A trip from one to bike around the world, it is not getting ready in two minutes. Lots of things to think about! Small summary of our preparations for the last months...
Initially, it was expected to leave by April 2015; It therefore reflected quietly in this trip. And then one night in the beginning of the month of may, it became full of things account sticking better if it started... in September, we had while 4 months! Go zou, we are asking availability for one, and resignation for the other (about one fifth of the whose resignation for their trip - go according to) tourdumondiste.com) Things a bit rushed, especially that at the same time we had to finish to hold our wedding; but no matter: we were going to be ready by September! We first started by...
Go to the of Air France International vaccinations Center (next to les Invalides, Paris). In the program:
At the centre of vaccinations, they were very friendly, efficient, and good advice. It shows that they are used to support the people who make the world tours! This is how we are followed, we two, with 800 euros in the shoulders. Ouch!
In addition to this, there must be anti-malarial treatments for 3 months in Asia. Fortunately, the centre of vaccinations advised us to take doxycycline as a long-term treatment, to get less painful belly... and the wallet! And then it must also provide the Kit. You will find with the stuff that we take.
It took to learn a bit about the country: things to see, to know, and above all, the conditions for obtaining visas. For visas, this is what we can tell you:
We had already scouted a little the stuff we wanted, but we had to deepen our research and engage in procurement. Vieux campeur vendors have been a great help also in the choices that we had to do. See the page dedicated to our super matos !
Traditional banks are still very expensive for a trip like ours: cost of withdrawals, credit card, etc., it is not given all that! We followed the advice of the site"tourdumondiste.com“. Ce site, créé par et pour des tourdumondistes (si, si, c’est un vrai mot !), semblent avoir bien étudié la question. Nous avons donc souscrit à Boursorama, et sur notre année de voyage, pas de soucis – ils préviennent instantanément par sms dès qu’un débit de plus de 200€ est détecté, j’aime bien. Si Boursorama vous tente faites nous signe, on peut vous parrainer ! Chez Fortuneo j’ai eu un conseiller au téléphone qui m’a clairement dit qu’ils ne voulaient pas de tourdumondistes (!) “Ok, ben je vais aller chez Boursorama alors !” “Bonne journée.” ! Et puis nous avons quand même gardé notre compte à la BNP (pour assurer les arrières en cas de problème avec cette carte bleue), qui a bien voulu nous faire une bonne réduction sur les frais de compte pour cette année à l’étranger où nous n’allions que très peu utiliser la carte.
Adventurer, Yes, but not head-burned so far. We must think to ensure her behind too, you never know! Yet again, we relied on the opinion of the site"toudumondiste.com“. There we also appeared helpful. After a study of the different benefits of insurance companies, we chose Chapka. The few times where we have need, we had no worries: after you open the file by phone or mail, we took a picture of the care bill, were sent to them, and it was repaid in less than a week!
By my side (Estelle), my B-twin, faithful companion to go every day to work, might too suffer and was too heavy for such a trip. So I decided to give a second life to a bike dedicated to cycling. I found used a specialized bicycle whose frame is a brand "Surly": the "Long Haul Trucker". This brand is really deemed for the trip going. It has everything already, it just took me give it a good clean and replace a few parts to make it ready for the trip. On the side of Thomas: he already had a good mountain bike, it took just improve it.
What are the elements that we believe are essential on a bike for a trip to the long course?
Then, on my bike with a hub dynamo, Thomas has installed a USB converterin order to charge phone, frontal lamp, reading lamp,... while pedaling! Clever, no?
We have a partnership with a primary school. The teacher of a class will support us with his pupils, and integrate our trip in their program of the year. We have created a category on the blog which lists any visits to schools around the world in our year; and doing so discover the french students to examples of school to another end of the world.
Okay, now that the most important is done... you have to empty the apartment think '. After retrieving boxes right - left, we stored our business. Need to well organize the cartons and especially above note what there is inside: we will reopen in more than a year (the time of return, to find job and ask in a city, and all reopen)!