4 months before you leave for long term travel -Hacking Parenthood

4 months before you leave for long-term travel -Hacking Parenthood

4 months before you leave for long-term travel -Hacking Parenthood4 months before you leave. 

This is the time to plan the trip or at least the first part of the trip. We are wanting to be very flexible in our travels.

Book your tickets for things that you are definitely going to do. For instance, flights for your first part of the journey. Booking them soon can save money later as the closer you get to the time you need the tickets, the more expensive they get.

Before booking tickets, you have to make sure all your passports are up to date. They need to have enough time on them for the length of your journey.

Time to start thinking about selling what you don’t need. Think about the things you want to keep and not. Whether it is better selling things off than putting it in storage.

We want to minimalise our storage so will be selling off as much as possible.

Stop spending. This should really have been done the minute you realised you wanted to travel. Many people accomplish that. With 4 months left, it’s the last stretch. So no coffees at coffee shops, no dinners at restaurants, no buying things for the house. Get the fun of selling rather than spending. 

Start minimising your toiletries. Research ways in which you can use fewer toiletries. Maybe start changing you products to things that are easy to come by in other countries. For instance, I use coconut oil as a body lotion and facial cream. This is a product I know I will be able to find in other countries.

Think about whether you need all that makeup. We are so used to covering up our faces that we don’t really know what’s normal anymore. It’s really normal to have an uneven skin tone or a few spots on your face. These are normal things that happen. Maybe if we stop covering up we can start accepting ourselves and others rather than judging. this also helps us use less makeup which is always a bonus.

Resources like Facebook groups and Pinterest are great ways to get some much-needed information to start you on your journey.

Research research research. Find out everything you can about the places you are going. What you need and where are the best places to go. Resources like Facebook groups and Pinterest are great ways to get some much-needed information to start you on your journey.

Start cutting down your wardrobe. You don’t really want to be carrying around a massive suitcase full of clothes. This is your chance to have a massive sort out. Looking into capsule wardrobes can help you get an idea of what it means to have less clothing.

Research railcards, travel insurance and also the kit you are going to need when travelling.

Lastly, start telling friends and family. You would have already started telling family and some friends but knows the time to let people know of your plans.

Things start to feel a little surreal when you are about to leave, 4 months is not that long to go so use the time well. You have lots of things to plan. Things are exciting and scary and happy and sad. You will feel so many emotions and this is so normal. Just go with it. Good luck and have fun doing your preparations.