Things are starting to come together…I just applied for my Work and Holiday Visa online (subclass 462 for Americans) and it was a relatively painless process once I learned to save OFTEN. The connection timed out a lot, causing me to lose any of my application that I hadn’t saved. Once I figured out how to fix that, it was pretty straight forward. The 365 AUD (about 344 USD) fee was cringeworthy but at least I could put it on a credit card thus helping me reach a spending limit for one of my travel credit cards. ***Note to self, call that credit card company and approve foreign transaction. Now I just have to wait for an answer…yikes! I’ll probably be biting my nails for the next couple of weeks, but hopefully they’ll approve. Wish me luck!
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4+ hours of intensive spanish studying today along with babysitting two of the world’s cutest nephews (the third is my sister’s boy) has wiped me out today, but I know it will be worth it when I get to Spain and can actually communicate! Double woot!
As I get closer to the end of August, I’m finding it a little hard to concentrate. There are so many things that still need to be done/figured out before I leave and I feel like I’m running out of time. I think I need to start keeping a list of what I need to do and when I need to do it by. For instance, the month before I leave, I need to contact all of my utility companies and let them know I’m moving/canceling their services soon. I need to send in my application for the Australian Work and Holiday Visa, like, yesterday (waiting on my renewed passport to get here so I can finish filling out the app). 2 weeks before I leave, I’m going to have a giant yard sale/put everything I own on craigslist.
Yea, there’s a lot to do. Unfortunately, I can’t do most of it right now. Instead, I need to focus on what I can do i.e. make money and learn Spanish.
Today I sat down and worked on the first steps that have to be completed so I can go on my RTW trip. Oh sure, I’ve started this travel blog and done a ton of research on the places I want to go, but those are things I just WANTED to do, not things I HAD to do in order to leave.
One of the main objectives I want to achieve with this travel blog is to keep a detailed record of everything I do related to my trip, including pre-trip necessities and budget. I hope that my trip transparency will take some of the stress out of planning such a big trip for other wanna-be-nomads and motivate them to go on their own adventures.
So, with that being said, here are the crucial first steps I took today!
- I made an appointment with a travel clinic so I can get the necessary immunizations (not sure how much this will run me…in the past, its ranged from $70-250 US)
- I filled and printed out a passport renewal application bc my current passport only has a few open pages left (I requested the non-standard 52 page book instead of the standard 26 page book since I’m going to a LOT of countries in the next few years) (this will be $110 US)
- I researched which of the countries I’ll be visiting in my first year of travel require a visa (only Australia…yay for being a US citizen! lol they let us in most places…)
- I printed off an Australian Work and Holiday Visa Application and Application Document Checklist (this visa will be $395 US)
Tomorrow, I’m going to go to FedEx and get a sheet of passport photos (I think it’s something like 12 photos for $20ish US). Also, hoping to get my passport renewal app sent in. Woot! So excited!
P.S. I guess I should also mention that I started acquiring some new travel items…luckily they’ve been free so far. 🙂 My parents surprised me with a new daypack (mine is literally coming apart at the seams) on their last visit and an ex-roommate gave me a bunch of clothes that she no longer wanted (including some super lightweight jeans, a tank top, grey leggings and a jacket that will be perfect for traveling!)