We’ve had a few questions about what are plans will be for our stuff while we are gone. The trip started as an idea and we decided the first thing to do was to stop acquiring things to put into our house. This actually ended up paying dividends when we starting packing for the trip, simply because we didn’t have large items to put away in storage. Our couches were a little older so we were able to give them away without feeling too bad. We did keep our bedroom set, living room furniture, clothes, and kitchen items in storage at our parents house.
Bryci and I bought a house together in 2009 and quickly started working on it as soon as we bought it. The backyard was completely empty because it was a brand new home, so the first thing we did was put in a sprinkler system, built a stone patio, and installed sod. A few years later we decided to finish the basement thinking this will help the resale value of the home, and make it sell quickly. I’m still not entirely sure this was the best idea, because we didn’t purchase any furniture for the basement with the Idea we will be leaving for the trip and didn’t want to store a bunch of extra furniture. So we didn’t really spend anytime in our basement after it was finished and I’m not 100% sure how much it helped increase the price of the home. However when we decided to sell our home in October of 2015 it sold after being on the market for two weeks.
We also sold both of our vehicles before leaving for our trip, in anticipation we didn’t upgrade our vehicles before we left so both were high milage but we were still able to get a few dollars for the vehicles to put into a fund for when we get back. I also sold my dirt bike and mountain bike with hopes of getting a new replacements when we get home, lol.
One of the hardest things to do was leave our furry friend Sprocket behind. He has been with us since 2009 and is a huge part of our family. The good thing is that our parents have been awesome and are taking great care of him while we are away. He had an ACL surgery in November, but unfortunately tore his meniscus a few months later. That meant that he had to get another surgery while we were away on the first leg of our trip. This was very hard for us because we wanted to be able to help our furry friend along with recover, but we have amazing parents that are taking very good care of him while we are away. We’ve been getting updates about his progress and the doctor says he is recovering quickly, and we are so happy to get messages and videos of him playing and running again.
So when we return there will be a few things that we will need to purchase, but for the most part we have what we need to return and live comfortably.