Preparing for a Trip Around the World #WorkBetterWithFellowes5:54 PM
Filing for Passports
Getting Travel Vaccines
Checking in With the Bank
When I went to pick up the money order for the passports, I took the opportunity to speak with the bank about my options for international travel. I have been assured that my debit card should work overseas in most locations and the first 4 debits each month are free from foreign ATM's, but I will be carrying another debit card from a separate bank as well as a credit card with me as well as other options. I can think of nothing worse than being stuck in a foreign country with four boys and no money. I am debating getting a prepaid travel debit card that can be reloaded online that is a VISA card, since my bank cards are all Mastercards and I want a range of options just in case. Plus, that card would be guaranteed to work in foreign ATM's.
Learning a Foreign Language
I know it might sound silly and it definitely is not a requirement, but I have started to learn French. If I have enough time, I would also like to touch up on my Spanish before we leave. The reality is that I will not become fluent in a foreign language before we leave, but knowing the basics to communicate when we are in need could come in quite handy.
Settling Our Affairs at Home
Unlike most other full-time travel bloggers, I am not selling everything I own to head out on the road. I will still maintain my home and all of my normal monthly bills while we are gone, but there are still a lot of things to get in order. One of my biggest pitfalls in organization is paperwork. I keep it all and stash it away in various areas around the home. Luckily, this year, I have had the Fellowes 79Ci Shredder to help me power through the clutter. It is 100% jam-proof and powers through tough jobs, like the hoards of school papers from lessons that took place years ago for the boys and no longer need to be saved. The heavy duty blades can power through 16 sheets of paper at once, and even tackle staples!
Deciding What to Pack
Right now, we are at this phase in our preparation for our trip. In addition to locating a curriculum for home school that would work on the road without a ton of books to lug around, we are having to decide what the necessities are to bring with us. Each of us will just have one small carry on size roller bag to carry our belongings in, and we will have three backpacks holding our electronics and other items that we don't ever want checked at airports. Figuring out what will fit and what should be left at home is something we are still working on.
In the end, I am super excited to be getting organized and heading out around the world with the boys, but we still have a long way to go in preparing for our trip in just a few short months. Do you have any tips for preparing for long term travel?