Checklist: 27 in 27 Days

27 things we need to do before we leave for our RTW!

Things have been so busy we couldn’t even get this post out when we wanted to. Imagine this was posted December 1st, so please bare with us…

So much to do, so little of time. We’ve had a lot of time to prepare for our upcoming trip. But somehow, the moment our 30 day countdown began, the unfinished list just grew bigger and bigger. The final days are here and there are just a few final things to check off the list before we leave.

So here it is, our 27 in 27 — 27 things to do in 27 days before we depart on our round-the-world trip.

biz-card-proof 1. Pick up our passports from Travisa India. While India isn’t the first stop on our trip, nor is it the second, we plan to arrive early March just in time for Holi. And since India visa is valid for 6 months, one less thing for us to worry about while on the road.

2. Apply for Australia visa/STEP. Should be quick & easy through the Australian Electronic Travel Authority. STEP, Smart Traveler Enrollment Program is  is a free service provided by the U.S. Government to U.S. citizens who are traveling to, or living in, a foreign country. It’s always smart to be prepared in the case of an emergency.

3. Decide and purchase travel insurance. Gerard’s been back and forth on this topic for weeks. We just need to commit and apply. Evaluating World Nomads, TravelGuard or IMG Patriot.

4. Print business cards. Really close to getting them finalized!

5. Suspend/Unlock our mobile phones. I’m not willing to part with my cell phone digits. I’ve had it for over 10 years. It’s the longest, move stable relationships I’ve had. LOL. We’re going to suspend our phones and pay the $5/month fee with parkmyphone.com. Gerard’s Android is a global-ready phone, but you need to call Verizon to unlock the SIM first so you can use it internationally.

6. Watch Breaking Dawn. Gerard’s not a fan at Twilight, but I’m making him watch it whether he likes it or not.

Piggy Bank 7. Unsubscribe to email/newsletter. Mainly daily deals like Groupon, Macy’s, Kaiser newsletters. The list goes on and on (and on). You name it, I’m subscribed to it. And now it’s time to Unsubscribe. The amount of emails I get in a day is ridiculous and unecessary. The less maintenance, the better.

8. Cash in all that change. Yes, we have piggy banks and we’re going to turn all those nickels and dimes into Amazon credit through Coinstar. Every little bit counts!

9. Teach parents how to use Skype. The parents will want to keep in touch and see our faces to know that we’re still alive & kickin.

10. Book New Zealand accomos and activities. It is peak season so a few things we will need to plan ahead for.

Q haircut in Vietnam 11. Get a haircut. To make my life easier on the road, I always cut my hair short when we travel. It’s just too much maintenance otherwise. Plus, it’s summer in New Zealand!!

12. Presciption/OTC medication pick up. There’s still a few things on the list we need to pick up at the Pharmacy like some good ol’ Malaria and diarrhea pills.

13. Copies and prints.  Make copies of documents — one for home, one for the trip and a picture of our ID and passport in print and digital saved to our Dropbox. Additional passport photos for when we need to apply for visas abroad.

14. Suspend/cancel my car insurance. Since I won’t be around driving my car, there’s no point in paying for insurance. I’ll just notify my agent and inform her of the details.

15.  Taxes. We need to file for an extension so we have until October to turn in our tax return.

G working out at Mekong coconut factory 16. Workout. We’ll be spending a fair amount on many beaches next year. So need to have beach bods ready! It’s also good for overall better health!

17. Stock up on make-up. Must take advantage on the Corporate discount while I still have it. A year supply of foundation will do!

18. Buy a new camera lens. Debating between Tamron 17-50mm 2.8 vs Nikkor 35mm 1.8. Have 1 week to test both and then decide.

19. Prep new travel laptop. The Acer Aspire TimelineX 11.6″ just arrived and now we’ll need to remove bloatware and install software on it for photo editing, blogging, etc.

20. Download travel apps. Anybody got any good recommendations for iOS or Android? This probably deserves its own post sometime.

Milan-subway 21. Practice photography. We’ll want some good photos on this trip, so we’ll either need to read up on photography books or go on some photo sessions. Or we can just practice on the road. :)

22. Notify credit cards companies/Set auto-pay. It’s always good to call your credit card company or bank to give them a heads up about your travel so they don’t decline any transactions abroad. I still have a car payment and school loan to pay so will need to set those up on auto-pay.

23. Avoid getting sick at all cost. We have a track record of coming down with the flu right before a big trip. It never fails.. until now (I hope).

24. Download driving music for New Zealand road trip. We’ll be road trippin’ New Zealand from North to South Island for one month. That’s a lot of driving with just god-knows-what-radio-musicNew Zealand has if any.

25. Test pack. I’ve only test packed in my head. So far, so good. Haha. The true test begins as soon as we get everything together all under one roof.

26. Eat lots of Mexican food. Where we’re going, we may not have the chance to. At least not as good as from home in San Jose, CA!

27.Plan a kick-ass going away party. A proper send off and a great excuse to get everyone together in one place before we leave. Mark your calendars – Thursday 12/22. Location TBD.

 

Any other last-minute tips you have to help prep for a big trip?

 

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  • http://twitter.com/TravelBCouple TravelBudgetCouple

    Woohoo!!! You guys are ready. That’s awesome!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Gerard ~ GQtrippin

      27 steps from being ready. haha. I’m sure I’m going to hate Twilight too

  • TravelBudgetCouple

    Woohoo!!! You guys are ready. That’s awesome!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Gerard ~ GQtrippin

      27 steps from being ready. haha. I’m sure I’m going to hate Twilight too

  • http://www.50plusandontherun.com 50+ and on the Run

    Sounds exciting! Love NZ so much–sure you will, too. Good luck.

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Gerard ~ GQtrippin

      We’ve heard so many great things about NZ. Most common adjective used: BEAUTIFUL. Can’t wait! Thanks for trippin’ by!

  • http://www.50plusandontherun.com 50+ and on the Run

    Sounds exciting! Love NZ so much–sure you will, too. Good luck.

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Gerard ~ GQtrippin

      We’ve heard so many great things about NZ. Most common adjective used: BEAUTIFUL. Can’t wait! Thanks for trippin’ by!

  • Anonymous

    Good list! I’ve been super happy with World Nomads for travel insurance (so much so that I’m an affiliate…hint hint! :) I also always keep a paper copy of my passport in each of my suitcases–it has proved its helpfulness when I lost one–and a photo of it on my iPhone and in my dropbox. Good luck on wrapping everything up!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Gerard ~ GQtrippin

      We’ll take that into consideration. *wink wink. Oh yeah. We need to take photos of our passports so we have a soft copy also. Thanks for the reminder!

  • camorose

    Good list! I’ve been super happy with World Nomads for travel insurance (so much so that I’m an affiliate…hint hint! :) I also always keep a paper copy of my passport in each of my suitcases–it has proved its helpfulness when I lost one–and a photo of it on my iPhone and in my dropbox. Good luck on wrapping everything up!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Gerard ~ GQtrippin

      We’ll take that into consideration. *wink wink. Oh yeah. We need to take photos of our passports so we have a soft copy also. Thanks for the reminder!

  • http://twitter.com/purplekat99 Becs

    Pshah! NZ has some great radio stations! And one thing I love while traveling is listening to whatever music the locals are listening to. Most of the time it’s the same as America (or older, which is really fun!) or sometimes it’s new stuff that we haven’t heard yet, which is my favorite! Plus, local artists you won’t find anywhere else, so much fun.

    But then, I am a total radio whore, I love it all.

    Can’t wait to to read about New Zealand!!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Gerard ~ GQtrippin

      Thanks Becs. That’s what I was hoping to hear. Heard NZ has some great Reggae too. I love Katchafire.

  • http://twitter.com/purplekat99 Becs

    Pshah! NZ has some great radio stations! And one thing I love while traveling is listening to whatever music the locals are listening to. Most of the time it’s the same as America (or older, which is really fun!) or sometimes it’s new stuff that we haven’t heard yet, which is my favorite! Plus, local artists you won’t find anywhere else, so much fun.

    But then, I am a total radio whore, I love it all.

    Can’t wait to to read about New Zealand!!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Gerard ~ GQtrippin

      Thanks Becs. That’s what I was hoping to hear. Heard NZ has some great Reggae too. I love Katchafire.

  • http://www.beforeiam35.com/ Tobias

    Poor Gerard having to to sit through that hideous Twilight movie… 😉

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Gerard ~ GQtrippin

      Poor Gerard indeed. The last 2 were pure torture.

  • http://www.beforeiam35.com/ Tobias

    Poor Gerard having to to sit through that hideous Twilight movie… 😉

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Gerard ~ GQtrippin

      Poor Gerard indeed. The last 2 were pure torture.

  • http://twitter.com/SanJoseFoodBlog San Jose Love

    Hey G and Q, I work with Dee and she just told me about your blog. You two are so brave! A career travel break is totally what I want to do. While you’re gone, I’m definitely going to be reading some of your past posts. great blog and have a safe trip!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Gerard ~ GQtrippin

      You definitely should. Meet Plan Go is a good resource for people looking to take a career break. Totally inspired me. Cool foodie blog you have! Ngoc! We’re all about food close to home. :) We have lots of catching up to do from our past travels, I wonder if we’ll ever have time to get to them. In the mean time, be sure to follow us on twitter or facebook so you can stay updated. Thanks for trippin’ by!

      • http://twitter.com/SanJoseFoodBlog San Jose Love

        oh yeah, I also met my husband through a mutual friend, at a club. :)

  • San Jose Food Blog

    Hey G and Q, I work with Dee and she just told me about your blog. You two are so brave! A career travel break is totally what I want to do. While you’re gone, I’m definitely going to be reading some of your past posts. great blog and have a safe trip!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Gerard ~ GQtrippin

      You definitely should. Meet Plan Go is a good resource for people looking to take a career break. Totally inspired me. Cool foodie blog you have! Ngoc! We’re all about food close to home. :) We have lots of catching up to do from our past travels, I wonder if we’ll ever have time to get to them. In the mean time, be sure to follow us on twitter or facebook so you can stay updated. Thanks for trippin’ by!

      • San Jose Food Blog

        oh yeah, I also met my husband through a mutual friend, at a club. :)

  • http://www.scenewithahart.com Fidel Hart

    I like side B of the biz card. Its you… well, the both of you. Definitely go with the B side.

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Gerard ~ GQtrippin

      Thanks Fidel. We asked our folks on FB and it was unanimous on B

  • http://www.scenewithahart.com/ Fidel

    I like side B of the biz card. Its you… well, the both of you. Definitely go with the B side.

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Gerard ~ GQtrippin

      Thanks Fidel. We asked our folks on FB and it was unanimous on B

  • http://www.scenewithahart.com Fidel Hart

    Oh and aside from Cali and Mexico, I haven’t found any good Mexican food overseas. You won’t even like the guacamole you get overseas. I’m craving some authentic carne asada G.

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Gerard ~ GQtrippin

      I had a feeling… oh well, hopefully the Asian food will be THAT much better to make up for it.

  • http://www.scenewithahart.com/ Fidel

    Oh and aside from Cali and Mexico, I haven’t found any good Mexican food overseas. You won’t even like the guacamole you get overseas. I’m craving some authentic carne asada G.

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Gerard ~ GQtrippin

      I had a feeling… oh well, hopefully the Asian food will be THAT much better to make up for it.

  • http://nomadicsamuel.com Nomadic Samuel

    It’s really smart you’re getting the India Visas early. It’s not the easiest visa to obtain once you’re overseas and I had to postpone a flight because I couldn’t get mine done on time! HA

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Gerard ~ GQtrippin

      hah. Yeah, that’s exactly what we’re trying to avoid. Hopefully we don’t need to get too many Visa’s along the road. Have you been to China? I wonder how hard it is to get their Visa while abroad.

  • http://nomadicsamuel.com Nomadic Samuel

    It’s really smart you’re getting the India Visas early. It’s not the easiest visa to obtain once you’re overseas and I had to postpone a flight because I couldn’t get mine done on time! HA

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Gerard ~ GQtrippin

      hah. Yeah, that’s exactly what we’re trying to avoid. Hopefully we don’t need to get too many Visa’s along the road. Have you been to China? I wonder how hard it is to get their Visa while abroad.

  • Anonymous

    Nice work, sound like you guys are going on your RTW trip at the same time as me. January 1? Although you are coming to Australia and I am leaving it!

    I cashed in all my change yesterday and got $350. Casino? :)

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Gerard ~ GQtrippin

      We fly out to NZ on the 27th. We get into OZ on Australia Day. Where you heading after OZ? I’ll be lucky if we get 1/5 of what you got from the casino. =P

      • http://www.solojunket.com Wayne – Solo Junket

        I have lived in Australia the last 11 years, and in New Zealand the 16 years before that, so if you have any questions I can probably help out haha.

        SE Asia, Nepal and South America for me next year, I don’t get back until mid November 2012.

  • http://www.solojunket.com Wayne – Solo Junket

    Nice work, sound like you guys are going on your RTW trip at the same time as me. January 1? Although you are coming to Australia and I am leaving it!

    I cashed in all my change yesterday and got $350. Casino? :)

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Gerard ~ GQtrippin

      We fly out to NZ on the 27th. We get into OZ on Australia Day. Where you heading after OZ? I’ll be lucky if we get 1/5 of what you got from the casino. =P

      • http://www.solojunket.com Wayne – Solo Junket

        I have lived in Australia the last 11 years, and in New Zealand the 16 years before that, so if you have any questions I can probably help out haha.

        SE Asia, Nepal and South America for me next year, I don’t get back until mid November 2012.

  • http://www.1000fights.com 1000 Fights

    so excited for you guys!!!!!!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Kieu – GQ trippin

      Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeek!

  • http://www.1000fights.com 1000 Fights

    so excited for you guys!!!!!!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeek!

  • http://twitter.com/dianalynnnguyen Diana

    Sounds like you guys are prepared for your big adventure. In regards to #21, just practice on the road. 😉

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Gerard ~ GQtrippin

      Yeah. Pretty sure there are going to be some great locations to ‘practice’ where we’re going. =) Thanks for trippin’ by Diana!

  • http://twitter.com/dianalynnnguyen Diana

    Sounds like you guys are prepared for your big adventure. In regards to #21, just practice on the road. 😉

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Gerard ~ GQtrippin

      Yeah. Pretty sure there are going to be some great locations to ‘practice’ where we’re going. =) Thanks for trippin’ by Diana!

  • http://www.crazysexyfuntraveler.com/ Crazy sexy fun traveler

    Have u seen the Breaking Dawn already? Have to download it finally 😀

  • http://www.crazysexyfuntraveler.com/ Crazy sexy fun traveler

    Have u seen the Breaking Dawn already? Have to download it finally 😀

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