16 weeks and a million things to do

by Kim on February 1, 2012 · 32 comments

16 Weeks Until Departure: An Update

We leave to travel the world in 16 weeks.  16 weeks! 16 weeks is nothing.  16 weeks is so totally almost here.  

Emotionally, I’m in a really great place.  I dworry and stress and second-guess sometimes, but 98% of the time I’m just plain excited.  Whenever I stop and focus on it, I can actually feel an aura of joy inside of my chest.  It has a weight to it and a flip-floppy feeling, similar to falling in love. 

Mentally, I feel crazier than a shit-house rat.  I make dozens of to-do lists every day.  I make lists of my lists.  I wake up at 3am and scribble notes into the tablet next to my bed:

Shimla, India!     wool socks?     read Little Bee    AAA membership?  

Such are the scattered thoughts that roll through my head at all hours of the day and night, a scrolling marquee sign that I can’t turn off.

But you know what?  It’s fun.

This isn’t my to-do list, but it could be.  Photo by koalazymonky, Flickr creative commons


To give you a glimpse into our life at the moment, below is an incomplete inventory of the balls we’re juggling:

Car Talk’s Got Nothing On Us

Our 17 year old car is undergoing some serious maintenance in hopes that she’ll survive our 10,000 mile road trip.  In the past month she’s received new tires, windshield, muffler and CV joints.  Up next: brakes, radio and electrical work.

Event Planning

Our going-away party is beginning to feel just a tiny bit like a second wedding.  We have to apply for a park permit and a liquor permit.  We need to send invitations and make music playlists.  We’re even already crossing our fingers for nice weather.

But I Eat an Apple Every Day!

In the past weeks I’ve been poked and prodded in places I’d prefer not to think about.  I’ve had my blood drawn, my eyes dilated and my freckles studied.  Ensuring that we are in tip-top shape is non-negotiable, especially since we’ll be taking off into the great unknown with an insurance deductible so high it might be mistaken for somebody’s college tuition.

Speaking of…

We still need to purchase an insurance policy.

Revealing Our Travel Plans at Work

Just last week, Brian told his job about our travel plans (my job has known all along).  I’ll write about this in more detail later, but the impending reveal was causing a lot of stress in our lives, and it was a huge weight off of both of us, especially Brian, when it was over.

The Devil is in the Details

And then there’s the details to think about: moving out of our apartment, forwarding our mail, selling the rest of our stuff, applying for backcountry permits, determining what to pack, figuring out when we need VISA’s, researching what we don’t want to miss in each of the South American countries we’ll be visiting.  On top of all of that, we’ve begun to plan the insane and exciting third leg of our trip (first leg: U.S. road trip, second leg: five months in South America) which I will tell you more about in the coming months.


We’ve reached 97% of our savings goal and anticipate we’ll hit 100% by mid-February.  After that, all extra savings will just keep us on the road longer.  I still can’t believe we finally made it.  Years and years and years of work and now we’re at the starting line.  We are thrilled and blessed.



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Bethany ~ twoOregonians February 1, 2012 at 12:12 pm

YAY!!! My heart is so happy for you guys. Round of applause on the savings goal and cheers to you both for getting the news out in the open at Brian’s work. These last few weeks are going to fly by, and you’ll be thanking yourself for the time you spent on mental notes and planning – and you’ll be thanking yourself for finally kissing it all goodbye living brilliantly in the moment *on the road*!


Kim February 1, 2012 at 7:39 pm

Thanks you guys!!! Following your adventure has been getting us VERY excited about our own adventure. We can’t wait!! 🙂


Amy February 1, 2012 at 12:43 pm

I am feeling your excitement!!!! I am so so happy for you both!


Kim February 1, 2012 at 7:39 pm

Thank you Amy 🙂 I’m so glad we’ll get to see you in NYC!


Elizabeth Bird February 1, 2012 at 1:07 pm

This is so exciting! I can’t wait to read about it as you start traveling.


Kim February 1, 2012 at 7:40 pm

So exciting!!! I can’t wait to start writing about our experiences while travel (it is definitely TIME!)


Jason February 1, 2012 at 6:14 pm

A beer or three helps! 🙂


Kim February 1, 2012 at 7:40 pm

Yes, I am very familiar with that remedy. 🙂


Jaclyn February 1, 2012 at 6:39 pm

Kim-I’m so excited for you! It must be amazing feeling to see all your hard work coming together.


Kim February 1, 2012 at 7:40 pm

It feels amazing!!! Thank you so much. Man, just 16 more weeks. It feels so close but time also seems to be moving veeeerrrrryyyyyy ssssslllloooooowwwwlllyyy.


Gillian @OneGiantStep February 1, 2012 at 7:15 pm

16 weeks will fly by!! I bet you can taste it. So glad it went well for Brian – can’t wait to hear more. Yay!!


Kim February 1, 2012 at 7:41 pm

I sure hope so Gillian. Time is crawling- it’s like the days before Christmas as a kid 🙂 I know it will be here in a flash. I’m trying to just really appreciate and enjoy this anticipatory period.


Lauren February 1, 2012 at 7:51 pm

Little Bee is such a great book! Definitely cross that of of your to-do list.
Reading this post made me feel giddy about travel. Look forward to reading more as you get even closer to departure!


Kim February 1, 2012 at 7:54 pm

I will! One of the fun things is building my reading list. I can’t wait to have time to read whatever I want!!


Kirsten Lodge February 1, 2012 at 8:28 pm

Wow. You are so almost, nearly, just about there! Hopefully mine isn’t too far behind! No matter what happens it will all get done… Good luck with your last minute planning, Kim!


Kim February 1, 2012 at 8:35 pm

So close! So close! I hope that yours isn’t too far behind too. Cheers to both of us on getting there.


Hannah February 2, 2012 at 3:40 am

Kim, I feel flooded with glee reading this – I am just so happy and excited for you and Brian. I just know this is your journey to greatness and I can’t wait to read along. 16 weeks to EPIC. Much love xxx


Kim February 2, 2012 at 7:42 pm

Thank you Hannah!!! I predict many amazing adventures for both of us!


Sarahsomewhere February 2, 2012 at 7:05 am

I feel your pain, even though it’s a good one!!! And the lists!! What would we do without the lists?! I thought I was so organized, yet we are three days out with two cars to sell, and I’m nursing a new tooth filling and a sore arm from my Typhoid jab today. The crazy thing is, we will get all done! I just know it, and you will too! Third leg, yeeeeehaaaa!!!!!!


Kim February 2, 2012 at 7:42 pm

Yes, it will all get done!!! Third legggggg!!!!!!


JoAnn February 2, 2012 at 7:31 am

I have butterflies in my stomach for you! This is so exciting and you have no idea how inspirational your blog is.

We are so ready for that going away party!


Kim February 2, 2012 at 7:43 pm

Thanks Jo 🙂 The party will be so fun but sad too. We’re really going to miss you guys 🙁


Nima Heydarian February 2, 2012 at 5:44 pm

Are you kidding me? I’m doing one month cross U.S. Canada in May and starting a South America trip in August.

Best of luck to you guys.


Kim February 2, 2012 at 7:44 pm

Where are you starting in South America?? Maybe we’ll see you on the road!


Ali February 3, 2012 at 12:18 am

So exciting!!!


Kim February 3, 2012 at 8:07 am

Thanks Ali! Sooooo exciting!!


Rhonda February 3, 2012 at 7:38 am

WOW… only 16 weeks to go, time is going to fly by but what an exciting time it will be! Can’t wait to hear more about it tomororw;)


Kim February 3, 2012 at 8:08 am

Thanks Rhonda! I can’t wait to talk more about it tomorrow and hear more of your stories (and eat that delicious food). See you then!


Tina February 3, 2012 at 9:04 pm

It’s so much fun to read your blog as it reminds me of what we needed to accomplish prior to moving to China.

You will have other obstacles to overcome, but it’s so exciting to plan for travel, and that’s why I LOVE it.

We made “death cards” and not as horrible as it sounds, but while living in China, we came to the realization that should anything happen to us (together) what would become of us?

We keep these laminated cards with our closest contacts, should anyone find us and need to call the next of kin. Morbid yes, but it’s also a reality.

Also, take extra photography classes. It’s always worth learning more.

Good luck, and will love reading your adventures.


Kim February 4, 2012 at 10:58 am

Hi Tina,

We have thought about this reality. Do you keep the laminated cards on you at all time?

Also, Brian is going to take a photography class! I’m beginning to see just how much we’ll want to take amazing photos of all we see.


Tina February 5, 2012 at 7:46 pm


Yes- We keep them in our wallets, just in case.

You may want to consider a book of your photos from your experiences. It will be a wonderful memory for you and Brian, along with your blog.



Kim February 5, 2012 at 7:48 pm

Another good idea! Thank you for sharing 🙂


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