We're On Our Way... Next Stop Europe
Yep, it's all getting real now. As we expected (and were prepared for) the Airstream sold immediately. The market is hot for gently used, nearly new models. Ours was pretty spiffy, upgraded well and we priced it to sell. And sell it did! We had quite a bit of interest from far and wide but ended selling it to friends of friends. We drove it to the new owners today and I know they will love and cherish it as much as we did.
So that's it, we are voluntarily homeless for the time being but we couldn't be more excited about our next move. We have everything we own in four bags to be checked, a few carry-ons, and two boxes which we will ship. They are all in the back of our truck which by Wednesday we will also no longer own. We will be selling it to CarMax before we head to the airport and back to Europe.
It's been a bit of a whirlwind since we got back to the US but really not too hectic. We have lived our lives for the past few years so free of belongings and responsibilities that we just don't have that much to sort out. Anyone who has spent time with us knows we are pretty low on the drama scale. We simply worked through all the tasks we needed to do methodically and guess what - we came out the other side as planned.
In fact the whole preperation of the trailer and selling process took us just four weeks. That included me working both at home and for a few days with clients. We also mixed in a fair bit of shenanigans catching up with old friends and neighbors. We even found time to meet a few new people too including a couple next to us at the RV park who are also relocating to Europe to motorhome next year. Of course, we made plans to meet them down the road!
Now we have dismantled our US lives we have to start building it all back up again in Europe. On some tasks we already made a head start. We ordered new UK driving licenses since our originals were long obsolete. They were these 19 year old gigantic paper things that folded out to the size of a table. Reminiscent of something an ancient explorer from days gone by would have used. Since those medieval days Britain has modernized to new style licenses but we had never bothered to update ours while living in the States. If we want to test drive motorhomes, and generally have an easier time driving in Europe, a UK license is more useful than our US ones. So new licenses have been checked of the list.
We also ordered new chip & pin credit cards - thanks Nina from Wheeling It for the tip. Now we have an alternative if we are somewhere that doesn't accept our antiquated US chip & sign cards.
We still have things to sort out but our flights are booked and by the end of this week we will be in Europe ready to start our search for a new motorhome. After all of our online research we can't wait to start getting inside some models and deciding what will really work for us. We'll keep you posted on how it all goes!