Here we are with two months (well, two and a half) until we leave for our year long trip. Yes, we’re really still doing it! With so little time left, and a very long to-do list we have been spending all our spare time preparing.
Here’s what we’ve managed to do so far:
- Bought our trailer – a 22’ Jayco Jayfeather travel trailer. I’ve been busy fixing it up—painting the walls white, laying down a new floor, putting up backspash, and covering the cushions. More on all these renovations later.
- Bought our tow vehicle – a used Chevy Silverado 1500. Unfortunately we’ve been having a few issues with the truck, so we’ve got to get that taken care of ASAP.
- Bought solar panels. We decided that investing in solar was a better choice for us than a generator. There will be quite a bit of boondocking on our trip (i.e. camping without hookups) so we needed something. We bought the Windy Nation 400w kit and now need to set it up and invest in a battery bank. More to come on this in a future post.
- Contacted a property management company. We are going to be renting out our house while we are gone. We’ve been asking around for recommendations, and have been in contact with a couple companies, but haven’t signed a contract yet.
- Fixing up the house. Seeing as how we are renting out our house, we have to get it in good rentable shape. We’ve always preferred to spend our weekends mountain biking rather than working on house projects, so there is quite a bit to do. Yikes!
- Made campground reservations. There are quite a few places we are going to early on in our trip that are tough to get reservations for, so we’ve already made them. Once school has started and summer is over, we are hoping it will be easier to get camp spots without reservations and we will have more flexibility to travel spontaneously.
- Sold our stuff. We are putting most of our things in storage while we are gone, but we also have a lot of stuff that we just don’t need. We’ve been selling things online, giving it away, and donating. We still have quite a bit more work to do. If we can find the time, we’ll probably have a garage sale as well.
What we still have to do:
- Wrap up all the half-done things mentioned above: finish the trailer reno, finish house projects, hire a property management company, sell our stuff, etc.
- Figure out our mobile internet. We are going to be working while we travel, so need good mobile internet. We’ve been doing a lot of research, but haven’t signed any contracts yet.
- Health insurance. Because we are both leaving our corporate insurance plans, we have to find new insurance. I am leaning toward joining a Christian Health Ministry, but this is still a bit up in the air as well.
- Test out our trailer setup. Once we’ve finished fixing up the trailer, installing our solar panels, installing our weight distribution hitch, etc. we need to actually take a test trip or two to make sure everything actually works.
- Pack up the house and put everything in storage. Obviously, we won’t be able to do this until a week or two before we leave.
How We’re Feeling
With so much done, and so much left to do, we (or at least I) have been on a bit of an emotional roller-coaster. I tend to have an anxious personality anyhow, so an upheaval of this magnitude is guaranteed to cause me stress.
Balancing the fear and the overwhelm, is also the excitement of knowing that we are about to embark on the biggest adventure of our lives. We’ve had a few years to plan and reflect on this decision, and when I have the time to sit quietly, I feel confident that we are making the right decision by following our dreams.
Little P is excited about the trip, and I am looking forward to spending more time (lots more time!) with him and also with Blair. In our day-to-day lives at home, we spend most of our time at the office and at preschool and spend very little time actually all together.
With that in mind, we’ll continue to power through these next couple of months, knowing that it will pay off on in the end, and that we’ll be on the road soon!