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Three Months To Go!

Monthly Planning Update

The clock is ticking…

Recently Vicky and I hit a mile stone and have less than 90 days before departure.

Trip Planning Metrics


Our budget is going strong and we’re reaching a steady state. Vicky takes in about $1k extra per month and I take in about $2k. We’ve shifted the cadence for reporting this so that it hits the beginning of every month so there is a bit of a lag between May and June, but don’t worry, we haven’t forgotten. There will be another post updating our progress in early July, graphs and all.

We’ve invested in various travel cards such as

  • Citi Thank You Premiere Rewards (Vicky working towards an offer for 50,000 miles)
  • Capital One Venture Card (have earned nearly 100k over last 2 years)
  • Chase Sapphire (we both have opened accounts with 50K bonus points totaling 118K points)

Soon we will use the Capital One Venture Card points to purchase two one-way tickets from JFK to Tokyo (each 56k points, and we’ll pay the difference. We’re going to sum this all up in a post on best travel credit cards near the end of the summer, so stay tuned.


We’re slowly accumulating our travel items, with the next big purchase to be our laptop. We’re strongly considering bringing two computers, one powerful enough to handle our media, and one smaller netbook for simple editing and posting. Vicky has been expanding her wardrobe to include cheap dry-wicking, moisture absorbing fabrics (at the expense of the budget).  We’ll be purchasing a back pack in the next few weeks, any suggestions are more than welcome.


Our Asia route is set in stone…for now, at least. Vicky has also updated the home page map to include expected per person budgets for these countries (hover over the country). Also, Vicky has drafted a brilliant Europe Route which abides by the 90 day Schengen restriction while also allowing us to spend sufficient time in each country. The post will be up soon but for now the countries are indicated on our home page map.


We finally got around to making an appointment at the health clinic at Dave’s office. We’re scheduled to be poked and prodded late next week, and, all of this will be free of charge! We’ll be able to get the following vaccinations there (strike through indicates we are all set):

  • Typhoid
  • Hep A (this comes in 2 doses but we can only get 1 dose at this point)
  • Hep B (this comes in 3 doses)
  • Polio (booster needed)
  • Tuberculosis
  • Tetanus (booster needed)
  • Diphteria (booster needed)

Based on the travel advice from twotravelaholics, the remaining travel vaccinations we will get at the Foxhall Internist Clinic in DC, those being:

  • Yellow Fever
  • Japanese Encephalitis
  • Meningitis

Obviously, during these consultations we will also discuss the prescription medications that we will need to bring with us.


No new updates, unfortunately. We haven’t started the application process for any of our visas yet. Looks like we will need to have the China visa squared away before we go, but as for the others we shall be applying for those when we are abroad.

Travel Insurance

No new updates. We have decided to purchase travel insurance for our trip but have yet to decide on a specific company. From most of the travel bloggers out there it seems like World Nomads is the best choice so we will most likely be purchasing a policy from them.


As you can see we still have a lot to do and even less time than last month. With our September 13th departure date the days are literally counting down (via the counter on our home page). Over the next few months we have to get all our equipment, finalize our routes, and pack up 24 years of stuff.

Most of our major concerns are still unanswered but we are feeling more comfortable in a few areas, such as blogging, which we are relatively new to.

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12 Responses to Three Months To Go!

  1. Make sure you check out STA’s travel insurance. We ended up going with them and didn’t even look into them until the last minute. But we found theirs to be more comprehensive, have better sports/adventure coverage and aligned more overall with what we want. Good luck in these last months!

    Tara June 21, 2012 at 1:03 AM Reply
    • Thanks for the tip! Will be sure to check out the STA insurance! We’re definitely interested in more of a sports/adventure trip than a leisure one so if they have better coverage in that area that could be a good option for us. Hope the beginning of your trip is going well!

      Vicky June 21, 2012 at 10:07 AM Reply
  2. How exciting – only 3 months to go! We went with WorldNomads and thought it was fine — some extreme sports aren’t covered, but a lot of stuff is.

    And if you haven’t done so yet, I’d recommend opening a checking account at a bank that doesn’t charge ATM fees or international transaction fees. Charles Schwab is a good one if you don’t have anything local in your area. Dealing with money was so much easier, as we just used our ATM cards in each new country to withdraw cash in the local currency (and at a good exchange rate) with no fees at all.

    Christy @ Technosyncratic June 22, 2012 at 4:43 PM Reply
    • Thanks for the tips. I still have to do some travel insurance research! I have read that the Charles Schwab checking account doesn’t charge fees so we will definitely be opening up accounts there. Those atm fees and international fees are just killers!

      Vicky June 25, 2012 at 2:22 PM Reply
  3. I second the recommendation for Charles Schwab – we just opened our account 3 weeks ago, and I think it’s going to be really useful: no minimum balances required and all ATM fees reimbursed!

    Wish we had been smart enough to set up two separate Chase Sapphire cards when we signed up back in February, but we both got cards linked to one account. I guess it made it easier for us to hit the $3k spending required to get the 50k points which we put to good use, but you guys definitely did it the smarter way!

    Steph (@ 20 Years Hence) June 26, 2012 at 7:15 PM Reply
    • Good to know Charles Schwab also doesn’t require a minimum balance! Truly sounds like the best debit card for travel – we will definitely be opening an account there. We’ve actually been opening up a ton of credit cards – trying to take advantage of all the different bonuses, though it is starting to get confusing with all the cards!

      Vicky June 30, 2012 at 7:47 PM Reply
  4. You must be getting very excited at this point! Those last 3 months will pass quickly!

    Nomadic Samuel July 2, 2012 at 12:53 AM Reply
    • Terribly excited, but we haven’t had time to take it in because we’ve been too busy trying to work out all the details we have left lol!

      Dave and Vicky July 2, 2012 at 1:25 AM Reply
  5. Exactly the reasons we practice it. We don’t mind traveling during the night time at all and agree it truly is less hassle. Our children have always traveled by doing this, so they are used to it for certain.

    sumon July 15, 2012 at 3:26 AM Reply
  6. Although I’ll never do a typical around the world trip (being married to a non-traveler, I have to keep my trips around the month long mark) I still find reading posts about other people’s preparation fascinating. I can’t wait to read about the journey!

    Erik July 22, 2012 at 10:07 AM Reply
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