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.

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oh my gosh, I just quit my job.

So…part of setting of on a global adventure for an extended period of time includes sorting out what to do with the jobs that have kept us occupied, and paid, for the last umpteen years.

After spending our “summer” break packing up and clearing out and hanging out at the likes of MacPac and Kathmandu for all the good sales, Andrew and I agreed that we would give our respective bosses as much lead in time to us leaving as possible. The reason was two-fold; partially so they didn’t get any nasty surprises 4 weeks before we left and secondly so we could finally start talking about the trip! Yay, no more secrets.

So, Monday came around and I caught up with my manager and broke the news. She was delighted for me but pretty sad to be losing me too. It felt incredible to talk about it and we agreed that while I wont hand in my notice yet, I can at least tell the team. Phew. So much relief. At the same time, talking about it makes it very real and its suddenly feeling pretty scary!

Andrew had a yarn with his boss too and the reaction was pretty much the same. We’re lucky to have such great employers who are so happy to hear we’re off to grow and have fun.

So yeah, that’s it. We’ll hand in our official notice later in February, but in the meantime we have more clearing, shifting, booking and packing to do.