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A world tour, what for?

Traveling is a family thing … I fell in when I was little!

Whether accompanied or alone, I move all the time, it is rare that I spend a weekend home in fact!

Several years ago, I put myself in the head to go around the world before my 30 years; I had planned my list of countries to absolutely see before becoming what I called … old. I have advanced quite a bit on my list actually! Unfortunately, I have not managed to do everything before 30 years … I fell in love on the way to a future Doctor of Medicine who had to validate his thesis that same year: S But do not panic for me, I’m still 30 and at the end of this year (2018) I start my world tour to tick all the countries I have left on my list! And the best is that my little darling accompanies me: D

You may find it odd that I’m talking about the choice of countries before the budget … I have spent years saving for this trip to allow me to go where I want without asking any questions.

Fun stuff

I already had my little list of ready in fact … but I modified it by adding one or two destinations: D

We must choose countries conscientiously; consider security, political tensions, cost on the spot and to go, what we like, etc. We must not neglect anything.

I loved South America, so I will spend many months exploring new destinations and rediscovering others. I have never set foot in Oceania so much you announce immediately that I will have fun!!! There will be many original and extraordinary destinations, but I do not say more, follow me and you’ll know everything 😉

It is very important to define a maximum budget to avoid unpleasant surprises during the trip and back!

That’s why we must look at the question of how we would like to travel.

For my part, it will be backpack with the maximum: bus, stop, campers, hostels, street food; all this in order to never deprive me for an activity: if I want to do a skydive jump at 300 euros, I jump!

Regarding airline tickets and hotel bookings, here is how we will proceed:

– we decided not to go through an agency. The round the world tickets offered were not necessarily more advantageous for us, and having a particular itinerary (more than a year and we go back) they only covered part of our itinerary. However I advise you to make a quote at TravelNation (UK based company) because they are super nice and do their best to find flights. We do not go through them because the price is almost the same.

– For accommodation, we have just booked accommodation in Polynesia because already a year in advance they are overpriced! And we booked the accommodations in the places for which we were certain dates of stay.

– I booked activities too to be certain to be able to make them the desired day.

For the rest, it will be free-style! Well it’s a little exaggerated to say that because I worked for months on each of the destinations to list, what to do and where to stay cheap with good addresses of restaurants 😀

I always wanted to leave minimum one year. For the moment, the plan is to leave for a year and a few months, to get married in 2020 and then go back to do humanitarian work (another of my major life projects).

My friends know it and make fun of me all the time for that: I love organizing, making lists and planning everything 1000 years in advance.

So I prepared an Excel file with everything I had to do a month to make my job easier and to free my mind a little.

Boring stuff but really important

Moving is … boring.

Either you have room in your family, or you rent a place to store. My sister did that because she knew where she would come back. We do not know so we stock right and left.

Remember to give your notice 3 months before to your owner.

So, there must be a way to not get scammed by the operator. That’s why I never did the direct debit.

I’m at Sosh’s (Orange low cost). I have an internet + TV package (which I do not collect in my village so I pay for nothing, thank you Sosh for zero commercial gesture!) + Phone.

Sosh just released an offer at 5 euros per month, otherwise there is Free at 2 euros per month but I understand that the service was worse than at Orange / Sosh.

I opted for the option Sosh at 5 euros … it’s a bit strange to have only 100MB the last 10 days! : D

To change the offer phone + internet it was quite fast chat on their website. The internet on the livebox is cut 10 days after the request.

For taxes, you must inform them of the move to your internet account. They ask you to provide your new address, give the address of your parents.

Ask your loved ones to share your statement of the year that follows otherwise, remember to take your codes to connect 😉

So, this is the moment ” interesting ”.

I’m telling you here about my experience: I’m not one to tell lies to touch unemployment and travel at the same time, especially with our current President.

My solution is therefore (still relevant as I write) to make the appointment with unemployment in France and ask them for a suspension of unemployment. We have the right to a 5-year unemployment suspension + the number of years we can qualify for unemployment, in my case two years. This means that I can do the fool for 7 years living on my savings, and at the end of these seven years (maximum, I can end it before) I can start to touch my unemployment.

The problem is that I worked in Switzerland, and that it is not enough for me just to take appointment with the unemployment and leave. It’s a bit more complicated. I must provide documents to Switzerland that will be used to create a document that will be sent to the unemployment office. After which I will be informed, and I will be able to register to unemployment and thus have the appointment under a fortnight of days (according to them) for I do not know too much reason but during which I will inform them of my decision of suspension of the ‘money.

It seems super simple, but my problem is that I leave France before the end of my contract (temporary) thanks to holidays: I leave on December 27 and my contract ends on the 31st. So I have to ask my parents to collect all the documents and send them to Switzerland for me to make the form they send to the unemployment office. The problem is that I will already be gone and that I am obliged to attend a meeting with unemployment, even if it only takes 5 minutes, in order to qualify for unemployment, and of course, at the unemployment in my city, they do not do not want to do it by skype! So I’m going to have to hit a round trip to do that right in the middle of my world tour 🙂 Thank you unemployment people !!!!!!!

So, my advice: Get fired (they did not want to fire me …) a month or two before leaving (especially if you’re in my case) to manage the paperwork without stress. And remember that you can not touch unemployment after a resignation.

I watched tons of blogs to find out which travel insurance to choose.

It’s not really obvious, there are many. What to do when looking for insurance is to target what you need, such as:

– to be insured in the event of a serious accident: hospital and repatriation expenses

-What will happen with my body in case of death I do extreme sports, am I insured? For example: diving, skydiving …

– I leave with valuable computer equipment, will I be reimbursed (e) in case of theft or loss?

– I will rent vehicles

-etc …

You must never leave feeling that everything will be fine. We are never at the shelter of a dirty food infection, to get a leg, to be asked! That’s why you have to look at insurance before you leave.

My choice was CHAPKA insurance, partly because it covered what I wanted (not enough for the material but it was less important than health in my eyes) and secondly because that they are French and therefore easier to communicate in case of emergency.

Here is their website: https://www.chapkadirect.fr/

While spying on the blogs I came across several links to the N26 bank.

This is a German online bank that offers great services for tourdumundists and other travelers like for example the most important to me: no ATM withdrawal fees anywhere in the world!

So we subscribed and took the card N26 black.

Check List 4 months before departure

-Vaccines and make photocopies and scans of everything

-Finish the list of things to take away

-Finalize the program

-Sent letter to leave the apartment

– Order USD

-Buy all the missing material

-Finalize route

-Book bus / hotels / tours if dates are fixed

-Finalize route

-Book bus / hotels / tours if dates are fixed

– Weight of the backpack

– Bank N26

– Prepare the move (sorting)

– Start a blog

– Make copies and PDFs of important documents

– Prevent taxes

– Test the tent

– Cancel the home insurance

– Cancel health insurance

– Prepare all documents for pole employs Switzerland

– Pole employs go on site and ask skype appointment if possible

– Check that all your electronic devices are working properly

– Pay the last sums for the tours (ex: Antarctica)

– Post: mail transfer

– Take appointment with the doctors if necessary (ex: dentist, gynecologist, generalist …)

– Prepare medical prescriptions and certificates -Prepare the first aid kit – Order lenses -Silver water + electricity

-Download apps for your phones -Download movies and series on Netflix -Registered on ariane

-Package of cheaper phone or cancel

-Make proxies

-Give important information to relatives (ex: program, insurance, numbers, copies documents and proof of purchase …)

-If friends find you, prepare them stuff to bring you (eg: lenses, solid shampoo, argan oil …)

-See if you can take tickets with company specials -Last purchases of things to take away

-Prepare a big departure party

– Say goodbye to all your friends and family

– Pole employs go on site and ask skype appointment if possible

– Check that all your electronic devices are working properly

What’s in our bags?

Here too it is very personal; it all depends on how you travel and your budget.

We chose to go with all the camping equipment to spend less money (especially in Chile and Polynesia). So we will try to do a max of camping but there are of course places where it will not be possible or not really interesting depending on the price of hostels (ex: Peru cheap at all!). I think the important thing is to make the ratio between the price of the equipment and the number of times you think of using it versus the price of housing where you go.

Here is a small list of what’s in our backpacks. The choice of the bag was a horror for me because I had a little under estimated the amount of things that I took with me … but in the end everything goes! This is the main no? 🙂 I took a 70L bag because unlike almost all bloggers, I do not want to do more than 3 days of hiking with a bag in front and a bag behind, I think it is not practical. So I hope I can walk with everything on my back.

Jess’ bag

Mac Book Pro 13 pouces Apple Apple
Cover for Mac Book x Fnac
Slate iskn et stylos Iskn Isnk
External drive Samsung Amazon
External drive cover Amazon
USB Amazon
Adaptor Amazon
Charger 5 ports USB Amazon
Strip RAVPower Amazon
3 USB cables  x  x
Samsung Galaxy S7 Samsung Samsung
SD card-samsung 256 GB  Scan disk  Amazon
iPhone 7 plus 256GB Apple TheBlackMarket
iPhone cover Spigen Amazon
Panasonic GX80
Objectif 14-140
Objectif 25mm
Batteries
Panasonic Images Photo
Panasonic charger
2 batteries
LOOKit Amazon
Sacoche appareil photo  ?  Amazon
Carte SD 256GB Lexar Amazon
Micro SD 200GB SanDisk Amazon
Solar Charger
Power Bank 24000 mAh
Olebr Amazon
Earphones  Sony Leclerc
Gorillapod
Drone et remote Mavic Pro
4 batteries
Chargeur
DJI DJI
Filters Mavic Pro Hensych Amazon
Cover for batteries, drone, remote Amazon
Go pro hero 7 black Gopro Gopro

2 batteries

Chargeur

Filtre UV

Housse silicone

Gopro Gopro
Dome go pro
Accesories gopro Gopro Gopro

Toothbrush

Toothpaste

Comb

Soap

Mini shower gel

Shaver

Dr Bronner’s Solid Soap

Lush solid shampoo

Lenses for 17 months

Box of lenses

Glasses

Box of glasses

Microfiber towel

Elastics

Deodorant

Nail clipper

Tweezers

Small scissors

Earplugs

Lip stick

Cleaning wipes

Moisturizer

Sanitary napkins

Toilet paper

Urinal

Bonnet
Gloves Icebreaker Icebreaker
Gloves Decathlon Decathlon
Cap  NY  x
Scarf H&M H&M
Bras Merinos x 3 Icebreaker Snowleader
Normal bra Princess TamTam Princess TamTam
Cheeky Merinos *5 Icebreaker Snowleader
Hiking socks*3 Icebreaker Snowleader
Normal socks*3 Icebreaker Snowleader
Jacket-goretex Millet Campz
Jacket Patagonia Au vieux campeur
Rain cover troussers Stretch Ozonic Mountain Hard Wear Au vieux campeur
Leggin*2 Nike Nike
Short Nike Nike
Hiking troussers Vieux Campeur Vieux Campeur
Troussers Fjallraven Fjallraven
Leggin-Merinos Icebreaker Snowleader
T-shirt Merinos*2 Icebreaker Icebreaker
T-shirt coton*2 Spreadshirt Spreadshirt
Hiking shoes Vieux Campeur
Baskets ON-Running ON-Running
Flipflops Havaiana Havaiana
Bagpack Osprey-Xena 70L Au vieux campeur
Bagpack raincover Osprey Osprey
Cover for transport Deuter Amazon
Sunglasses Rayban Krys
Front light Decathlon Decathlon
Dynamo light Decathlon Decathlon
2 cadenas
Freezer bags Leclerc Leclerc
Little daily bag Lowepro Amazon
Waterproof bag 8L Au vieux campeur Au vieux campeur
Waterproof bag 20L Au vieux campeur Au vieux campeur
Compression bag Bramble Amazon
Rain cover bags Cordura Au vieux campeur
2 pens
Notebook cadeau cadeau
Chauffettes Au vieux campeur Au vieux campeur
Carabiner Amazon Amazon
Toiletery bag Deuter Snowleader
Plane cover Decathlon   Decathlon
Camel bag Osprey  Osprey
Games Cadeau Cadeau
Garbage bag Leclerc Leclerc
Pocket for papers Cadeau Cadeau
Sleeping bag Valandre-Swing 700 Au vieux campeur
Self-inflating mattress Prolite Plus Au vieux campeur
Little figurines Totora Etsy
Hiking sticks Black Diamond  Au vieux campeur

Quentin’s bag

Adaptator  Amazon
Kindle  Amazon  Amazon

Toothbrush

Toothpaste

Comb

Soap

Mini shower gel

Shaver

Dr Bronner’s Solid Soap

Lush solid shampoo

Lenses for 17 months

Box of lenses

Glasses

Box of glasses

Microfiber towel

Elastics

Deodorant

Nail clipper

Tweezers

Small scissors

Earplugs

Lip stick

Cleaning wipes

Moisturizer

Sanitary napkins

Toilet paper

Urinal

Bonnet
Gloves Icebreaker Icebreaker
Gloves Decathlon Decathlon
Cap  NY  x
Scarf H&M H&M
Bras Merinos x 3 Icebreaker Snowleader
Normal bra Princess TamTam Princess TamTam
Cheeky Merinos *5 Icebreaker Snowleader
Hiking socks*3 Icebreaker Snowleader
Normal socks*3 Icebreaker Snowleader
Jacket-goretex Millet Campz
Jacket Patagonia Au vieux campeur
Rain cover troussers Stretch Ozonic Mountain Hard Wear Au vieux campeur
Leggin*2 Nike Nike
Short Nike Nike
Hiking troussers Vieux Campeur Vieux Campeur
Troussers Fjallraven Fjallraven
Leggin-Merinos Icebreaker Snowleader
T-shirt Merinos*2 Icebreaker Icebreaker
T-shirt coton*2 Spreadshirt Spreadshirt
Hiking shoes Vieux Campeur
Baskets ON-Running ON-Running
Flipflops Havaiana Havaiana
Bagpack Osprey-Xena 70L Au vieux campeur
Bagpack raincover Osprey Osprey
Cover for transport Deuter Amazon
Sunglasses Rayban Krys
Front light Decathlon Decathlon
Dynamo light Decathlon Decathlon
2 cadenas
Freezer bags Leclerc Leclerc
Little daily bag Lowepro Amazon
Waterproof bag 8L Au vieux campeur Au vieux campeur
Waterproof bag 20L Au vieux campeur Au vieux campeur
Compression bag Bramble Amazon
Rain cover bags Cordura Au vieux campeur
2 pens
Notebook cadeau cadeau
Chauffettes Au vieux campeur Au vieux campeur
Carabiner Amazon Amazon
Toiletery bag Deuter Snowleader
Plane cover Decathlon   Decathlon
Camel bag Osprey  Osprey
Games Cadeau Cadeau
Garbage bag Leclerc Leclerc
Pocket for papers Cadeau Cadeau
Sleeping bag Valandre-Swing 700 Au vieux campeur
Self-inflating mattress Prolite Plus Au vieux campeur
Little figurines Totora Etsy
Hiking sticks Black Diamond  Au vieux campeur

Useful blog

https://www.tourdumondiste.com/comparatif-sacs-a-dos

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