We get asked SO many questions whenever we tell people what we’re doing so we thought it would be fun to include a selection:
What are you doing about jobs?
I am taking a career break, and am due back on 1 July 2024; Joey was working a Fixed Term Contract which is due to finish on 31st March, so will just look for another job when we get back.
But you’ve just bought a house! What are you doing about that?
We’re letting it out – this will cover our mortgage and the majority of the storage costs.
So what are you doing with all your belongings?
Some things will be stored at Joey’s parents. Some bulky furniture and kitchen stuff is being put into storage and we’re giving some bulky furniture to charity.
How much is this costing you and how are funding it?
We’re planning on a budget of £50 each per day. Obviously some days we will spend less and some more. We have spent over 3 years saving for this trip – we were mortgage free for most of that time and we saved every penny we could. Our mortgage costs will be paid for by letting our house out.
How do you keep to your budget?
We use a travel budget app which we use to track all our expenses. We will cook ourselves where we can, choose reasonably priced accommodation, limit the alcohol we drink 😦 use public transport, taking overnight options where we can and they don’t arrive at 3am. We try and eat and travel like a local so we don’t eat out in swanky restaurants or every night. We’re happy to eat on the street and flag local buses down. We will walk for 30 minutes plus in 30 degree heat with our backpacks on rather than pay £2 for a tuk tuk!
How are you travelling around?
The majority of time will be overland and we want to travel as much as we can overland using public transport but we will take flights where necessary.
What happens if you need to come home?
Then we will come home! See Covid 2020 for an example of this 🙂
How much luggage are you taking with you?
I’m taking a 40 litre bag and Joey has 60 litres. This is all we have! We’re taking enough clothes for 5/6 days. Other countries have washing machines so we will use them or do hand washing.
Are you taking disposable underwear?
NO. As above – washing machines are not exclusive to the UK.
What happens if it’s cold where you are?
Layers are your friend – a pair of leggings under a pair of trousers will be fine and I’m taking a shirt. We’ll be fine. They also have shops abroad.
Are you staying in hostels?
Yes- hostels will be part of our accommodation options. Even dorms! We’ll stay in a mix of hostels (some private rooms, some dorms), guesthouses, apartments, air bnbs, hotels etc. We’ll aim to get the most for our money but we’ll not stay in complete dives (hopefully).
How do you decide where you’re going?
We read a lot of travel books, watch vlogs, read blogs but our main source of information is probably Lonely Planet! Once we’re away we’ll talk to people and find out about places along the way. We generally have an idea of a rough route but often change as we’re going along.
Where are you flying to first?
We’re not flying! At the moment we don’t have any flights booked. We’re catching the Eurostar and our first stop is Bruges.
Are you working whilst you’re away?
No. We want to enjoy the experience as much as we can. Our work will be this blog 🙂
How will you keep connected?
Back in the dark ages of 2014 we solely relied on wifi and books. These days it’s very easy to pick up local SIM cards very cheaply, for example a month’s SIM card with unlimited data in Thailand costs less than £10.
What about Christmas?!
We actually have our plans for Christmas sorted! Joey’s birthday is 2 days before Christmas and we usually end up travelling on his birthday. Not this time though! We will be in Thailand, on our favourite beach. We have booked 10 days there and all being well Joey’s parents will be there and his brother and family will also join us for a few days.
Do you have any questions for us? Stick them in the comments below!
Hey guys so lovely to read the start of one of many reads of your stories as you begin your new adventures.
I truly hope you both have a fantastic time and look forward to when I can hear all about them face to face when you return.
Enjoy yourselves and look after each other at all times.
Take care and be safe. 👍
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