Travel

Our travel plans are well under way

I feel like time is going by so quickly and I still have so much to sort out for our travel plans. Lyle still needs to get his passport updated. Now I know what you’re thinking… Yes, I am going away in 7 months BUT I am moving away, like not coming back so the planning needs to begin! 

I would also like to note, I’m still working full time at home, along with blogging, seeing family as much as I can. Fitting time in to sort our travel plans has been difficult. 

Since the last time I wrote about our travel plans, we have decided a couple of important details for our trip. 

Travel Plans – The first month of our trip! 

To start the trip off, we will be flying to Malaga and renting a Campervan for the first month or so of travelling. Of course, we thought of hiring a car but it actually works out a lot cheaper! We are going with IndieCampers, they offer a great rate for one month of travelling and the size is perfect for two people. 

I’ve mapped out below the route we have decided on, started at Malaga, up to Madrid, Barcelona and finish off in Alicante. 

For most of the car hire and campervan hire places, you have to be over 25. Lucky for me, Lyle turns 25 next month. If you are thinking about travelling, I would recommend checking regulations with driving. I’ve had my license for almost 5 years and I still can’t hire a car! 

I think living and travelling in a camper van will be an amazing experience. It’s something I’ve wanted to do for a long time. Check out my camper van board on Pinterest, I’ve found a lot of inspiration! 

https://www.pinterest.co.uk/ByAliciaJ_/campervans/

My plan is to document our travels and share my tips, tricks and any bits of helpful information along the way. 

If you have any ideas or if you’ve done something similar, please reach out, I would love to get in touch! 

What we plan on doing for jobs

For the first 6-9 months, we don’t plan on working at all, which sounds like a dream. I’ve been working an office job since I was 16, and now that I’m 22 (23 when we fly) I can’t sit behind a desk for the rest of my life. I totally get it works for some people, but I need a break? Pathetic I know, but I need a break! 

I hope that by the time I reach 9 months, my blog will support us but of course, I am thinking AWAY ahead of myself. I’m great at working behind a bar with a lot of experience, so I always have my back-up. 

Blogging full time is my end goal and I really hope within two years I’ll be able to turn that into a reality. Just got to stay positive! 

Savings

I’m not one to talk about money, but I thought I would briefly mention my saving tips. I plan on saving a reasonably good amount. This is so we can live comfortably and not have to budget or worry. It’s not going to last forever, but the more we save just now, the longer we can travel without working. 

I do have some saving tips that have really helped me! 

Open a separate account: I currently use Monzo for savings. I find it super user friendly and you can set multiple “saving pots” with goal amounts. You can still access your money but it doesn’t show on your home screen. This works for me because if I can’t see it… my mind thinks I don’t have it. I’m basically a child, but it’s really helped me save over the last couple of months. 

Setting monthly and yearly goals: It’s important to realise that you can’t save the same amount each month. I’ll save 800 every single month it’s just not going to happen! Be realistic, do you have family birthdays, is there a holiday coming up? Although I’m saving, I’m trying not to skin myself. I still like to enjoy seeing my friends and going out on occasion. This isn’t always the case for everyone, but you have to work out what’s best for you. 

Stay in: This one has been very easy as Scotland is only just getting out of lockdown. I’ve been fortunate enough that I’ve been working from home the whole of lockdown. With nothing being open, it was really easy to save that little extra as I wasn’t going out for dinners, drinks etc. 

Moving Home: This was the biggest one for us. We moved into our flat last February and I honestly thought we would be staying there until we bought a house. Travelling around the world just sounded a lot better than settling down at 22 – for me. We had the opportunity to move home and I am so grateful to our parents that we are able to do that. Without it, we would never be able to save the amount we have. 

Our travel plans are still well in progress, but even just writing about it keeps me motivated. It can be hard to plan and save for a long period of time, but it’s important to remember the end goal. I can’t wait to be living it up with Lyle in sunny Spain. 

 

 

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