The “plan”. Ha. My philosophy has always been “If you don’t have a plan, it can’t fall apart.” But even my free spirit knows an adventure of this sort needs to have some sort of guideline to be successful. To be successful, B and I have divided the planning duties in to two parts: routes and budgeting for me; cycling needs and training for B.
Right now, our living expenses run about 1000/mo for just rent and groceries. I believe traveling should not cost more than normal life, so that’s what we’re aiming for. Plus bikes, gear, flights, and an emergency fund, I’m aiming to have 15,000 put away over the next 10 months.
Monthly travel budget: 1,000
Bikes and gear: 2,500 (the bikes themselves will come partially from personal savings)
Flights: 800 – should be able to pay for at least one with travel points.
We don’t want to come home empty handed, so I have set up a long term self-directed investing account with a 10,000 nest egg to cover living expenses for some time when (if!) we come back “home”.
If you follow our social media pages and Pinterest, you will see our decision making process as we weigh the pros and cons of Bikepacking vs. Touring, Mountain bikes or Road, cycling vs. train, and all the other fun little choices we get to make on this adventure. Each month I will post about our planned route, update you on our savings plan and purchases, and leak a little info about who we are and where we’re from!
Thanks for joining us in this adventure to somewhere,