Prepping for Long Term Travel: To Do List (300 Days to Go!)

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Here is the first draft of my to-do list.  I will be updating it as I realize I need to add things and as I cross things off.  Only 300 days to go (roughly, considering I haven’t bought my plane ticket yet) before I head to Southeast Asia.



Let’s be serious, this is the fun stuff.

Create rough route.
Explore Travel Insurance Options & select/purchase policy.
Change Name on Passport (still has married name).
Research visas for all possible countries.
Apply for Visas that must get ahead of time.
Get passport photos taken for VISA’s (have several printed).
Get  international drivers licenses.
Create packing list.
Research volunteer opportunities.
Research WWOOF opportunities.

Set up Skype accounts for family members.
Scan all documents into digital format and save to email.
Unlock iPhone.
This is the liberating stuff.  
Move out of apartment.
Sell everything via different methods.
Have a second garage sale in the spring.
Donate remaining things.
Sell 4Runner.
Gotta Tell Myself This All the Time

Gotta Tell Myself This All the Time

Get immunizations needed.
Get necessary prescriptions.
Dentist appointment.
Create a budget and savings plan.
Sign up for Charles Schwab account.
Cancel un-necessary credit cards.
Add Mom to all accounts.
Once I start making my packing list, I’ll be adding to this.
Macbook Pro (see about replacing cracked screen on current one first).
Couple External Hard Drives.
Plane Ticket.
Cancel cell phone (before leaving).
Notify bank and credit card accounts of travel plans.
Cancel or change car insurance plan.
Tell Family.
Tell Work.
Set up blog/SM accounts.
Order business cards.
Get my ass in shape/get my knee stronger post surgery.
How I Feel Sometimes

How I Feel Sometimes

What do you think of my list so far?  Anything I definitely need to add?  

Traveler. Freelance Writer. Blogger. Vegan. Risk Taker. Voice for the Voiceless.


  1. Samantha

    December 19, 2013 at 2:59 PM

    Haha that last pic is how I feel whenever I have to pack. I’m a terrible packer and it’s usually the least favorite part of traveling for me. Good to see you’re making a list though! Definitely needed for long term travel. It’ll be a good feeling once you cross off the very last thing ! 🙂

    • Ashley Hubbard

      December 19, 2013 at 5:14 PM

      Sometimes when I have so much to do, I just want to curl up and take a nap instead haha…I have a feeling that list is going to double in size before I leave, but the good thing is that it will all be over in 300 days whether I like it or not 🙂

  2. Mrs. Chasing the Donkey

    December 19, 2013 at 3:39 PM

    Oh em geee! Just tell yourself how awesome it will be when it’s all done, and you are FREEEEEEEEE!

  3. Lina @ Divergent Travelers

    December 19, 2013 at 4:46 PM

    Love it!! I especially love the photos you chose to use. There is like a huge emotional process that goes into completing a list like this! I speak from experience… 🙂

    • Ashley Hubbard

      December 19, 2013 at 5:13 PM

      Thanks! I know y’all are a lot closer to leaving than me, but I’m still extremely excited! 300 days isn’t really that long though if I think about it. I tend to think I have loads of time and then end up cramming everything at the end.

  4. Syd

    December 20, 2013 at 12:53 PM

    Ha! This is a great list. How do you unlock an iPhone? I want to figure that out…
    Also, I WWOOFed for 3 months in Spain so let me know if you wanna chat WWOOFing 🙂

    • Ashley Hubbard

      December 20, 2013 at 1:46 PM

      I’ll have to get back to you on the iPhone thing…I haven’t looked at the details yet, just know you can and that I need to.

      I’d love to talk to you about WWOOFing…I know in SE Asia it’s through the Independents website and I’ve gotten a membership so I can start researching them 🙂

      • Rachel

        December 22, 2013 at 4:22 PM

        What on earth is WWOOFing?!

        • Ashley Hubbard

          December 22, 2013 at 4:24 PM

          Ah, you probably appreciate this Rachel. WWOOF is Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms. Basically you receive room & board in exchange for labor on an organic farm 🙂

  5. Talon

    December 22, 2013 at 4:16 PM

    So great you’re getting close! I wrote a visa guide for US citizens you may be interested in. Will save you a lot of time, and it’s a pretty inexpensive ebook. 😉

    • Ashley Hubbard

      December 22, 2013 at 4:27 PM

      Yes sir, I will have to check that out. Anything to make the headache of that part simpler. It’s one of those things you don’t want to be wrong about haha…almost anything else you can wing 🙂

  6. Daniel

    December 24, 2013 at 7:22 AM

    In addition to adding your mother to your accounts, you may also want to sign over power of attorney to her. I’ve been traveling for three years and that’s the one thing I wish I had done before leaving. It might save you some headaches later.

  7. Pedro @ Travel with Pedro

    December 24, 2013 at 7:27 AM

    That’s quite a long list… No wonder you feel like “things suck” because, yes, sometimes they do! 🙂

    I’m checking opportunities on a volunteering website,, maybe that would interest you too.

    • Ashley Hubbard

      December 24, 2013 at 7:55 AM

      Thanks Pedro, I’m going to check out that site right now! I only expect that list to grow too-cross one off, add two more kinda thing…but well worth it in the end!

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