Our plan to Travel Long Term Around The World…and How!

So here it is, the start of our round the world, long term travel chronicles! Here we start to layout our plans for our travels and also the blog! Right now we are at home, we have jobs and we have a house. But by this time next year none of that will be true, we will be setting off on a wild adventure of a lifetime… and we want you along for the ride!

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In the next 12 months we will be setting out on here every step we took from here to travelling long term and hope that this will allow others to follow. Here are our plans… (P.S don’t worry, we have all sorts of adventures planned for the year too)

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Trans Siberian/ Mongolian express. One of our travel dreams!

So, We felt now was the time to start talking about our plans. Many other blogs out there are written by people already living this dream of long term travel and that is great and one of our biggest inspirations and aspirations. But coming from the perspective of starting off and trying to make that happen for ourselves we will be blogging about the process we are going through in order to make that a reality. It’s not going to be an instruction manual, but at the same time this isn’t some secret and we appreciate how daunting it can all seem.

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Angkor Wat…Bucket list stuff!

From the planning to the saving and organising, down to money and visas. We want to talk you through it as we deal with it. Then be able to not just be a blog which talks about being out there travelling long term but also about how to actually achieve this and give others the confidence as we chronicle our trials and tribulations! This is the beginning of our Long Term Travel section of the blog. In 2015 we will be saving, planning, organising and generally getting ready to go, so expect more updates through out the year!

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The Great Wall of China! Once in a lifetime stuff!

Hopefully these will provide you with an insight into how we overcome the challenges of escaping, as well as practical things such as how we managed to get visas or which backpacks we choose and how to pack. Along the way we will also talk a lot more about our motivation behind “uprooting” our lives and heading off to create a new one. So if you are after a bit of inspiration to get you going or just want an insight into the crazed mind behind this blog then check these links out:

Live life 100% & Make your dream happen: Don’t sell your life!
Life isn’t a trial run: Quit your job & Travel the world!

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Taj Mahal… One of our biggest dreams!

Quote from our other posts:

“Stop complaining, stop hating, be honest with yourself and do something about it. Change your attitude and your outlook, don’t seek out luck or chance, make opportunities yourself, overcome what hurdles are in your way. Take a risk, jump out of the safety net because we have one shot at life and it’s worth taking the chance instead of settling for less. Most dream at night about the lives other lead, about the things we would love to do “given the chance”, but we dream during the day, we control our own lives and we make those dreams happen!”

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Sydney Opera House…Seeing this will be unbelievable!

Some background:

We are married, have a mortgage and jobs (shorty for 11 years!) and Nic has a Masters Degree. We have always climbed, skateboarded and protested “Normality”. We were often told we would grow out of this “Phase” but even getting a house just re-enforced this! It allowed us the space to really become ourselves and instead of making us “grow up” it made us realise this suburban existence is far removed from the life we wanted.

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Of course, we did our own thing for our wedding! Skating through NYC on our wedding day!

We gained confidence in our convictions and also travelled much more and enjoyed that freedom. However we realised that our jobs were beginning to feel like shackles. Dragging our young souls down into the drudgery of adulthood and cynicism. Something needed to be done, but what? How do you escape this cycle? We decided to travel long term after realising how possible this could be! For a time I resented the house, but really it was the ideal wake up call for us and we needed that space to grow and realise our path.

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Climbing and the whole attitude of challenging ourselves is a massive part of who we are!

People may say we haven’t thought it all through, but we have never been so sure in all our lives. Retirement may seem the goal for many but at what cost? By my reckoning we could travel for the next 30 years (who knows!) and then in our mid 50’s sell up for a return of around £90-100,000. That sounds like a better retirement plan to me than sitting in an office for 30/40 years!

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Exploring Krakow recently!

One of the big things I always worried about was knowing what you wanted to do in life and always figured that revolved around a career.But we realised it should revolve around your passions and that money is just a secondary thing that sometimes makes it easier but also can trap you. We figured why spend the majority of your time doing something you don’t want to do and a small amount doing the things you are passionate about… surely it should be the other way around!

And with that we plotted our escape!

You can read some more about us here: The Roaming Renegades.

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On our honeymoon!

Here’s our plan:

Firstly, I will say I know full well that this plan will most likely deviate, and that’s OK! Things take time, plans go wrong, this is a learning curve for us too. The aim is to set out a bearing and see where that takes us, every decision and deviation we make along the way we will write about and hope it helps someone else!

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Machu Picchu. Making dreams come true!

The house is currently up on the rental market and has been for 6 weeks. We will be moving back home for 12 months to save up as much as we can. Our initial aim is to have £10,000 each but I am sure you could travel for much less, but this fits with our initial plans. We have a whole load of paper work to sort out before then, but all in all renting your house out is actually simpler than we thought! Part of this is to also give Nic’s mum power of attorney so she can sign stuff on our behalf and deal with any major issues when away.

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Finally visiting Berlin!

Shorty is also currently studying for a science course and will complete this in the summer. Although he has no real passion for it we know that this qualification could come in handy in the long run. So really it’s all about not putting things off but also choosing a time which makes sense. Think through when is the best time to maximise opportunities. If the idea of dropping everything and going is a stumbling block it needn’t have to be! you don’t need to be some “irresponsible” 18 year old to travel, most things can be overcome!

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Halong bay… Beautiful!

We also have a dog which we pretty much love more than anything. This is probably the hardest part about going, but we just have to follow our dreams. There is no chance we are giving him up though, he is part of the family and we are lucky enough to have a family who love him just as much as we do and will look after him for us. We will skype him and also visit home as much as we can. When we leave as much as we will be excited it will also be tinged with a sadness about leaving him too.

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Our pug, Count Dooku

In 2015 as well as saving up we need to look at what we need to do to be best prepared. I don’t think we need to go overboard but as we have the time we may as well use it. We will be looking for the best backpacks, the best shoes, which visas we need, what vaccinations and insurance we have to get and also how to control and look after our money too. We realise we have a lot to learn and figure out but we are looking forward to the challenge!

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Us in our home at Christmas

Money:

We hope to make a small income off the rent but likely that will go towards the upkeep of the house. Initially the funding of our travels will be from our savings. We aim to travel as cheaply as possible whilst also experiencing as much as we can, this will include hostels, couch surfing, house sitting and hitch hiking for example. We will also be blogging at every step of the way and hope to make a small income from the blog to sustain us.

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Russian Rouble!

We will be working in Australia on our working visas for a year, of course working around travelling and seeing the country not the other way around. Teaching English is also something we are keen to do in both Asia and South America too. One of our main aims whilst travelling past the obvious is to find a sustainable career around travel by just doing what we love and seeing what opportunities we can create out of it!

Our route:

This is very much open to revision and is a rough route we plan to take but the whole reason we want to travel for much longer is to be able to explore places with spontaneity. The red lines are our main route and the blue are the kind of deviations we hope to take if it works out. Of course within these plans are a much larger list places to go and things to see, but really the main idea is to take a set of places and combine that with exploration and adventure.

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Where we have been as of Nov 2014!

To see where we have already been see our travel map and see our Bucket list  for some idea of our must see things along the way!

Europe:

When: Beginning of 2016, most likely February.
How long: Roughly 2 Months

First up we plan on taking the train through Europe instead of flying. We want to see as much as we can and there are plenty of places even in Europe left to see or even reacquaint with. First stop will be Paris and from there we will most likely take a northern route towards Russia and St Petersburg/ Moscow.

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Trans- Mongolian Express:

When: Roughly April 2016
How long: Around 1 month

After previously visiting Russia we are keen to see more of this massive country. Doing the Tran Siberian Express has always been a dream of ours and so we decided to go one better and take the train from Moscow to Beijing and along the way take in Mongolia! What an adventure!

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Asia:

When: Beginning in around May 2016
How long: Between 6 months and Year

This is what you might call the main part of the trip as initially our plans included just touring South East Asia for 3 months. Now we have more time to explore and really see the area. Our plan is a bit zig zagged and we will most likely find better routes once we arrive but we want to take in as much as we can and also be open to new places whilst trying to travel over land as much as possible.

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Australia:

When: Dec 2016/ May 2017
How long: A year/ 18 months

Australia and New Zealand have been on our hit list for a long time so to finally see them will be amazing! Whilst in Australia we want to see as much of the country as we can but aside from that we would also like to save up whilst working in order to continue our travels and so will be getting a working visa. We will also head to New Zealand, the place where we can stay with family and also somewhere we consider to be our number one choice of country to permanently move to in the future.

The Americas:

When: Early 2018
How long: 6 Months

This section of our plans has been much less thoroughly planned as it is so far in the future and also dependant on many things! Hopefully we will have the chance to head home beforehand and maybe do this from the other direction. Who knows! We just know that South America in particular is somewhere we really want to visit and there are also quite a few places in North America, in particular Canada and the West coast of the US we want to see too and is quite an exciting prospect.

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Europe 2, Home leg:

When: Mid 2018
How long: 2 Months

Depending on our position at the time of returning home to Europe we would like to, instead of flying straight back to the UK, spend what we have left on exploring some other areas of Europe, particularly the Balkans and also Italy and Spain for Shorty as well as Istanbul and Athens where we would most likely fly home from.

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Where next?

Of course we will be heading home initially even if it is just to see family and friends for a while whilst we figure out our next move or indeed save up again. But after such a journey I am sure “Normal” life will seem even more out of sync with what we want. Hopefully by this point we will have some sort of nomadic income stream or at least know more about what we want to do and how to make a living which fits in with our lifestyle and passions.

Petra…Next step!

We will most likely stay home a while to rebuild and spend time with family and then look at where we want to go next. Africa and Central Asia as well as ticking off any last European countries will be up there for sure. Then after that most likely we will look at moving permanently somewhere such as New Zealand where we can hopefully still have the freedom to travel for a few months of the year! But that’s quite a way off yet!

Imagine living here!

So, we look forward to you following us on our journey as well and will hopefully see some of you out there. We also can’t wait to see what other travellers are doing as you continue to inspire us and we always look for discussions and suggestions!

Nicola Hilditch-Short

Nic is one half of the Roaming Renegades, a passionate traveller, climber, adventurer, photographer and artist who has a B.A in Fine Art and M.A in Design & Art Direction.