Trip Prep- 5 Days from Departure

RTW Prep

This is my parents' dining room table on a morning of trip planning.  We're 5 days away from flying to Colombia.  

Nate spent the holidays with his family in Chicago, which meant we were limited on getting a number of things done that we needed to do together.  When he flew to Atlanta December 30th, we left right away for a trip to Charlotte and Raleigh, both cities we're considering moving to when we return from our trip.

So needless to say, we still have a lot to do to wrap up our lives in the U.S. and head out.

On the to do list is:

  • Canceling credit cards we opened to get miles but are no longer using
  • Returning a few duplicate gifts from Christmas
  • Getting our PADI cards for diving in apps on our phones
  • Opening new bank accounts with low/no withdrawal fees for international transactions
  • Researching and booking a four-day Inca Trail trek to Machu Picchu
  • Reviewing our financial goals and making sure we're on track with one week left

In the next few days we'll be spending time with my family and doing a number of oh-so-fun errands like getting duplicate Passport photos made and scanning all of our important documents for our family.

One of my goals for this blog is to show an accurate portrayal of planning and taking a trip like this.  I don't think it's fair to just post photos of beautiful sunsets over this next year because that isn't the full picture of a true round the world trip.  

So here it is!  The good, the bad, the mundane planning in action.