Category Pages For: Plans

Tips, tricks, an traps about the various preparation and planning activities that make a GRANDPAcking venture possible and / or work better.


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DECEMBER 2014: Should I Rent or Sell My House? Are you going overseas for a while and wondering whether or not to Rent or Sell your house? Here is an actual, practical review of the Rent vs Sell option… How Do I Feel About It? My instinct tells me to SELL. If I come back to New Zealand, I won’t be coming back to live in this same house… that means that I am either going to sell it now or sell it later. That makes it easy for me because it is, now, just a timing issue based on a […]

Rent or Sell Review



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DECEMBER 2014: What Is The Best Way to Get Money Whilst Overseas? Here is a practical review of your Travel Money options… THE OPTIONS: Between commissions, Credit Card surcharges, ATM Fees and other expenses, you will almost always have to pay a little extra for the privilege of exchanging one currency for another. When it comes to taking money overseas, the options are: Cash Traveller’s Cheques Credit Card ATM Card Debit Card Travel Card MY SUMMARY: There’s a lot of advice on the internet. CANSTAR do a pretty good job comparing both Credit Cards Per Se as well as NZ Rewards Cards. I’ve had […]

Travel Money Review



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OCTOBER 2014: OVERVIEW: Selling My House was a prerequisite for finalising my Getting Ready items and activities. As per My Plan, I gave away almost all of my possessions to my ex (Kathy) and my children … my children, now, have some of the best kitted out teenage flats in New Zealand. 🙂 I ended up keeping very little: No furniture what-so-ever Things of sentiment My Hi Fi System (which is awesome) Only my favourite clothes (the rest I gave to charity) What I kept fits into under 3 cubic metres of space. My friend is storing it for me free in the back […]

My House Sale



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  The Richardson Family Trust (RFT) sponsored the costs of My Vaccinations. Thank you.   SEPTEMBER 2014: Which Vaccinations Do You Need Before You Go? This is a practical review of which vaccinations you may require before embarking on a long-term overseas trip. My Vaccinations – Requirements By Country: There are several websites that provide details of what vaccinations are required / recommended for different countries. I visited a couple of them for cross reference and constructed the following summary for me: As you can see, it is possible to go totally over-board on vaccinations; you can spend over NZ$1,700 / US$1,275 / […]

Vaccinations Review