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It is a small world... this was just so funny that I need to share it!

Actually we are getting our last tasks done. One of them: Get some colombian pesos for the cab from the airport... 

animal@animalinside.net (Animal) Preparations Fri, 26 Jun 2015 12:55:50 +0000
Aaaargh, when exactly was that bloody flight?! http://animalinside.net/index.php/animal-abroad/preparations/25-how-to-keep-track http://animalinside.net/index.php/animal-abroad/preparations/25-how-to-keep-track

You know that feeling? You booked your flight some weeks ago and simply cannot answer that question, without scrolling around in your emails for 5 minutes.

This does not get any better, if you have 8 flights, some accomodations, a camper and a ship booked and a friend asks you "when are you in Cartagena? We would like to visit you, would those dates be ok and whats the address?".


But we found a solution for the email scrolling terror!!! It's called Tripcase and I am soooo happy to have it, really!  

animal@animalinside.net (Animal) Preparations Sun, 07 Jun 2015 11:52:00 +0000
How to set up TripCase http://animalinside.net/index.php/animal-abroad/preparations/30-how-to-set-up-tripcase http://animalinside.net/index.php/animal-abroad/preparations/30-how-to-set-up-tripcase

TripCase is an app to organize your travel data into an itinerary. It really made my life easier and I can answer questions like "when exactly is your flight?" without scrolling around in my emails. 

Here's how you set it up:

animal@animalinside.net (Animal) Preparations Sun, 21 Jun 2015 12:57:20 +0000
Preparation of a different kind http://animalinside.net/index.php/animal-abroad/preparations/29-preparation-of-a-different-kind http://animalinside.net/index.php/animal-abroad/preparations/29-preparation-of-a-different-kind

Thats the guy.

The guy that made sure that I am able to carry a 20 kg bagpack to the top of the rocky mountains or punch a bear on his nose, should one of it be necessary. Here are some silly lines from our last training session before the trip - training can be slapstick ;-)

animal@animalinside.net (Animal) Preparations Thu, 11 Jun 2015 15:12:58 +0000
3 weeks before - a status http://animalinside.net/index.php/animal-abroad/preparations/26-3-weeks-before-a-status http://animalinside.net/index.php/animal-abroad/preparations/26-3-weeks-before-a-status

The last weeks were marked by preparations for us. We are pretty far with The List of Horror: ToDos before... *sigh*, 3 weeks before departure I wouldn't want it differently :-) Whats left is the insurance nightmare and selling / signing off the cars.

Then we planned the first stages of our trip. Here is kind of a status:

animal@animalinside.net (Animal) Preparations Sun, 07 Jun 2015 12:20:32 +0000
The List of Horror: ToDos before... *sigh* http://animalinside.net/index.php/animal-abroad/preparations/9-checklist-todos-before-your-flight http://animalinside.net/index.php/animal-abroad/preparations/9-checklist-todos-before-your-flight

This is my personal list of horror. No, honestly, you will not imagine the thousand things that you need to arrange, check or simply DO before boarding any plane. We did a bit of brainstorming and the list became longer and longer. Here are 15 things you may not think of at first.

animal@animalinside.net (Animal) Preparations Thu, 23 Apr 2015 05:24:16 +0000
Visa - Mania: Canada http://animalinside.net/index.php/animal-abroad/preparations/7-visamania-canada http://animalinside.net/index.php/animal-abroad/preparations/7-visamania-canada

I would have expected, that Canada is way stricter in immigration issues, comparable maybe to the US.

And yes, that's right.

Now we want to work & travel in Canada. Hm. Might be even more complicated.

Right again.

Actually its a freakin' nightmare...

animal@animalinside.net (Animal) Preparations Wed, 22 Apr 2015 06:39:37 +0000
Language school: 6 things to take into account http://animalinside.net/index.php/animal-abroad/preparations/6-language-school http://animalinside.net/index.php/animal-abroad/preparations/6-language-school

Finding a proper language school is kind of a task - even if you roughly know in which part of the world you would like to hit the books again. The amount of offers is overwhelming and there is hardly a useful review in the internet.

Here are the 6 things you should think about before booking.

animal@animalinside.net (Animal) Preparations Wed, 22 Apr 2015 05:30:38 +0000
Murphy says: You will get sick without a health insurance http://animalinside.net/index.php/animal-abroad/preparations/5-health-insurance http://animalinside.net/index.php/animal-abroad/preparations/5-health-insurance

Longer hospital stays might easy be hundreds of thousands of Euro and being transported home with an ambulance jet is a higher 5 digit Euro amount. On top a health insurance is requested sometimes, e.g. by language schools or work&travel hosts. 

So yes. You'll need one. Here are the options:

  • Stay with your local health insurance
  • Get a travel insurance (valid 6-8 weeks)
  • Get an overseas health insurance (restricted period of validity)
animal@animalinside.net (Animal) Preparations Wed, 22 Apr 2015 04:45:35 +0000
Visa - Mania: Colombia http://animalinside.net/index.php/animal-abroad/preparations/2-visamania-colombia http://animalinside.net/index.php/animal-abroad/preparations/2-visamania-colombia

Would you believe this?

Being citizen of one of the many countries without required visa for Colombia, we didn't think much about it at first. You usually get a 90 days Tourist visa stamped into your passport at imigration. Then one of the language schools requested a student visa, as we would be staying in school more than 60 days. Huh? I mean, this is Colombia, not the US ?!

animal@animalinside.net (Animal) Preparations Mon, 13 Apr 2015 10:40:30 +0000