I’ve wanted to travel long-term for as long as I can remember. But in June 2008, after a few ridiculous weeks in Australia, I realized I used to openly talk about backpacking and circumnavigating the globe and yet I still never did anything about it. Traveling long-term was an idea that fell to neglect after entering and making strides in the work force. It was time to get serious. Now or maybe never.
Draw up a list of top 20 countries I want to travel to the most.
- New Zealand
- Japan (again)
- Costa Rica
Which I compared with and decided really hadn’t varied much from a list I found a year before (dated September 5, 2007).
- Australia/New Zealand
- Japan (again)
- Greece (again)
- Montreal/Quebec City
I needed to travel more. Could have been as simple as that.
Except, like training for a marathon, I needed prepare and get everything in order, if I expected to make it to the finish line. Most importantly and most challenging of which, was getting finances in check.
Pay off everything.
That took about a year to clear and then another 1.5 years to save. It was a major life accomplishment for me and something I’m proud of. For the better part of those years, I wasn’t even planning much travel at all. Just working on paying things off and saving. Lo and behold, I made progress and could start to see the end.
Get ready to go.
I’m thankful to my adventurous nature for setting me straight. I say it all the time but working towards this trip really turned many aspects of my life around. That one commitment set in motion a whole slew of good changes in my life.
And so the plotting began.