Part of me wants to just pack a bag and GO! Pack and bag and not look back.
The other part of me wants to hold on to the last of these ‘carefree’ days.
Why am I stressed when I’m about to travel the world?
The List. (Yes, I’m capitalizing it because it deserves to be!) The List of stuff we need to tackle.
The problem is this: We’re a family who is settled. Not as settled as we were four years ago in Texas. But, when you stay in one place for three years, you find yourself, well, settling in.
When we left Texas in 2013, we purged a LOT. We were paying for the move from Texas to Australia ourselves. It wasn’t a cheap move by any stretch. Anything we could do to keep those expenses down, we did. We got rid of a LOT. We looked at every single thing questioning whether we needed that item of not.
Turns out we didn’t do that thoroughly enough. We still have items in boxes stored in the garage from that move from Texas.
Still, that’s irrelevant, because we’re about to go through that process all over again. This time it will be brutal. Those items in boxes will most likely be the first to go. (Anyone looking for a beautiful, large silver mirror from Crate & Barrel?!)
We need to figure out what to sell or giveaway in order to travel full time. The List is gargantuan.
Part of the equation we need to consider is Natalie. She’ll need some stuff for University next year so she will get first pick of the lot.
We are selling as much as we can for travel money. We’ll donate everything else, storing only the absolutes, so that we can travel full time next year.
That’s no small feat.
Being the Project Manager that I once was, ‘The List’ has been started.
At certain moments, I’ve had ‘oh shit’ moments when I look at The List. I can’t express these verbally without freaking out the family, yet I have to admit, it’s a bit much at times.
The List has everything we need to do to prepare for our (re) Discover Australia and the World.
The list is added to, every single day (at least it feels that way!) Stuff we keep thinking of, stuff we don’t want to forget, stuff we think we may need to be concerned about but probably won’t be (I can only hope!).
We know that Natalie will be starting University in February next year. That means that we need to time the end of our lease to just after that, so we can be here while she settles.
Our plan is to stay in Australia for the remainder for 2017 so that if Nat does need us in that first year, we’ll be able to get to her quickly. We don’t want to be hiking the Camino de Santiago if she has a first year meltdown! (Not that I anticipate that happening, but you get the idea…)
What to Keep (ie. our travel stuff and what Nat will need).
What to Buy for our full time travels? (ie. packs to hike the Camino).
What to Store? (ie. absolute sentimental items (ie. Family photos that we simply can’t let go of).
What to Sell (everything else?) and then determine where we can sell it.
What to Give Away (i.e. anything we can’t sell days before leaving!)
We need to sell our car and buy our road-trip solution. Anyone looking for slightly used, low kilometre Ford Kuga? We’re already on the scout for a solution. Check out our posts planes, trains and automobiles post and campervan posts. Right now, we’re still tossing up between a campervan and a AWD/Camper Trailer solution. (We like to take off-the-track roads now and again to see ‘what’s up there?’)
This is a big conundrum for any Digital Nomad. There are so many factors to consider:
How do we manage our finances here in Australia with no fixed address?
Are there any financial restrictions and taxes we need to consider? What are the right credit cards to travel with?
Where do we get medical insurance once we leave Australia?
Do we need immunizations for our intended travels?
Not to sound morbid, but we need to make sure our wills are up to date. Shit happens.
We need to set up a power of Attorney before we leave for any emergencies.
We need to make sure that Natalie has all of the documentation she needs to start her own life adventure.