It’s been a long time since we last wrote here. A lot has happened. Multiple journeys have started. Now with a family of four we randomly thought that this space should be renamed to WE TRAVEL WE ARE. But since our kids might not want to travel for living in the future it can remain in first person.
It was end of autumn in the Southern Hemisphere. We were looking for a new apartment as we were expecting our second child and were facing the common misconception that we would need more space than a “two-bedder” (first world problems). We actually went ahead and started scouting for a larger space and managed to bargain down the asking price by 6%. Something new we learnt as they called our bluff and our offer got accepted by the landlord. Luckily for her we turned the offer down and disappointed her (or not).
If only they knew that the higher climbing rentals and property costs in Sydney inspired us to decide not to find a new place (temporarily) and stay put until our new addition to the family was was born had a passport and was ready to travel the world with us.
Five months later, and here we are. Giving up every piece of furniture we owned and selling as much as we could to finance yet another “Around the World” journey for almost 6 months and now with 2 kids. More about the SELLING experience and second hand marketplaces in Australia later.
Yes! We managed to finance 50% of our tickets by selling all our stuff and terminating our lease tenancy with enough notice time so we can actually return the flat the day before our flight. With the help of family and friends we managed to pack the “must-keep” items (no, LR can’t sell his GolfClubs and I cannot let go of my coffee machine), and reduce all our life belongings to mere 4cubic metres.
The only item we didn’t sell was our car. And that’s just for the convenience of having something to move around when we return from this journey. We found out however, that in Australia there’s an “Airbnb” for cars. One month before our go date, we discovered carnextdoor.com.au and actually managed to rent the car two weekends in a row to a couple of people in order to try the model and see if it actually works. Guess what?! We decided that this was yet another way to support our expenses and make some pocket money while being away. Voilá! Great solution on how to keep the car in use and pay for its expenses (insurance at least).
Anyway the days were getting shorter and the date to take off was getting closer. I was showing my daughter how to save up to pay for the tickets in a plane shaped piggy bank, and just before the flight we broke it and collected all her cash saved up to “pay” for her ticket. She managed to save almost $300 within 5 months.
September 17 2017. The date had come. We have no residential address. We leave literally homeless on our WORLD TOUR. *Excited clapping*
We packed as light as we could but traveling with 2 kids (one 4month old) is never light. More about our packing tips later.
First stop: HONG KONG
Luis & Meri