Obligations at Home
Although you will leave home to hit the road, there are some things at home to keep in mind. It depends on your home country, the length of your travel, if you plan to return at all and of course, if you prefer to keep or to get rid of stuff. We give you some information for your trip planning and your obligations at home.
We recommend to keep some kind of home base. It doesn’t need to be your (former) place of residence but any kind of address with someone who can take care of some things. Almost always, you need to have a mail address. Or at least, it helps a lot to have one. For keeping your bank account, for receiving bills or other official documents. Besides having a mail address, having someone who can open and send a scan to you is important, as well. She or he could also help out with organizing (and sending) spare parts or visa.
In our case, we both changed our place of resident to our parents place. They also send us our mail (by email) and answer to mail if necessary.
There are several options, depending on your job, when leaving for a (longer) trip:
Quitting vs. unpaid leave vs. sabbatical work contracts (increasingly favorable).
Anna quit her job, Heiner is on an unpaid leave. Easy as that.
But still, Anna had to deal with the German employment agency, so she doesn’t need to show up to job interviews or the like.
Running costs at home
Our advice: keep the running costs at home as low as possible to travel as long as possible.
That said, you have the options of quitting your (rented) apartment, give it to intermediate rent, sell your house or rent it out. Except, you are super rich and can afford to travel and keep a house for yourself!
But also consider to speak to your bank, in case you have a loan on your place!
If you decide to sell or quit your place, you can also think about storing vs selling the furniture. Will you prefer to keep it, so you don’t have to buy it again when you are back? Do you prefer to sell it to save storage costs, and to have more money to travel?
Another advice by us: Get rid of everything that you cannot take with you and what will be worth a lot less when you’re back. This means, for example, vehicles (car, (motor-)bikes) and electronics (TV, Computers…).
Quit your mobile phone contract or get a prepaid card (to keep your local number).
Lower your insurance spendings:
personal pension plan: quitting/reducing
own-occupation disability insurance: quitting/reducing
health insurance (check our post about emergencies and insurances)
Contact to home base/family/friends
Although there are many travel blogs out there, besides information for other travelers, it is a nice way of staying in contact with your loved ones at home.
We prefer to write a newsletter (check out here or get subscribed above!) but any kind of blog/Facebook page or the like is helpful to keep in touch, and also to remember your trip when you are old and wise.
What did we forget on our list of obligations at home? Let us know and just leave a comment!