Lately I’ve been feeling affirmation from the world about this huge decision to leave my current life and travel for an indefinite period of time, which frankly is a nice change because up until about a month ago, I was feeling a bit downtrodden. My parents weren’t particularly supportive, friends thought I was out of my mind, and, while there were several people that told me my plan sounded “fun”, I just couldn’t seem to find anyone that really “got” what I want to do. Then, all of a sudden, I was surrounded by encouragment. I found a few really great travel blogs bursting with inspiration, I reconnected with some friends that were beyond supportive of my plan, and I rediscovered a confidence in myself and my decisions that I had, er, misplaced for a while.
Now, when people ask me why I’m doing this, I’m going to answer with conviction. I want the world as my backyard, I want my home to be wherever I lay my backpack for the night or the week or the month, I want to
live to work work to travel! I hope that this post can do for someone else what other posts/conversations have been doing for me lately — inspire someone to grab their life by the balls and make their dreams come true!
So it is 12:09 am…technically tuesday morning…and I just got home from a catering job. Right now my brain is going a mile a minute and all I can think of is how I just made $100, all of which will be going towards my trip (yay!) This morning, however, all I could think about was how far I still had to go.
In order to get my vibes going in a more positive direction, I searched one of my favorite travel websites, Nomadic Matt. He did not let me down (I think he’s probably the only man in my life right now that doesn’t let me down haha). I found success story after success story to inspire me. Here was my fav…maybe it’ll inspire you to! http://www.nomadicmatt.com/travel-blogs/michael-success-story/ I love that this guy managed to save $14,000 in 6 months making $9/hour. That is not a typo.
It inspires me because I have only slightly more to save ($15-20,000) in twice the amount of time and I make nearly twice what he does at both of my jobs ($15 at catering not including occasional tips and $15 as a research assistant for a professor). I can absolutely do this! I’m a huge nerd, so I also took the time to calculate how many hours a week I need to work solely to make this amount (27.7, If you’re wondering) and how many hours a week I need to pay for all my bills/groceries/etc (about 10.2).
So for under 40 hours a week, I should be able to do this. Keep in mind I am subletting the second bedroom in my rented townhouse out which really helps with keeping my bills low.
Theoretically, I could make what I need to make in under 40 hours a week. Realistically, I know I’ll have months where I’m super jazzed about the trip and pick up as many extra catering shifts as I can (like now). Other times, I’m sure I’ll get frustrated with living soo frugally (I’m living on $200/month for groceries/any entertainment including restaurants and drinks/anything extra…like shoes) and blow some money on a night out.
My goal right now is just to ride my trip-planning high as long as I possibly can (I’m hoping to last at least until June).