It has only been three short months since I decided I am tired of pursuing the American Dream and ready to pursue my dream. It has been an absolute insane few months trying to streamline my life and make sure I am set up to travel comfortably long term.
I have been toying with the idea of this for years and when I finally decided it was time, the light at the end of the tunnel started to show itself. There are things that have started to happen that I didn’t really realize would happen. Some are great, some are not so great. So here are a few things I have noticed in the three short months since I started planning this.
If you hate your job, you will really start to hate your job that much more.
I hate my job. Like Really. Hate. My. Job. Every day I have to remind myself that once my debt gets paid off I will be able to save money and get on the road. I also have to remind myself that this job is needed to get on the road so I need to suck it up no matter how often I get pissed at work.
Saving money is work.
I say this with air quotation marks, mostly because I am so dedicated to getting rid of debt that I am turning down so much so I can have fun in the future. Dreams require work and I didn’t get in debt overnight (well actually I kinda did… but that is another story) and debt will not disappear overnight either. I am constantly budgeting, checking my accounts, researching ways to boost savings… I am constantly focused on my budget.
You will realize how quick you can save money with a few adjustments.
Well this is often something you read from bloggers I made a few changes and was able to save X amount of money. This is true, I made a few changes and just like that I saved 1k. A few changes really can make a difference.
It is hard deciding where you want to go.
Truth is I am not even at this stage, but I am already dreading it. Every day I find something new that I must do, and truth is I am not excited about picking and choosing where I want to go. I am really dreading this.
You will have to find balance.
When I first started this, I was staying at home, forcing myself to live paycheck to paycheck and I would sweat the bottle of water I bought. I also turned down getaways and all sorts of things. I am not leaving next year, and when I do decide to go I will really tighten down, but right now I am trying to find balance so I don’t go crazy. Sure I need to pay down debt and save money, but at the same time I need to live too. If you planning on leaving in a year, sure you may need to tighten down, but if you are like me and your departure date is between 2-4 years you can live a little (not much) but a little less stringent.
As always comment below with your advice. I promise I am going to update this blog with travels, I know my blog has been a hodge podge of mess, but this year has been a really weird year for me I am really hoping to get back on track with adventures, very soon.
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