We’ve been writing up a storm

Check out our official travel blog at www.wellytotheworld.com and check out our two most recent blog posts on asking “Have we done the right thing” and nailing our goals:

http://wellytotheworld.com/done-the-right-thing/

and

http://wellytotheworld.com/goals-how-we-nail-ours-and-tips-for-achieving-your-own/

We leave NZ on Monday – just one more weekend to go.

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Renting out the house

Andrew and I were lucky enough to find our own little slice of New Zealand 4 years ago. We purchased the house without any dramas and have since had a wonderful time here (less the time that it got broken into by some punk-assed kid who stole a bunch of our worldly possessions, but thats another story and its old news now!). We’ve extended the deck, added a shed, painted the fence and added an attic during our time but now we’ve had to decide what to do with it while we go away.

The property market in Wellington, and the rest of the country, has been nuts, and we are confident we could probably sell up and make a good return on investment. That feels like a good idea now, and seeing a whole pile of cash in our bank would feel good, but it would make it really hard when we decide to return to NZ and have nothing. So, we’re going to make the most of the busy rental market and get some tenants in.

After a bit of research and some phonecalls and visits we settled on a company called ‘manage my property’. The team have been super helpful and answered all our questions. Last week they stopped by at the house to take some photos then they put the listing up on Trade Me. Within the first hour we had 60 views.

tawa-listing

Yesterday we had two couples come through the house to check it out and hopefully at least one of them will apply and get through the process. If so, it could mean we’re out of our house as soon as next weekend!!

Moving out of the house will really signal the next milestone on our journey to overseas. The prospect is so exciting!

Saying goodbyes, part i

Despite it being a full on 45 days until we leave I had to say my first set of goodbyes yesterday, and it was sad!

After 3 years at my crossfit box, I did my very last WOD yesterday with some of my favourite athletes. We did a tech session and worked exclusively on our clean and jerk (one of my favs…). I hit a max at 55kgs and failed an attempt at 60kgs. It felt so good!

I posted my last little goodbye speech in the facebook group and got lots of love back which is fab. We’re all going out for a meal next weekend to say proper goodbyes. It will be weird seeing everyone out of their lululemon, adidias and nike gear.

So, one down, a few more to go.

 

Mondays will never be the same again

Well…..thats not entirely true.

The next 5 Mondays we still have to turn up to work.

The Monday after that though…..we’ll be nursing ourselves back from a hangover due to the wedding we’re going to that weekend. But then….the following Monday we will have finished packing our bags and will be boarding a plane to India! But shhh….its still a secret.

The good, the bad and the ugly

Between this whole working full time gig, the packing up of our house, the catching up with friends and family and general need to ‘netflix and chill’ the pre-trip blog has been quiet. Sorry! There are probably only so many times you want to hear about how un-romantic planning a trip like this is. The endless lists, the numerous contracts, the 50-gazillion rolls of packing tape – you get the idea.

So, to condense some thoughts here is a quick list.

The good:

We’re making progress. The bank account is looking healthy and the cupboards, nooks, crannies and general hidey-holes are looking empty.

We haven’t killed each other. Something like this has the potential to really stress any one out. We’ve defiantly had ‘some words’ but there haven’t been any stand up rows, or slammed doors. We even took a couple hours out to enjoy our third wedding anniversary on Wednesday.

We found *the* list. Our parents have been pushing us to document every facet of our lives, in case we get killed by terrorists or something equally morbid. After an extensive google search I found an excel doc template that will be perfect. It has about 50 tabs and lots of boxes to fill out. I’m kinda excited by it….

The bad:

FOMO. We’ve had our first few ‘save the dates’ for upcoming events that we wont be able to attend because we’ll be away. Its dumb to feel like we’re missing out since we’ll be off on the best adventure of our lives. It will be weird to miss out on all the social things though!

Party planning. We want to have a bit of a farewell knees-up party, which is proving hard to fund. Some bars want up to $10,000 to host 100 or so people on a Saturday night. Thats 1/5 of our annual budget!!!! Hell-to-the-no.

The ugly:

Me, after a day in the garden trying to move lots of gravel, paint a fence, do some weeding and generally make the house more presentable. Andrew helped by water blasting the entire place which is no mean feat.

Really….it hasnt been that ugly at all. Just administrative.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Needles, Mosquitoes and Rabies, oh my!

Back in early January, Andrew and I drew up a list of about 1 million vaccines that we may need for our adventure. Going to places like India, South East Asia, South America and Africa got our backs up a little and we were freaking out!

We booked a visit with the Travel Doctors for January 30, thinking it was ages away. Well, knock me over and call me a goose, today is January 30!

So out 1:30 appointment included us filling out a huge page of medical history, our families medical history and a list of countries we plan to visit. We then sat down with the doctor and together went through all the vaccines we COULD have (like 10 of them) and the ones we have to have (like 4 of them. In fact only 3 for Andrew after his recent thumb slicing incident).

Some of the vaccines are worth like $600, which is just mindblowing – granted, its better than dying from a monkey bite and all, but still, $600!

So, after about 45 minutes of chat where the prospect of dying came up a good 5 or so times, we signed on the dotted line for our essential vaccines:

  • Hep A (now with typhoid included, its a great 2 for 1 offer!)
  • Yellow fever (Sarah has to go back and get this done separately as she’s full of a chest infection, yay!)
  • Tetanus

We declined the Rabies vaccine on the promise we wouldn’t pet any animals. Sad, but not as sad as death by mouth froth…..

Once the doctor was done with us we caught up with the nurse who administered the vaccines. Andrew isn’t a massive fan of needles and pulled such a face that even the nurse recoiled in horror! He did a great job getting it done. Then we got a sales pitch about the other drugs we can and should buy. We took home a menu to peruse at our leisure before my return trip for another shot.

$700 poorer and with bandaids on our arms, we left the travel doctor feeling a touch woozy but happy to have made progress. Bring it on diseases!