Travel plans: 6 months until departure
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!
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.
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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