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The To-do List: We Won’t Be Bored

Oh boy.

With a little less than four months to go before we leave on our RTW, we figured a to-do checklist was probably in order. This list was a little more ominous than we had thought it was going to be. Needless to say, there will be very little spare time in our near future, as all of this needs to be accomplished while we are both working full time. Without further adieu, in no particular order, “The List”:

1. Get passports sorted – what happens if they expire while we are overseas? What if we run out of pages?

2. Find someone to rent our house – this is, for us, significantly smarter than selling our place.

3. Clean basement – it currently looks like the perfect horror-flick locale. It needs to look like the perfect place for storage.

4. Where to store valuables – we won’t be keeping our prized possessions in the basement while we are gone.

5. Get a safety deposit box – Shawna’s ring will need a new home for the next 12 months. Diamonds don’t travel that well.

6. Install alarm system in our home – for peace of mind for everyone involved. Should have done this ages ago.

7. Purge all unwanted possessions – this is a biggie, and goes hand in hand with #3.

8. Final vaccinations – I believe we are down to just the Japanese Encephalitis. We will then be immortal.

9. Malaria pills – which ones? how many? where else can we get them? Great article on our options here.

10. Dentist appointment (Skott only) – Shawna just had her wisdom teeth chopped out, and this did nothing to soften her dislike for the dentistry profession.

11. Ensure blog is functional – we have resigned ourselves to the fact that we may need some help here.

12. Doctor appointments – be sure we are both in the best shape of our natural lives, before committing to 15 months of gastro-intestinal challenges.

13. Replace sewer line – our house is old, and our 60 year old line is a ticking time bomb. Let’s just get this out of the way.

14. Lay sod in our backyard – we have had a lot of work done to our backyard, now we just need a lawn. Can you still be bribed with beer and pizza?

15. Give blood – the gift that keeps on giving. You should too….

16. Organize bank accounts – need to figure out how to make sure our savings are used for travel, not to line the pockets of the bank manager.

17. Redirect mail – someone else can get our bills for the next year.

18. Find out Shawna’s blood type – inquiring minds want to know.

19. Purchase a new laptop – I don’t think it will be a Mac.

20. Purchase a new camera – we just finished our photography course, and are very excited for this.

21. Organize rental situations – we have a few rental properties aside from our principal residence, in partnership with my brother. We just want to make sure all i’s are dotted here.

22. Shawna’s car – where do we store the little Honda Civic?

23. Put together a packing list – that will be the next list we blog about.

24. VISA vs Mastercard – is one superior overseas?

25. Obtain any visitor visas in advance if necessary – this looks like a lot of work.

26. Silk sleep sheets – we will be making our own sleep sheets, to keep out the bedbugs and other dirty things found on hostel mattresses.

27. Birth Control – neither of us are interested in Floyd being born in the middle of South Africa. Not that there are any health concerns, but it will just interfere with Shawna’s wine sampling.

28. First aid course – because I have no idea what to do when I run out of Band-aids.

29. Skott’s pension and investments – Just want to make sure that these are being properly looked after while we were away.

30. Taxes – Ideally, this should mean a decent payday for us….we just need to collect all the paperwork, and get it done!

31. Insurance – This should probably not be left till the last minute.

32. Teach my parents how to Skype – this will require a lot of wine.

33. Spanish lessons – you can’t become fluent by simply downloading the course onto your laptop…bummer.

So there you have it…more than enough to keep us busy….but with every item we check off, we are one step closer!!!

Any chance you can help us with that sewer line?

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7 Responses to “The To-do List: We Won’t Be Bored”

  1. Donna-Lee April 11, 2011 at 3:35 pm #

    Hello Skott and Shawna,

    Love your blog, just found it this morning and I’m having a great time looking around. My husband and I are leaving for our RTW March 18, 2012… 341 days to go. We’re in Saskatoon and can not wait to hit the road! Thanks for all the info here… looking forward to hearing what insurance you go with… that has us a bit stumped at the moment! :)


  2. Skott and Shawna April 11, 2011 at 4:16 pm #

    Hey Donna – thanks so much for checking things out!! We are thrilled that you are enjoying browsing it a bit…this is our first kick at the cat as far as a blog is concerned, so we are still quite amazed when anyone other than our mothers stop in and read it.

    Despite the fact that we are still two months away, we haven’t quite got our insurance in order, but fellow I can send you to another Saskatchewanian travel blog who has done the research…

    We will let you know if our choice ends up being anything different from Mike and Ashley’s.

  3. Michael April 26, 2011 at 4:38 pm #

    Maybe sell the house and the car. Just two more things not to have to think about on the road. Really get rid of possessions. When you return you will be amazed at how much stuff you held onto and don’t need anymore.

    For overseas credit cards look into the new ones with a chip and pin system. It is big everywhere except Canada and the US. When we were in Ireland two months ago we had problems using our credit cards which caused some problems.

    Good luck with the Skype. I have to teach it to a 75 year old.

    • Skott and Shawna April 26, 2011 at 6:00 pm #

      Skype…yeah, that’s going to be a fun one (right Dad!) Thanks for the heads up about credit cards…the one other thing we have been told is that Visa is much more prevalent than Mastercard (so says Morgan Freeman).

      As far as possessions go…well, the cars are both paid off, and friends and family are going to be able to use them, so it makes more sense for us to keep them. Then, when we do return, there is one less thing we need to purchase. And the house…well, same story…we love our little place, and in the event that Regina is our home again, it would be nice to have a home with an affordable mortgage. We will actually be able to make a little money monthly to put away from renting it, and we have family to help us manage it, so we should be looked after. Of course the situations are very different for everyone, and although it makes sense for us to keep these things, for others that might make no sense at all.


  4. Ian [EagerExistence] March 28, 2012 at 5:56 am #

    After just coming home from a year in Europe and North Africa, I had to teach my Dad how to Skype. Wish I’d done it earlier. But, it’s all good now, should be able to call him from the road in Central & South America.
    Ian [EagerExistence] recently posted..Sandboarding the Sahara, Morocco

    • Skott March 28, 2012 at 10:14 am #

      Skype definitely makes life easier when it comes to keep Mom and Dad close by…teaching parents to use it however isn’t always the easiest task. Kudos to ya!


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