“We sold most of our belongings” – many good travel stories seem to start this way. And it’s exactly how we start our story now.
We’ve spent 3 months packing, selling and planning. Less than a half of what we owned is now packed into boxes, waiting for us in a storage and a small number of things (mostly clothes and shoes) made it into our suitcases and travel with us. Life just got a whole lot more interesting.
Packed and ready to go
When you ask us what was the hardest part, we may give you two different answers. For me (Aga) it was packing boxes and dealing with potential buyers. I’m still not sure which was worse. After closing 5 boxes I couldn’t look at bubble wrap and tape anymore and there still was a lot to go through. I was delirious. On the other hand, I also had to deal with potential buyers (gumtree and facebook marketplace) and have a lot of stories about them. Don’t get me wrong, some were absolutely lovely but a majority made me question the humankind. For Hubby, the hardest was making the decision and saying it out loud. He was in shock when he finally agreed.
Then another shock and a few hard days came when we left everything in the storage place and still had to spend 5 days and nights in our (now empty) apartment. No more tea (July in Melbourne means winter, we were freezing!), coffee, sofa, chairs. It was camping in the living room time.
When it was finally time to jump on the flight to Hong Kong, excitement was through the roof. See you, Melbourne, we’ll be back.
The basic rules of what we’re planning to do are simple:
- no less than 4 weeks in each location
- seeing more of the local than the touristy stuff (for example a walk around some small park rather than number 1 TripAdvisor must-see location)
- checking out cafes and restaurant but also cooking at home with local ingredients
- trying new food & drinks – every time we go shopping we buy something we haven’t tasted before
- getting the vibe of the local life – try to live there, not just stay
Where are we going? We don’t know yet. Only the first 3 months are planned: Prague in August, Berlin in September and Marseille in October. We have no idea what will happen in November.
What we do know is that we want to follow the sun and warmth as much as possible. Thinking this way November will most likely take us away from Europe.
Are we travelling for 6 months? A year? That’s another question without an answer. So far we’re enjoying it but we’ll see how we feel in 3 months from now. No pressure, no deadlines.