Sigh, I’ll never get this all done…

21 Jan

OK, we’ve bought the tickets, an event so exciting I was smiling for days. Now I feel slightly weird, there really is no going back (barring anything covered by insurance of course). It really is time I got on with organising stuff, sadly a lot of it’s rather boring. I guarantee that anything fun will get done first, infact I’ve already started on the hotel booking front. I really should be spending more time talking to estate agents…here goes:

House
Fix front path
Decorate
Fix bed handyman booked
Kitchen light
Get trellis put up handyman booked
New hearth
Get estate agents round for quotes and advice
Decide on estate agent to rent and manage house while we’re away
Gas safety cert
Electricity safety cert

Admin
Cancel Sky
Cancel phone and broadband
Cancel subscriptions/memberships
Sort out arrangement for redirection and opening/binning of post My mother’s offerred
Open accounts with nationwide
Find out what to do about steve’s national insurance
Child benefit?
Council tax?
Cancel electricity and gas
Tax return

School & schooling
Write to headteachers informing them of our plans and asking for a meeting to discuss schooling and reapplication to school on return Meeting in September
Research education websites
Buy school materials (Letts books etc)

Medical
Research vaccinations for places we are visiting
Have vaccinations
Visit GP to discuss regular prescriptions and anything else we need to be aware of
Visit dentist for check up and advice
First Aid Kit

Visas and passports
Research which countries we need visas for
Get any visas we can before departure
Check all our passports will be valid for 6 months after we return (condition for visiting Japan)
Renew Edward’s passport
Get spare passport pics for visa applications that need doing after we leave
Make copies of passports and Visas. One copy safe at home, one copy hidden in our back packs

Gear
Get the children new backpacks (Deuter)
Swimming costumes for all
Children’s clothes (where necessary)
Children’s shoes
Check we have enough money belts, travel towels etc

Electronics

Research netbooks, portable hard drives, DVD drives etc and decide what to get
Get DVD drive and cheap netbook
Get another iPod?
Decide what to do about phones (buy sim cards in each country, or keep contracts?)
Set up grandparents and friends with Skype and send change of email address messages

Belongings
Sell car (if anyone’ll have it)
Have clear out of toys, books, clothes and other belongings, selling/giving as much away as possible
Get boxes
Pack up all our personal belongings
Store in basement

Travel
Book hotel in LA (Howard Johnson Anaheim)
Book condos in Maui, Big Island and Oahu
Book rental cars in Hawaii
Research what else can be bought/booked in advance (Japan Rail Pass, Australia & NZ accomodation/car rental during school hols?)
Email dates to family we are staying with in NZ

When everything is crossed off, we’ll be ready to go. Gulp.

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8 Responses to “Sigh, I’ll never get this all done…”

  1. Paula 21/01/2010 at 4:14 pm #

    one crossed off – looks like you’ve made a good start! Very envious, sounds like it’s going to be one hell of a trip….

    Good Luck!

    Px

  2. Elisa 23/01/2010 at 12:25 pm #

    That’s quite a to-do list! Impressive, just like the trip you are about to take. So exciting!

    Do you happen to have Switzerland in your list of countries to visit? me, on, pass by. Zurich is very pretty, especially in Spring and Fall.

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 23/01/2010 at 8:43 pm #

      We live in London, and have decided to only visit places that are on the other side of the world. We went to Switzerland this summer and loved it, so I’m sure we’ll go back again one day.

  3. Jennifer 23/01/2010 at 12:32 pm #

    That’s a great list! We’re planning on a similar trip (from Australia) at about the same time (children will be 9 and 7), and you are way ahead of us, if that makes you feel better. We’re still trying to get the itinerary nailed down…

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 23/01/2010 at 8:46 pm #

      We’ve had this itinerary pretty much nailed down for a couple of years, because very early on we decided to only visit places that are as far from Britain as possible. As for booking tickets, I have a very dear friend in Auckland, who we really wanted to spend Christmas with, and I was advised that the December flights to that part of the world get booked up really quickly.

  4. Mummy Mania 23/01/2010 at 2:16 pm #

    Now, I am a lover of lists – and THAT is a list I would love on my fridge! Good luck

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 23/01/2010 at 8:47 pm #

      Thanks!

  5. Kelly 24/01/2010 at 10:20 pm #

    If that list was mine I would never sleep! Great though, I am happily following your progress from the sidelines.

    If you have time, and want to add it to your list I have tagged you on my blog. Feel free to ignore if it is one thing too many! http://youfoundkelshidingplace.blogspot.com/2010/01/best-things-in-2010-are-free.html

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