Timeline


This is the 'mobile life timeline' showing how I initially planned for living in the van, then looking ahead, scheduling in things I wanted to do, jobs needing done etc. I worked full-time throughout 2012, whilst living in the van, no money wasted on rent and utilities. I could then go on the road in 2013..
Click on dates in the blog archive on the right to find posts related to this timeline..

~ 2012 ~ The Beginning! ~

January

Tax van (runs out end January)
Move Kayak to new storage location. (including all paddles and equipment in hatches)
Arrange storage location for car.
Begin to clear unnecessary items from each room in turn.
Plan van living finances.
Start to plan some trips for the spring/summer.

February

Cancel car insurance.
Give notice to Estate agent/Landlord for end March.
Give away/donate items I don't want.
Arrange storage for remainder of items.

March

Get a new leisure battery from leisurebatteriesireland.
Get a new Macbook battery
Get a bike rack for van.
Organise larger propane gas cylinder for van.
Hire van to take furniture from apartment to storage location.
Take remaining items & belongings to storage location.
Cancel electricity, gas, BT broadband, by end March.
Redirect all mail from old address to friends place I will use as my 'home' address.

April

Begin living in the van.
Order solar panel system and study installation.
Wire in Sony speakers in the back, with mp3 player amp.
Attend Zen sesshin weekend end April.

May

Trip to Glencoe & Isle of Skye in Scotland - end of May.

June

Solar panel fitted to roof.
Trip to South Wales and Gower peninsula.
Visit to Steve Bell Motors, Warrington, for van service.
Organise kayak roof bars to be made and fitted.

July

Hold eBay auction to sell remaining items in storage.
Get roof bars fitted for boats.
Get solar panel cable fitted through the roof.
Trip to North Wales and Snowdonia coastal area.
Begin planning for the winter months.

August

Trip to Cavan & Leitrim in Ireland.
Look for a rural location for setting up camp.
Prepare van for MOT test mid-month.
Look for a cheaper insurance quote and re-insure van.
Treat all underside of vehicle with Waxoyl.
Prepare, prime and repaint/touchup all bodywork issues.
Zen Sesshin end August.

September

Trip to St Ives, Cornwall to see Kate Rusby live.
Repair onboard diesel heater to prepare for the winter.

October

Finalise all winter preparations for van living, including temporary accommodation in the event of very cold weather.

November

Consider using car for transport during frosty weather, to protect van from road salt.
Continue living in van during this time, parked in a suitable location.

December

Christmas with friends and family.

~ 2013 ~

January

Volunteering with National Trust
Tax van
Get gearbox fixed
Get stainless exhaust made
Trip to Norway
Trip to Wales

February

Volunteering with National Trust
Planning to resign from job end May
Review finances
Trip to Wales
New front number plate

March

Volunteering with National Trust
Practice kayaks on/off roof using winch system
Touch up details & treat corrosion
Measure for bash guards
Lift suspension

April

Volunteering with National Trust
Zen Sesshin weekend end April
Get used mountain bike and fix up
Repair van fridge to run properly on propane
Test spare wheel
Get alloy wheels powder coated
Clear storage garage

May

Volunteering with National Trust
Ask for reference from National Trust
Redirect mail to new future mailing address
Trip to Donegal 17th to 20th May
Complete paintwork & Waxoyl underside of van
Get CV boot replaced

June

Scotland trip
Friends coming out to Skye
Travel south along coastal route

July

Travel in Scotland & UK

August

Van MOT ends
Van Ins expires
Zen Sesshin end August in N.Ireland

September

Living and travel in Scotland

October

Travel around North and East coast of Scotland
Stay and work in west highlands
Travel through UK
Plan for winter location in Portugal

November

Begin adventures in Portugal

December

Working in Portugal through workaway.info placement. Gardening, website maintenance.

~2014~

Winter

Working in  Portugal, exploring south and west algarve. Van under repair in Portugal following accident.

Spring

Return trip to Scottish highlands - water pump failure and repairs in Spain on return journey.

Summer

Living on Scoraig in the Highlands, and trip to Calanais Isle of Lewis for mid-summer.

Autumn

Return trip to south west Algarve, working renovating building and plumbing.

~2015~

Winter

Working and exploring the south west Algarve in the Hiace.

Spring

Three week return trip along entire Portuguese and spanish coastline.
 Return to Ireland.

Summer

Working in Ireland as a van delivery driver for a well known charity.
Trip to North West Irish coast.

Autumn

Working in Ireland.
Trip to Yorkshire, North England to have work done on the van.

~2016~

Winter

Working in Ireland.
Planning return to Scotland in Spring.

Spring

Trip to Scottish Highland via well travelled route.
Working on Croft on Scoraig.

Summer

Working for the Scottish Highland Council throughout west highland.
Living in amazing camping locations throughout the summer here.
Weekends spent with the Scoraig Community.

Autumn

Off to Spain in November, Plymouth to Santander.
Month long trip through north Spanish mountains and along Portuguese coast.

~2017~

Winter

December and January in south west Algarve meeting friends, old and new.
Febuary, heading east along the coast to the Guadiana river bordering Spain, then north along the river.. and onwards..


No comments:

Post a Comment