What’s in your money belt?

Posted by Ted on Sep 19, 2010 in Travel, Vagabonding

At T-1, we’re one day and 13 hours from leaving everything behind us except what fits in our two 35L backpacks, a camera bag, and a satchel.

Because of our self-imposed domestic homelessness for the past month, we’ve been moving bits of our stuff around the Bay Area for much of that time. “Recreational moving” to the extreme. On the one hand, not living in our home while still in our home town has been a bit surreal, having to schedule visits to see our stuff and our cats. On the other hand, it has afforded us a gentle shift in adapting to a more nomadic lifestyle, such that leaving in just over a day feels no sense of apprehension. In fact, the thing that I am most looking forward to at the moment is sitting in seat 41K on Korean Air flight #24 with nothing on a todo list. However, I’m sure the elation of being in that seat will wear off a few hours in to our 19 hour trip from San Francisco to Bangkok, via Seoul.

Now that the last mail orders of clothing and gear have arrived, the packing begins in earnest. Replacing my iPhone as my closest guarded possession for the next three months, my money pouch now holds;

  • My passport, which will have many more stamps before returning home to New York for Christmas
  • My travel wallet, which contains;
    • Bank card
    • VISA credit card – zero balance, low interest rate and credit limit
    • PADI certificate card
    • DAN insurance card, which covers both diving and non-diving accidents
    • Red Cross blood donor card, conveniently displaying my blood type
    • California drivers license
    • Spare passport photo
    • Couple of business cards
    • 541 US Dollars
    • 95 Euros
    • 2550 Thai Baht

While the pouch will be kept close to me, I have no love for it, especially in hot climates. Whether worn around the neck or one’s waist, money belts are often in the way and are excellent collectors of sweat. What do you carry in your money pouch when you travel? What kind of pouch or belt do you use?

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One month to go

Posted by Ted on Aug 21, 2010 in Travel, Vagabonding

In just 30 days and 12 hours, we will be boarding Korean Air flight #24 out of San Francisco, bound for Bangkok, via Seoul. The past 10 days have been exceedingly busy. We have had a house-closing party, our first truly successful party in the Bay Area, with enough people from different circles meeting and enjoying each others’ company. We had a map of SE Asia up on the wall, which sparked several conversations with folks who had been to the area with suggestions on where to go.

We cleaned the house and packed up most of our clothes and valuables, moving them into a 5’x6′ storage unit a few miles away. Tetris skills came in very handy. However, the biggest challenge was simultaneously setting aside clothes for a month of couch-surfing, Burning Man, backpacking across SE Asia, and Christmas in New York.

On Wednesday, our three subletters from New Orleans arrived in two taxis, 15 minutes after we’d cleaned the last corner of the kitchen in preparation for their arrival. We took them out to our favorite local Ethiopian restaurant to welcome them to their new home. Afterwards, we gave them a tour of the house and an introduction to our cats, before handing them our keys and heading off to our first home-away-from-home.

Except it isn’t. We don’t have a home for the next 4 months. Our lease effectively ended, and doesn’t begin again until December. Our stuff and our cats are currently in someone else’s home. When we returned the next day to pick up some more of our things, it was a somewhat odd experience to first arrange a convenient time, and then to walk into a house with all of our things, and yet already see the ways in which the subletters had made it theirs. To be a visitor among one’s own possessions is a curious feeling.

For now we are house-sitting for some friends currently vacationing in Eastern Europe. Next week we go to Burning Man. The week after that we have no plans at all. Then we spend a week with some other friends. Then we leave, to begin the real adventure.

Stay tuned!

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T-40 days

Posted by Ted on Aug 11, 2010 in Travel

After months of knowing what needed to be done but not being able to take action, life since we got back from Cape Cod has been all action, all the time.

The last four days have included ToodleDo items such as;

  • Book return tickets from NY – We fly out of SFO to Bangkok, but we’re returning to New York for Christmas. Jetblue to the rescue!
  • Modify and re-order business cards
  • VCS Post – This week’s guest vagabonders, the Candy family!
  • Order tape for yurt – yes, you read that right. We’re building a hexayurt for Burning Man this year.
  • Sign storage contract – found a $24/mo 5×6 space, and at least half of what we’re putting away has already been moved.
  • Set up new wireless network – I did that at the same time as writing this post. About time I set it up right, just as we’re leaving of course.
  • Party reminder – Oh ya, in the middle of everything we’re having a party on Friday. Why not?
  • Place the following Amazon order, $32 of which came from spare change;
    Items Ordered
    2 of: Mountainsmith Rain Cover, Black, Small, Black, Small
    1 of: Moleskine Squared Notebook Soft Cover Pocket
    1 of: Eagle Creek Travel Gear Pack-It Wallaby, Black
    1 of: InCarCables Car Stereo Ipod/mp3 Auxiliary Aux-in Input Cable 3.5mm (1.6ft)
    1 of: Fisher Space Pen Black Non-Pressurized Fine Point Refill
  • And of course, packing and cleaning, in preparation for handing off our house, and our kitties, to three awesome folks from New Orleans a week from today.

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