A year-long cycling trip around the world cannot be prepared in two minutes. Lots to think about! A brief summary of our preparations over the last few months…
Initially, we planned to leave in April 2015; so we thought quietly about this trip. And then one evening at the beginning of May, we realized that a lot of things would work better if we left... in September, we only had 4 months left! Come on, here we are, posing availability for one, and resignation for the other (about a fifth of world travelers quit for their trip – according to tourdumondiste.com) Things were a bit rushed, especially since at the same time we had to finish organizing our wedding; but no matter: we were going to be ready by September! We first started with…
Meet at Air France international vaccination center (next to Les Invalides, in Paris). In the program :
At the vaccination center, they were very friendly, efficient, and gave good advice. It can be seen that they are used to taking care of people who are traveling around the world! That's how we came out, the two of us, with 800 euros on our shoulders. Ouch!
In addition to that, anti-malarial treatments must be planned for 3 months in Asia. Fortunately, the vaccination center advised us to take Doxycycline as it is a long-term treatment, to hurt our stomach less... and our wallet! And then you also have to bring the first aid kit. You will find it with the gear we take.
We had to find out a little about the countries: things to see, things to know, and above all, the conditions for obtaining visas. For visas, here’s what we can tell you:
We had certainly already spotted the gear we wanted, but we had to deepen our research and start shopping. The sellers of the old camper were also a great help in the choices we had to make. See the page dedicated to our great gear !
Traditional banks remain very expensive for a trip like ours: cost of withdrawals, bank card, etc., it's not cheap! We followed the advice of the site “tourdumondiste.com“. This site, created by and for world travelers (yes, yes, that's a real word!), seems to have studied the question well. So we subscribed to Boursorama, and during our year of travel, no worries – they instantly notify you by SMS as soon as a debit of more than €200 is detected, I like it. If Boursorama tempts you let us know, we can sponsor you ! At Fortuneo I had an advisor on the phone who clearly told me that they didn’t want world tourers (!) “Okay, well I’ll go to Boursorama then!” "Good day." ! And then we still kept our account with the BNP (to cover our backs in the event of a problem with this credit card), which was kind enough to give us a good reduction on the account fees for this year abroad where we We were going to use the card very little.
Adventurer, yes, but not a hothead. You have to think about insuring your behind too, you never know! Once again, we relied on the site’s opinion “toudumondiste.com“. He also seemed to give us good advice. After a study of the different services offered by insurance companies, we chose Chapka. The few times we needed it, we had no problem: after opening the file by phone or email, we took a photo of the care invoice, sent it to them, and we were reimbursed in less than 'one week !
For my part (Estelle), my B-twin, a faithful companion for going to work every day, risked suffering too much and was too heavy for such a trip. So I decided to give a second life to a bike dedicated to cycle touring. I found a second-hand specialized bike with a frame from the “Surly” brand: the “Long Haul Trucker”. This brand is really famous for long-distance travel. It's already fully equipped, I just had to give it a good cleaning and replace a few parts to get it ready for the trip. As for Thomas: he already had a good mountain bike, he just had to improve it.
What elements do we think are essential on a bike for a long trip?
Then, on my bike with a hub dynamo, Thomas installed a USB converter, in order to recharge your phone, headlamp, e-reader, etc. while pedaling! Ingenious, right?!
We have a partnership with a primary school. The teacher of a class will follow us with her students, and will integrate our trip into their program for the year. We have created a category on the blog which lists all school visits around the world during our year; and thus introduce French students to examples of schools on the other side of the world.
Well, now that the most important thing is done… we have to think about emptying the apartment. After collecting boxes from right to left, we put our things away. You have to organize the boxes well and, above all, write down what's inside: we won't reopen them until more than a year from now (time to go back, find work and settle down in a city, and all that). move again)!