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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

Budget

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.

Packing/Purchasing

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.

Route

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.

Vaccinations

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.

Visas

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.

Overall

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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