Our travel plans for our upcoming adventures are our priority most days as our departure date is ever getting closer. We’ve had our house valued and we’re just awaiting my operation date for a minor foot complaint. Once that date is set we’ll be putting the house on the open market. All well and good we will get an offer quickly and then it’s house hunting in Devon. We have already scouted the area’s we’re interested in so it’s just finding something suitable that we can rent out.

South Devon - Gallivants Journal

South Devon – Gallivants Journal

A possible revision to our plans

We were hoping for a departure date in November 2018, but with how things are in the NHS maybe this date may be put back with everything we still need to do. The operation recovery is 6-8 weeks in a orthopedic boot so don’t know how mobile I’ll be post Op. We still have our India Visa’s to sort out as well as renewing our passports. One-way flights to Mumbai are easy to obtain but we will have to hold on until after the Operation. Our plans are flexible as we wouldn’t apply for our Indian Visa’s if not heading there, and have other plans that may fit the bill if not heading off in November.

Camino de Santiago - Gallivants Journal

Camino de Santiago – Gallivants Journal

Camino de Santiago back up

These include the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage from St. Jean Pied de Port in France through to the Basque country in Northern Spain. The route stretches 780 km (nearly 500 miles) and takes around 30-35 days with the odd rest day here and there. It’s been on my list forever and will definitely test my foot out after the operation. If this is the route we take then this will be done around March/April 2019 and then we’ll have time to organise and head off in a different direction before the India adventure. We could well end up in Northern India For May/June and then through to Nepal and Back into South Goa for October.

Camino de Santiago - Gallivants Journal

Camino de Santiago – Gallivants Journal

Travel Gear 

We have been looking for 2 new rucksacks for our adventures out of India that are more mobile that the 2 Caribee Sky Master 80 Travel Pack beasts we already have. We ended up with an Osprey Kestrel 58 Backpack for myself, and a North Face Terra 55 for Chris. Both were grabbed for bargain prices and was the last purchases we needed to make before we head off. We’ve loaded them up to 60-70% capacity and are amazed at how much we can get into these things, and there’s plenty more space to load more than we ever imagined. We are really please with the quality of both these packs that should last us for the 5 years they’re required.

Osprey Kestrel 58 Backpack.

58 Litre top loading backpack with lid compartment access and side access. Front panel with a stretch mesh compartments and lower zipper access. Die cut Spacer mesh hip and shoulder strap with plenty of clips. Ability to add on additional items such as sleeping mats and bags.



North Face Terra 55 Backpack 

Vertical channel provides improved ventilation with padded shoulder harness for improved load-spreading hip belt that’s lined with soft air mesh. A large zippered side entry to main compartment and  OPTIFIT suspension system ensures a comfortable and secure fit.


Future Travel Plans – Follow the dream

Stay tuned for further updates as we prepare for the off. We will be updating regularly as we add the finishing touches to our travel plans. Don’t forget to check out our destination guides on our home page  You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter

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