What to do before traveling to Europe
Going on any trip takes planning, but going to Europe in a camper with 5 kids, certainly needed a bit more planning and orchestrating. This is how it all started...
8 Months before our trip
Having an intensive conversation with my husband explaining the pro's and cons about a long term trip in Europe. Adding all our monthly expenses and realizing that it will actually cost us less to travel than to stay home.
I drew up a timeline of what needed to be done up until our departure. House needed to possibly get rented out, lots of belongings had to be sold, tickets had to be booked, 21 bags packed, etc.
7 Months before
We worked out a rough itinerary to see how much winter and summer clothes would be needed. Yes, I know EVERYTHING can be purchased anywhere, but we had the space in our bags and chose not to spend unnecessary money, plus it was awesome having so much of "home" with us.
We went through our house, room by room and had boxes for, "store", "sell", "give away", "take with". Doing this so well in advance made us realize how much we really did not need.
6 Months before
A list was made of repairs that needed to be done to our house. My husband started working on a plan for his businesses, who will be taking care of it while we are away(he returned every other month to attend to it).
We started looking for flights on Skyscanner, as soon as we saw a great deal around the time we wanted to go, we took it and planned our departure date around that.
5 Months before
Started selling everything we did not need on line and on local facebook/WhatsApp groups.
See which of our memberships we had to give notice to.
1-3 Months before
I started packing what needs to go in storage. We only had one suitcase each to live out of for the last few months.
Check if your passports are all up to date, apply for visas if need be.
Give yourself a buffer of 1 month before your departure. Be packed and out of your house. You will realize how much still have to be done after that day, but if you are all ready, then it is a great month to relax with people you wont see in a while.
1 Month before
Check that all memberships were indeed cancelled, mail forwarded, pet sitters arranged, travel insurance purchased, medical checks done.
Notify your bank, cellphone provider and neighbors of your trip.
Go on your trip and make memories.
Hi I'm Erika,