Friday 23rd 3.01pm So, car insurance, yeah… where do I start?! Quick google search seemed to bring up worldwide car HIRE insurance so I figured that wasn’t right. I decided to give an insurer a ring. I decided on Axa as I’d spoken to them in the past and as they were big I thought there’d be a good chance of them selling it. Unfortunately no, they said they can provide European cover for 90 days but that was it. They also mentioned Green cards (what?!?! Note to self – research green cards!!) Then they told me to google it… Great, thanks for that lol!!
Saturday 11pm On my second google I came across this article http://www.wikihow.com/Travel-the-World-by-Car which although didn’t answer my question it did throw up some questions I hadn’t thought of so will now add to my list of things to research and do. So the newly added items are
1) First aid training
2) Get an international driving licence
3) Find out about car registration for countries outside of Europe
4) Get carnet de passage (if you’re applying for one from the UK you need to go here http://www.carseurope.net/carnet-de-passage-en-douanes-cpd/
11.15pm So I’m googling, googling, googling and I’m not sure this is the best way of getting round the world… most people seem to recommend local transport…some bloggers were convinced they were going to die driving in some international destinations…that definitely isn’t in my plan!!! Still can’t easily find out how we’re going to insure the car! Argh!! Can anyone help?? Tell me where to look??? Will keep looking…
11.21pm – Have just discovered if we want to drive in China we’ll need a Chinese drivers license!!
11.23pm – Think we’re going to need to get a portable breathalyser… and reflective jacket, a hazard triangle, headlamp converters, a first aid kit – and to we’ll need display a GB sticker… getting all this info from https://www.moneysupermarket.com/car-insurance/articles/car-insurance-around-the-world/
11.31pm You can’t drive a dirty car in Moscow?!!? Random! Yeah, that’s something that might get us in trouble, we’re not really known for having an immaculate car!!!
11.35pm ooooh! Found a useful article! https://www.confused.com/on-the-road/driving-abroad/guide-to-driving-abroad tells me that to get an international drivers licence it will cost £5.50 from the Post Office, AA or RAC…wonder how long they last???
11.37pm Found a website that explains Green Cards!! https://www.mib.org.uk/making-a-claim/accidents-in-the-uk-involving-a-foreign-registered-vehicle/green-card-system-explained/
11.39pm Too tired to keep looking but will carry on as soon as I can!!
So apart from car insurance (lol!) we just have lots and lots of questions…what route should we take? How will we travel? What do we do about the children’s’ education? How do we manage our youngests condition without easy access to the NHS? How are we going to fund it? What happens to the house? What will we do when we come back? What would we do if we broke down in the middle of nowhere? There will be more and more questions that come up along the way which we will share with you as we tackle them and just hope that none of them are going to be things that stop us from achieving this!!
So! So far we’re just scouring blogs, trying to find out what other people are doing and whether we can re-create it in our own kinda way x Tbh lots of them that we have found are either solo travellers or rich families. Of which we’re neither so we’re still searching!! Let us know in the comments if you know of a blog we should be keeping an eye on!
We did find on one blog about WWOOF (wwoof.org.uk) Worldwide Opportunities On Organic Farms. This can be a way of getting round the globe and keeping your costs down. I signed up to this on Monday. I’m going to see if me and the boys can volunteer relatively close to home at some point over the summer holidays so that we can get a feel as to what we would be doing if we volunteered abroad. You pay either £20 for a single membership or £30 for a joint. We’ve gone for a joint membership so that we can both volunteer at some point. There does seem to be other volunteering opportunities available too so I need to look into those but for now I’ll concentrate on this. I’ve now contacted 11 farms within a 2 hour drive to see if any of them are prepared to let one adult with 4 children volunteer on their farm…I’ve already had 2 no’s!! To be honest I can see why we wouldn’t be an appealing prospect, just got to find someone who’s willing to take a chance!! Maybe later on in the year my husband can volunteer too and then we might seem like a better option!
Oh my life!! Can you believe it!! As I’ve been typing this and searching for motor maintenance courses I’ve had a reply from a farm and she thinks we may be able to help her!! EEK!!! How exciting!! Will keep you posted!
At the moment, we think we’re going to drive ourselves round as opposed to hiring a car or getting local transport but again, this may change. As I briefly mentioned above I’m going to see if I can sort some kind of vehicle maintenance course so that I can at the very least change a tyre!! A man has replied to say he could show me the basics of classic maintenance which would be fantastic as we have a beat up old MGB, she’s 45 years old and has no interior but I love her!! Will see how this progresses!
I have also had a brief chat with our sons Teacher of the Deaf, she thinks we could possibly be issued with a spare set of hearing aids and a years supply of batteries for our adventures. We obviously will look into this properly but at least the seed has been planted!
Today I have also started to look at home-schooling groups to see if I can get any information on these and the best way to tend to the children’s educational needs. Now I’ll have a look at that car insurance….
Blimey! It’s good job we have about 1124 days to plan all this!
We’ve decided that to stay focused we should have at least a weekly “planning meeting” where we pick a topic research it then come back to each other with what we found… I said to my husband “why don’t you go first! What shall we research…?” You know what he said?? Car insurance. Yep. We’re planning an exciting round the world trip and he wants the finer details on car insurance 😂 Well why not I suppose! Will keep you posted with our findings!!x