Skip Navigation

I'm gonna be a Nurse!!

Travel Forums Off Topic I'm gonna be a Nurse!!

Page

Last Post

11. Posted by Clarabell (Travel Guru 1696 posts) 10y

How long did it take for you to book it? I've heard you have to book about 6 weeks in advance. Unfortunatly I was hoping to leave in in about 4 weeks.

If I'm gonna get a train all the way to China I'd at least like to have a little time there. The other thing is, I feel if I'm going somewhere as "challenging" as china I'd need a bit more time to think it through and research and prepare.

The thing with the trans-mongolian is, I'm a bit carried away with the romance of it, it sounds so impressive and adventurous....I'd love to have done it. But do I really want to be stuck on a train for a week? Really? Wouldn't I go mad? What if the people you meet are all arseholes, any other travel situation you can just get away from them. Or escape when you get off the bus/train

There's only so many games of sh*thead you can play!

Maybe I'll think of it for when I finish the course. I REALLY want to go to China, but I'm not sure I'm ready to do it next month!

12. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 10y

Clara

For both Russia & China you need a visa - you can post off you passport for your Russian application but with the Chinese visa this needs to be dropped off and picked up in person at the embassy - you are talking about 5 working days for Russia and about 3 working days for China.

Thanks

Heather

13. Posted by road_trip (Full Member 203 posts) 10y

Quoting Clarabell

How long did it take for you to book it? I've heard you have to book about 6 weeks in advance. Unfortunatly I was hoping to leave in in about 4 weeks.

If I'm gonna get a train all the way to China I'd at least like to have a little time there. The other thing is, I feel if I'm going somewhere as "challenging" as china I'd need a bit more time to think it through and research and prepare.

The thing with the trans-mongolian is, I'm a bit carried away with the romance of it, it sounds so impressive and adventurous....I'd love to have done it. But do I really want to be stuck on a train for a week? Really? Wouldn't I go mad? What if the people you meet are all arseholes, any other travel situation you can just get away from them. Or escape when you get off the bus/train

There's only so many games of sh*thead you can play!

Maybe I'll think of it for when I finish the course. I REALLY want to go to China, but I'm not sure I'm ready to do it next month!

4 weeks should be enough time to get it sorted. I'm booking my tickets today and I got my Russian visa back yesterday.

As for being on the train for a week, I didnt really fancy that either. I'm stopping off at Irkutsk, then Ulan-Bator then onto Beijing. So its a bit spread out and allows me to see a bit more of Russia.

For all three tickets (you have to buy separate tickets for each leg of the journey if you stop) it comes to £330 which I think is ok considering I'm using a travel agency to sort it out for me, and the fact I'm travelling 1/3 of the way across the world over land

It's worth thinking about it ;) Perhaps going all the way to Vladivostok, then ferry to japan, then fly back from there? with loads of stops on the train.....;)

14. Posted by Clarabell (Travel Guru 1696 posts) 10y

Still only £330. Blimey thats cheap! How much were the Visas?

15. Posted by road_trip (Full Member 203 posts) 10y

Quoting Clarabell

Still only £330. Blimey thats cheap! How much were the Visas?

The russian visa is £30, plus the invitation letter ~$20, plus special delivery for the passport to and from the embassy (£9). So just over ~£55. Or in my case about £60 because I forgot to put the visa fee in the first time and they sent it back with a post-it note stuck on my passport saying "Visas cost £30". Doh!

16. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 10y

Congrats!!!!
That is awesome news!! :) :)

17. Posted by Clarabell (Travel Guru 1696 posts) 10y

Thanks everyone....

Still not entirely sure if I want to do something as challenging as getting a train to China. I have had such a stressful 6 months it would be lovely to relax a bit before starting such a difficult course. I still think I'll need more time to decide.

18. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 10y

You could always give the travel plans the flick and get a job in an Anne Summer store. That way you could talk to Jase007 and MikeyBoab in person

So where are you going on your travels ...?

19. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 10y

Quoting Clarabell

Still only £330. Blimey thats cheap! How much were the Visas?

The Chinese Visa cost around £30 too plus whatever it costs for you to drop it off and pick it up at the Chinese Embassy (they wont accept postal applications).

20. Posted by Clarabell (Travel Guru 1696 posts) 10y

Quoting james

You could always give the travel plans the flick and get a job in an Anne Summer store. That way you could talk to Jase007 and MikeyBoab in person

So where are you going on your travels ...?

What travel plans?

I am torn between Eastern Europe and China. Will I meet anyone in china alone? I am thinking I'd rather just take the easy option and hang out drinking with all the American college kids in Europe. On the other hand. Europe just doesn't seem exciting/different/adventurous enough.

I really really really want to go to China someday, but even though I survived India alone (loved it), I'm not sure I'm in totally the right state of mind for that kind of thing right now.