As we are getting closer to the departure date we want to share some of our thoughts and preparations from the last year. This journey has been in our heads for a long time and we slowly started speaking about making it a reality around September 2012. Then we realized that if we wanted to do this we needed to make some choices and decisions. Our idea becoming real now.
Saving up money would be an issue so we had to start saving hardcore. That meant we trying to set some weekly goals, this is not really our strongest side and when we now look back it could have been done more efficient. Well we did it in our way and things are looking okay and we should reach our goals on savings.
We researched, ‘see our links‘, and used our experience from travelling as backpackers to set our daily budget for the journey. This came out at around 20€ per day per person. At this time we were thinking of travelling for a year in total as we had not set the route completely yet. One year would mean 20 x 365 = 7300€ per person. For some people this is not a lot of money and for others this is a great deal of money. For us this is a great deal of money and we could see that we really needed to save on our costs. So less eating out, ordering take-away and so on.
As time was moving on we started to have our own project meetings, not to make a strict project, more to have some goals and share our ideas on the subject and to make sure that our idea became real. Both of us have a lot of ideas in our heads and can drift in our own direction sometimes if we don’t get our ideas and thoughts aligned. See below some of our meeting notes to get an idea what we have been talking about in our meetings.
A rough route was made and we could see that time would be a factor and also we could see that seasons would play an important role. For the research on seasons we use/used the site World Reviewer and also WeatherSpark. These two sites give a nice overview of temperatures worldwide.
We have been reading and following a lot of people on the road to try and understand some of their greatest challenges and obstacles. This also has a down side as there is always someone else with a great idea and going through the places we’ll go. This might demotivate sometimes as you feel there is nothing to do or see when everybody else goes there. Well this is when you get into all these blogs and websites and you forget yourself and what your own motivations are. When you go back into yourself and find these back then it all feels good again and you believe that this is the right choice 🙂 .
The next project was getting new bicycles. Because we were inspired by all the blogs and websites on bicycle touring, we already had a clear view of the bikes that were available in our area. We had a good eye on the Santos Bikes. We went to the “Fiets en Wandelbeurs” where you can test many brands of bikes and also the Wereldfietser Beurs where many brands are represented. We narrowed it down to Santos (aluminum) or Avaghon (steal), both great bikes. We test rode these bike several times and our final choice was the Santos Travelmaster, due to the good feeling of the bike. This was a very personal choice.