks!
I used ShotCut for the video editing.
It's free but there are some bugs when exporting the video.
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Incredible journey. I have a couple of questions :
- can share what kind of backpack/bags you carried
- for small change as you enter each country, do you go straight to the money exchange?
Thanks! Hope it's informative and entertaining for you

- I used the Pacsafe 65L

- I carried some small change in the major currencies, so that I didn't have to go immediately to the money exchange when I enter the country.
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Wow nice to watch
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Thanks! Hope it's informative and entertaining for you

- I used the Pacsafe 65L

- I carried some small change in the major currencies, so that I didn't have to go immediately to the money exchange when I enter the country.
Oh, I have the Pacsafe 45L
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Oh, I have the Pacsafe 45L
I actually wanted to get the 55L, but it wasn't available.
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