Tour du monde de quelques mois, voyage au long cours, en van, en sac à dos, à dos de mulet, en trottinette électrique ou à vélo… Prendre le large est souvent un choix longuement mûri et rares are those who just slam the door of their homes without a minimum of organization.
Going on an adventure requires "a little" preparation / upstream management, especially from an administrative point of view and often it takes time ...
But have you thought of everything? Papers, vaccines, lease ... here is a small list of things to think about before leaving and we have to manage before taking the plunge.
Of course, this list is to adapt according to the plans of each (destinations, durations, family situation, etc.).
We have tried to rank all of this in order of priority in terms of timing, that is to say things to predict several months in advance, until those you can almost manage at the last moment.
At the time of all digital and paperless make sure you dematerialize everything you can.
A priori you say to yourself, I would not have put that first ... But yet, the earlier you go, the less likely you are to forget to dematerialize a shipment.
With each document received in paper format before your departure you will have to look to see if it is possible to have it directly via the online space of this or that administration.
Also take stock of all the papers you have received over the past year (normally you had to keep your important papers in a file cabinet or in a closet corner if you are a minimum organized).
Connect to the online accounts of the different organizations and go check the box "zero paper", "sending documents by email", etc ...
Quasiment tous les organismes publics ou privés proposent désormais l’option. Vous pouvez même parfois activer l’option pour les courriers normalement envoyés en recommandé avec signature et faire une signature électronique en voyage. Oui, ça existe et c’est de plus en plus répandu !
It is still the base when you travel, in most cases it must be valid for a period of 6 months after your arrival on site.
Whether you plan to travel to one or more countries, check that it is valid for the duration of your trip + 6 months otherwise have it done again.
If you have visas whose expiry date is later than your passport, ask to keep your old passport to keep your visas.
You will need to travel with both your passports and present the one that is valid at all times, plus the one in which there is a particular visa for the country concerned.
Remember to take it in advance, depending on the period and your area it may take several months ...
Depending on which country or countries you are going to visit, you will need to obtain a visa from the embassy of the said country.
Again, take it well in advance, because it can take several months to get an appointment, and still several weeks before having your stamp on your passport.
In our case, for example we asked for the visa B2 for the USA which allows to stay 6 months on the spot.
(We were asked a lot about that so we'll talk about it in another article later.)
Pour celui-ci, il faut remplir une demande de rendez vous en ligne. On nous a alors proposé un rendez vous un mois et demi après à l’ambassade des USA à Paris (donc prévoir aussi train ou avion + hôtel dans notre cas), une fois sur place, après le rendez vous et acceptation, ils ont gardé encore notre passeport deux semaines avant de nous le renvoyer avec le fameux visa.
If you followed 2 months in all to have the precious sesame.
The more countries you visit, the more visas you have to ask for, the longer it takes. Fortunately, you do not need a visa for all countries! We advise you to go there at least 1 year in advance if possible. We know some who did not get their visa on their first application and had to redo the entire process ...
Attention, we are talking here about Visa and no travel authorization like ESTA (USA) or AVE (Canada), which are very simple and quick to have by a simple online request.
Doctor, dentist, gynecologist (for girls only eh!), ophthalmologist, prescription for special treatment, etc ...
Take a tour well in advance once again. Why ? Because if you have something to treat it can take time depending on what it is ... Imagine going to the dentist a few days before your departure and you must get treatment on several sessions for 3 months ... the horror ...
We advise you a good check up 6 months before departure, then another before departure. Have a general medical kit prescribed by your GP in case.
Most of the time they gladly accept when it is for a long trip. For glasses wearers like Eric, even if your correction has not changed do you make a second pair if you do not have one. A breakage quickly arrived on a trip ...
For girls who take the pill, ask to have it prescribed for the total duration of the trip and with a note for the pharmacist. They do not agree to give you more than three months without proof.
Well we admit that we have made a last minute check up but again, and always the same, depending on the case of each and your medical history, it may be wise to do it in advance ... This which also brings us to the next point.
There are some who do not like bites here ?! Too bad for you, we'll have to check that ...
Hormis les différents rappels que vous aurez éventuellement à faire, expliquez bien le parcours que vous avez prévu à votre généraliste. Il vous conseillera certains vaccins suivant les pays que vous comptez visiter et d’autres vaccins seront même obligatoire pour passer la frontière !
We repeat ourselves again but take it in advance, it sometimes takes several months to have an appointment for the yellow fever vaccine for example, which is only done in specialized centers. Your GP can not under any circumstances provide it! In addition most of the time you will have a high fever for 24 / 48h shortly after the bite, so out of the question to do that just before taking the plane!
The vaccine against rabies when it requires three stitches spaced very accurately and it takes 30 days in all ...
Good, since 2019 and the withholding tax, you will have technically paid your taxes before leaving for most cases. But if you have kept your house and you rent it for example, you will have to pay the land tax at a distance. So remember to connect to the online space to activate certain options, such as automatic debiting.
We admit that we do not like that because of the mistakes that can sometimes occur (does not it feel like you did not?), But it's still practical not to have to deal with it at all. other end of the world.
Suivant votre cas et le nombre de taxes que vous devez payer, il peut y avoir plusieurs cases à cocher, à plusieurs endroits du site pour que tout se fasse automatiquement. Pensez aussi à votre espace professionnel si vous en avez un.
Sell, give, store, you have the choice, we will not tell you what to do for that.
Of course if you leave six months or three you will ask or not the question "I keep everything or I will buy everything when I return? ". It may take some time to get rid of some things, furniture, appliances, etc ... So we do not tell you to sell your washing machine 2 years before leaving and go to the laundry in the meantime (although by writing these lines we say that it will do a good training for your trip haha), but think about it anyway a little in advance.
Selling your stuff that you will need more can also help you finance part of your trip. The more you do it in advance, the more you can get a good price. At the last moment you will inevitably tend to sell off ...
Sorting your wardrobe will also allow you to realize that you have a ton of clothes that you do not put more (not girls ...), so for your clothes think of the empty loft, and sell by lot at the end if needed.
If you want to donate, think of local associations and if some clothes are used up to the rope, put them in selective sorting containers provided for this purpose. There are plenty, and your old t-shirt will not end up in a landfill but will be recycled (by isolating for example).
You have the permit, you intend to leave in van or rent on the spot. In any case we advise you to apply for the international permit at least three months before your departure. It's free, it's quick to do, a document to fill out, a photo and some photocopies and you will receive it at home.
The approach is slightly different depending on the regions of France but in the end you will have this big piece of gray cardboard!
It states that it does not replace your license, it is only a translation in all languages to allow local authorities to be able to read your information. You will have to always present both.
Sacred dilemma as there is the choice ... Classic bank or 100% online, hard drive.
Ça mériterait aussi un article entier à part, tiens !
La première chose à faire c’est d’appeler votre banque pour leur faire part de la situation et de votre projet de voyage. Ils vous diront si quelque chose est prévu pour les séjours à l’étranger et ils vous conseilleront peut-être sur certains points comme le type de carte bancaire.
Ils vous diront aussi s’ils ont des accords avec des banques dans les pays que vous allez visiter vous permettant de retirer de l’argent sans frais, etc… etc…
Bon, s’ils n’ont aucun accord, que vos frais vont être exorbitants pour chaque retrait ou utilisation de votre carte posez vous la question s’il ne faudrait pas en changer…
Ask yourself if a "gold card" would be a good investment in your case (insurance, withdrawal ceiling, etc ...). There is a lot of advantage when traveling with.
There are also now fully online banks that you could possibly take in addition to your other classic account or even instead.
We think of N26 or Revolut for example, which we have been talking about a lot lately. The "premium" card is free and there is no international charge, which is a huge plus when you travel. In addition you will have two cards so a backup solution in case of loss or theft (as long as you do not have your two cards together ...).
Also remember to check the expiry date of your card and have it renew prematurely if necessary (there is often a fee but no choice ...).
Also make a power of attorney to one of your loved ones just in case.
For our part Eric has moved to BNP (Net Agency) which has agreements with Scotia Bank (Canada, Mexico, and some countries of Central and South America) and Bank of America in the USA. Withdrawals are free of charge. Joana is when she stayed at the CIC because her banker is just on top!
Tenant: The departure is approaching and it is time to send your notice of departure. It is minium three months before for an empty rental housing and a month before for a furnished.
Organize too to find a storage box if you need it or ask your relatives to squat a closet or a piece of the garage. All this again is to go a little in advance to estimate the place you need and if you really need to keep this or that ...
Owner: Rent, sell, you see ... A rental income is often a good option when you go at least a year. The ideal is then to put your property in an agency so you do not bother to manage!
Vous savez quand vous allez quitter votre logement, vous pouvez donc maintenant envoyer aussi vos lettres de résiliation : EDF, eau, gaz, internet, tv, Netflix (quoi que vous pouvez le garder si vous avez une tablette), etc… c’est là que l’on se rend compte que l’on en paye des abonnements… Et maintenant, vous vous dites que vous allez presque faire des économies en voyageant haha !
Quit to be in subscriptions as much to look into phone packages. Two choices here, I keep my French number or I take a card in each country that I will visit ?! Or downright both! It's a bit like what we do.
Anyway we advise you to keep your French number at least a few months history that you are reachable by the people or administrations that would use this number.
Regardez aussi du côté de Free, leur offre à l’international est vraiment intéressante et ils rajoutent chaque année de nouveaux pays dans leur offre. Bon, nous avons eu personnellement quelques soucis dans le passé avec eux, mais ça reste les seuls avec une offre pareille…
It's up to you to make your choice for this ... If you change operator do this at least a month before the time to receive your new SIM card and see if everything works fine. Try to find a non-binding subscription that will allow you to get rid of it while traveling if necessary.
Also remember to unlock your phone to accept all SIM cards if it is not already.
- Si vous n’arrivez pas à écouler ce qui reste de vos meubles sur LeBonCoin, dirigez vous peut être vers des enseignes du genre Troc.com pour faire du dépôt vente… Vous revendrez sûrement moins cher mais c’est toujours mieux que d’abandonner votre commode Ikea fétiche au bord de la route…
- And / or again, remember that you can give. You will be lighter and you will make someone happy.
Depending on your case you can either cancel it completely or reduce it to a minimum. This often allows you to not lose your benefits due to your seniority by returning (if you return someday ...). There are different solutions depending on the companies. If you feel that you no longer need to cancel.
It must be taken BEFORE departure, otherwise it will not usually be valid.
If you leave for three months (except that many of the things we talked about so far may not concern you), the insurance of your "gold" bank card can suffice (check the guarantees).
We never say it enough but an accident happened quickly, we think about Joana who broke her face in the middle of the jungle in Belize three hours of track of the first road ... We'll talk about it soon in more detail and we'll tell you why you absolutely must not skip travel insurance, we're at home Chapka!
This is the kind of thing that few people think ... But if despite the dematerialization of your documents usually received by letter, you receive a registered or a package, you will be happy to have made a tour before your departure. Forward your mail to your parents, family or a close friend and trusted (not the kind that lurks his mail for 3 three years in his entry).
Also make a power of attorney to one or more people around you (usually the one who will receive your mail), to allow him to recover a letter or a package that is intended for you. The power of attorney is valid for 5 years.
Make photocopies of all your important documents. Leave a copy of each to a loved one when needed and take several copies with you.
Digitize all that and keep a hidden copy in your computer, send more important documents by email. In case of loss or theft you can access it easily from any computer or phone and this will greatly facilitate the production of your new paper wherever you are.
In a binder / sorter organize your important papers to keep so that the trusted person to whom you will leave them can find this or that document if needed. This will allow him to handle any situation just in case. And if you receive a letter, she can easily add it with the rest so that you have everything on your return.
- Little more on a trip, take a VPN. For those who do not know it is an application or program that makes you believe that you are in a particular place. There are free and paid. The idea is in some cases to make him believe that you are in France simply because some websites do not allow you access when you are abroad. It can be very useful!