Taking care of business..

 

A sprinkling on the parade

Sure, traveling is great, even life-changing. You’ve seen all the photos on Instagram and the like. What’s less appealing, however, are the months of logistics and planning that go into an endeavor like this. For the naysayers and the jealous, this will bring you some joy:

  • Changing phone numbers
  • Updating addresses
  • Vaccinations (giddy up, guinea pig)
  • Unlocking phones
  • Reorganizing investments
  • Resigning from your job (this isn’t hard – not getting paid is the tricky part)
  • Unemployment insurance
  • Travel insurance (almost 30 years of treating your body as a temple will not be reflected in your premium)
  • Moving all your junk (you have more than you think)
  • Get local currencies & USD
  • Get travel backpacks & laptops
  • Get international driver’s licenses
  • Pack all your belongings in an organized manner and at a weight of no greater than 20kg
  • Get entrance VISAs
  • Get passport photos taken, copied, and cut to size
  • Book flights
  • Figure out where to go and the most cost effective route
  • Record all the details and pertinent information so you don’t forget everything
  • Figure out how to budget and estimate total cost
  • Try to figure out Japan’s train system
  • Give up trying to figure out Japan’s train system
  • Spend miserable hours inputting costs into a macro-enabled spreadsheet that causes you a fiery hatred towards data entry
  • Remain cheery; be confident; yes, your love for noodles will make this worthwhile

There’s significantly more than that but you get the concept..

The silver lining: going away also forced us to make a real effort to see the important people in our lives and do some our favourite things!

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More to come..

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