Prepping for Long Term Travel: 250 Days to Go!

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With 250 days to go until I board my plane from LA to Bangkok, here’s my to-do list.  I’ve crossed off some big things (i.e. PLANE TICKET!) but still have a lot to do.  Many of these things are an on-going process (route) and many can’t be done until closer, but it’s exciting to see them get checked off as I complete them.

GENERAL PLANNING

Let’s be serious, this is the fun stuff.

Create rough route.
Explore Travel Insurance Options & select/purchase policy.
New Passport.
Research visas for all possible countries.
Apply for Visas that must get ahead of time.
Get passport photos taken for VISA’s (have several printed).
Get  international drivers licenses.
Create packing list.
Research volunteer opportunities.
Research WWOOF opportunities.

TECHNOLOGY
Set up Skype accounts for family members.
Scan all documents into digital format and save to email.
Unlock iPhone.
Sign up for an online backup plan.
MINIMALIZING MY LIFE
This is the liberating stuff.  
Move out of apartment.
Sell everything via different methods. (Almost everything is gone now)
Have a second garage sale in the spring. (Set for March 8th!)
Donate remaining things.
Sell 4Runner.
MEDICAL
Get immunizations needed.
Get necessary prescriptions.
Dentist appointment.
FINANCIAL
Create a budget and savings plan.
Sign up for Charles Schwab account.
Cancel un-necessary credit cards.
Add Mom to all accounts.
TO BUY
Once I start making my packing list, I’ll be adding to this.
Macbook Pro (see about replacing cracked screen on current one first).
Backpack.
Couple External Hard Drives.
GoPro.
Plane Ticket.
Camera remote, tripod, extra battery.
MISCELLANEOUS
Cancel cell phone (before leaving).
Notify bank and credit card accounts of travel plans.
Cancel or change car insurance plan.
Tell Family.
Tell Work.
Set up blog/SM accounts.
Order business cards.
Get my ass in shape/get my knee stronger post surgery.
Things are slowly being crossed off my to-do list.  I bought my plane ticket, backpack and some camera gear.  I also told my family and work about my plans.  With that though, I’ve also added things to my list.
What else am I missing?  

Ashley is the mastermind behind A Southern Gypsy, a travel blog focused adventure, outdoors, wildlife and Vegan food! In between bigger trips, she is delivering the best of her hometown, Nashville. Hates mustard & pickles. Needs coffee to function. Other passions | activism, minimalism, zero waste, books + writing.

14 Comments

  1. Syd

    February 25, 2014 at 4:46 PM

    What a list, yikes! On the bright side, some of these things take like five minutes–you can get an international drivers license at AAA for like 8 dollars, easy peasy. Or you could probably just NOT get one because I’ve never had anyone ask me for one, either renting or buying a car abroad. And canceling your phone will be easy…So, it’s not all hard!

    • Ashley Hubbard

      February 26, 2014 at 7:59 AM

      Haha I know…sad thing is, this definitely isn’t all of it. I figure I probably won’t need the license but i’d rather have it just in case.

  2. SJ @ Chasing the Donkey

    February 26, 2014 at 7:02 PM

    250? Man, thats so close now! Telling family and work.. yahooo what a huge bih tick.

  3. Sammi

    February 27, 2014 at 4:06 AM

    I have countdowns on my phone til the dates I travel and get super excited when I hit a milestone like that 🙂

    • Ashley Hubbard

      February 27, 2014 at 7:49 AM

      I love countdowns…anticipation is half the fun!

  4. Christa Thompson

    February 27, 2014 at 3:50 PM

    How exciting is this??!!! I personally love the “add mom to all accounts” task. LMAO I can see my son adding this to his list one day x

    • Ashley Hubbard

      February 27, 2014 at 3:53 PM

      haha it’s scary giving someone else full access but probably pretty smart too!

  5. Michele

    March 3, 2014 at 5:58 AM

    How exciting, I remember the coundown for our travels it went so slowly but so fast. Looks like you have everything covered and I am sure it will all come together.

    • Ashley Hubbard

      March 3, 2014 at 10:08 PM

      Thanks Michele! I feel like it’s going by both fast and slow as well 🙂

  6. Yana

    March 5, 2014 at 11:39 AM

    WOW! And today it’s 243 already…. It sounds super fun and inspiring…I should get mine updated (once it was 700 days, and I didn’t have my blog to post it to! now it’s 269 🙂
    Maybe i’ll go two weeks earlier and that way we’ll go together? 😉

    • Ashley Hubbard

      March 5, 2014 at 10:49 PM

      That’s awesome Yana! Where are you headed to?

  7. Lisa

    March 6, 2014 at 8:31 AM

    Exciting! You are right, that list is the fun stuff!

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