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Well, after a few months of planning, building, changing our minds, making mistakes, and learning, our van – a.k.a. The Luggage, is almost ready to go!

We started with this:

And we have now transformed it into this:

It has been a very big learning curve! We’ve learnt so many new skills – and have made a lot of mistakes along the way. We’re so close to leaving now, but we just have a few last-minute changes/adjustments to make to The Luggage before it’s totally ready to go.

Everything we want to take fits in easily, which was quite a pleasant surprise!

One tip – if  you ever decide to do this, make sure you use proper drinking water hose instead of garden hose – it will save you a lot of yucky water. One of the very many lessons we have learnt so far…

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Well, the Aussie leg of our trip is going to be slightly longer than we originally planned!

Nick is currently applying for an Aussie residency visa, and they told us that he can’t be out of the country for any length of time while the visa is being processed… and it can take up to 6 months! So, we’ve decided to spend a bit more time travelling Oz first…

And so, we’ve now decided to sort ourselves out a campervan! We’ve looked at the options, and decided to buy an empty van and fit it out ourselves. Now, I am lucky to have a mechanical/engineering type Dad who can help us with planning and building the fit-out, so it will be a cool project we can work on as a family.

We are just doing the research at the moment – deciding which van to buy, and how much we’re willing to spend. We’re leaning towards a Long Wheel Base Ford Transit at the moment. They’re a little more expensive, but have a lot more room than smaller, less expensive vans. And when you’re considering something you may live in for 6 months or so, a little bit more space is always a good thing!

I’ll keep you all updated on our progress.

We’re both really keen to have the freedom and comfort that our own van would provide. The ability to get up in the morning and ask the question – “where do we want to go today?” Ahhhh…..

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November 2009 – the start of it all!

The decision has been made – we are setting of on the adventure of our lives in 2010. At least 9 months of travelling, covering Australia, Europe and the UK.

Now the hard part begins. We have to clean out and pack up a house and garage (and garden!) full of stuff!!! I have moved so  many times over the last 10 years, that I have an accumulation of crap that I’ve never quite sorted out. The aim is to really sort through it all this time and be ruthless… I guess we’ll see how that goes ;P

We’ve decided on a basic itinerary. January – mid-March will be travelling through Australia, visiting friends and seeing places neither of us have been. This includes visiting Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Adelaide and Perth! We plan on doing a week’s road trip between both Brisbane and Sydney, and Melbourne and Adelaide (The Great Ocean Road!).

Mid-March to October-ish will be the European leg of our trip. That’s a bit hazy at the moment, though I do have so many places whizzing around in my mind that I want to visit!

I’ve got 12 days left of my job now, and my brain still hasn’t caught up to the fact that I’m not going to be working after that for a good long while. No doubt I’ll have an ‘a-ha’ moment soon though…

This is surely going to be one of the longest honeymoons in history!

– Jess

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