Travel plans: 6 months until departure

Travel Plans: 6 months to go

So, today it’s exactly 6 months until we travel with our one-way ticket, not knowing exactly when we’ll return to the UK. As you know, our plan is to travel long-term – probably until our money has completely dwindled away.

Update October 2017: Since writing this, our plans have changed. For various reasons, this didn’t happen. Find out why here.

I’ll write these monthly updates for the next 5-6 months until we actually leave! We’ve still got quite a lot to do, we’re obviously still living in our rented flat, still going to work and still saving as much money as possible.

So, what have we done so far to prepare for our adventures? 



Reduced our unnecessary possessions

We actually started this months ago, before Christmas in fact. However, I have since made a large dent in the unwanted clutter in the numerous drawers and wardrobes around the edge of my massive bedroom.

Most of the clothes I’ve gotten rid of haven’t been worn for at least a year. Two large bags went to the charity shop and a few select items have gone on eBay, gumtree and Facebook buy & sell groups.

(Side note: Mini rant about why I don’t like selling on eBay. Scroll past this if it doesn’t interest you and you only want to read about travel stuff!)

It’s tedious listing lots of different items

Even with the app it takes too long, items sell better if they have high quality images and thoughtful, detailed descriptions. After the third or fourth item I’ve carefully listed I get fed up. It’s tedious and repetitive and not necessarily worth it for a 99p listing.

The fees make selling low-value items hardly worth it at all

In January, I sold 14 items and the total cost (excluding postage) of them all was £32.20. In February I then paid fees of £7.31 meaning I only got £25-ish for those 14 items. That’s about £1.78 per item which, in my view is barely worth all the hard work of listing, photographing and packaging.

Postage costs are too high

I know the buyer pays postage, I would love to offer free postage but it’s almost £3 for a second class small parcel now and the price is getting higher. As a buyer, I probably wouldn’t pay £3 postage for a £2.20 top. I feel as if it’s as barely worth it for them as it is for me.

Buyers aren’t always very nice

I’ve had people complain at me for things which are not my fault, such as them being out for the delivery, or the outside of the package being wet from the rain.

 

 

 

Seriously, ain’t nobody got time for that!

Booking our flight

That’s right – flight is booked! We’re flying to Bangkok to start our adventures and it wasn’t as expensive as we were expecting.

We’re not going to plan in too much detail beyond the first few days as we want to be flexible with our plans, in case something incredible happens!

Flat viewings

There are new tenants moving into our flat Mid-July. They’re students. We live fairly close to the university and students often find their next-year-homes quite early in the year. The first couple who viewed the place paid the deposit on the day and signed the contract. We’re probably selling some furniture to them too.

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Saving money for travel…

It’s been challenging to save money throughout February and March as Alex left his job and started a new job – unfortunately there was a week in between where he was unpaid which couldn’t be helped. I’ve been lucky and I’ve somehow managed to save more than I expected in March (probably something to do with fewer bills this month because the Council Tax and water is paid over 10 months and not 12 – making February & March sort-of… “free”)

…and spending it!

Yeah, apart from saving we’ve been spending as well. We’ve got a new camera, which we will be taking with us and using when we’re travelling. We have a Go Pro Hero 5 Black and a few Go Pro accessories and decent SD cards for it.

We’ve wanted to buy a Go Pro for ages but wouldn’t have had the chance to use it to its full potential. It’s so small, light and easy to use; it’s used by many travellers all over the world as the best action camera for consumers.

It was pricey but worth it.

Finding suitable luggage

Both Alex and I now have good luggage which we’ll be taking with us on our adventures. I’ll be writing about this in more detail soon because – if you’re going to be living out of a bag for over a year then it needs to be a damn good bag! I have a new 55l bag and Alex has a 50l bag.


So that’s it for this monthly update – next month it will be 5 months until we leave! We should have finished our plan for which order we’ll be visiting different countries in. We’ve also got so much more to sort out…

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43 comments

  • I can’t wait to read more about your trip! Let the countdown begin!

  • 6 months – oh goodness! I still remember when, 15 years ago, I booked my 1 way ticket to the UK from Scandinavia and I’m still on that journey. Enjoy every minute!
    Katja xxx
    http://www.katnapped.com

  • Hope you can also visit Philippines on your next travel. We have great beaches here.
    Nice preparation tips. I agree to everything

  • Yay! Let the countdown begin. I can’t wait to follow along on your adventure.

  • I mostly use accessories and batteries for my gopro not made by them. There are so many other seller at a lot cheaper price 😉

    • Hi Viki, yeah our GoPro accessories are ‘unofficial’ too but they do an excellent job. Just ordered spare batteries too! Thanks for reading and commenting 🙂

  • You’re doing so wonderful! I’m sure you’ll have a great time! I can’t wait to read about your adventures.

  • I’m excited to hear how this trip goes! I wish I could book a one way ticket, maybe when my daughter is a little older!

    • Bring your daughter with you – it would be a great experience for her! But you’re right, probably best to wait until she’s old enough to enjoy it properly. Thank you for reading and commenting 🙂

  • What an exciting adventure! Good luck with your preparations and soon-to-come travel!

  • Wow that is amazing that in six months you will be off to Bangkok! I can’t wait to hear more about your travels and it is amazing that your flat has been sorted out already!

  • How fun, one of the best things you can do in life is to travel and to do it with someone. Sounds like such an adventure to buy a one way ticket and see where life takes you, can’t wait to see your trip.

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  • Sounds like it’s going to be an amazing trip. I love the idea of leaving with no particular return date in mind. I know that it’s probably a thing of the past for me, at least until my daughter is grown but it sounds marvelous.

  • I definitely admire your adventurous plan and look forward to following along on your travels! You’re going to have an amazing time and make memories that will last a lifetime!

  • such a brilliantly insightful post filled with golden nuggets for travel. thank you!

  • Your journey is going to be amazing, all this prep work will be worth it.
    I am moving soon and i have been decluttering. It’s amazing how much junk we store!

  • Nice post !!! I can’t wait to read more about your trip! Let the countdown begin!

  • I’ve wondered about the profit in selling low value items. I hate the idea of throwing away money by getting rid of smaller things, either by throwing them away or donating them, but then I can’t imagine that after all is said and done, the time photographing, listing and then shipping or meeting someone to transfer the items seems like way more work than it would be work. Bummer.

    • Exactly, it feels as though you don’t get paid for your time when it comes to eBay. It’s just not worth it so I’ve started selling items in bulk on there instead! Thank your for reading 🙂

  • It’s still a long way down but I imagine how excited and nervous you might feel. Buying a one way ticket without any plans of when to return is quite an adventure! I can’t wait to read the posts!

  • I hope you guys have a lot of fun. There’s still plenty of time to plan but you can’t really tell what’s going to happen. It’s going to be exciting!

  • Wow! Traveling for over a year! That’s Aaaa-MAZING! I wish I could do that. I have pets that I couldn’t part with. Maybe one day!

  • So exciting! Me and my boyfriend keep thinking about it. It would be so nice to take a break, travel and enjoy the life!

  • Awesome, sounds like you guys are in for a wild ride! In 2015, we sold our house and went travelling with our 4 kids and it was the best time of our lives! Back home in the UK for a bit now!
    Good luck!

    • Hi Azlin, sounds like you had an incredible time and I’m sure the children had amazing experiences too. Thank you for leaving a comment 🙂

  • We leave in 5 months and are flying to Bangkok too. We are in the same position with almost everything except we own the house and need to rent it out. That is proving to be the hardest part so far!

    • That’s awesome – you’re going a month earlier than us so I’m jealous! Good luck finding tenants for your place.. thank you for reading 🙂

  • Oh wow, what an exciting time you have planned! I hope to read more of your posts when you start travelling!

  • Sounds like fun. Can’t wait to hear more about your adventures.

  • Wow! Travel goal it is! I’m interested to follow your journey, coz my husband David and I are interested in doing this as well. I hope that we will see you guys on the road. I will surely follow your journey.

  • Just come across your blog and I’m so excited for you!! Got a feeling I’m going to be planning a big trip one of these days… All of these mini breaks are leaving me with itchy feet…
    Lorna (www.thedaychaser.com)

    • Hi Lorna, thanks for stopping by! That’s why I’m going for one mega epic adventure, mini-breaks are over too fast and when I get back I don’t even feel like I’ve had a break! Long-term is the way forward 🙂

  • blair villanueva

    Wow this is a life changing experience for you, and I would like to commend that you are so brave 🙂
    I’m excited to read more of your travel adventures, goodluck!