SOLO TRAVEL DIARY PART 1
After careful consideration, I’ve decided to use an area on my blog as my solo travel diary to document my process of planning my epic adventure. This is informal and may seem scatter-brained at first, but it is all going to come together. If you’ve ever planned a vacation before you’ll notice you either go into it with everything mapped out or you just go with the flow. I tend to always go with the flow mostly because I’m a procrastinator at its finest. The absolute worst. I packed for my five-week backpacking trip through Europe the morning that I left, which obviously caused me to miss some very important items. That’s definitely a habit I need to kick!
The Most Important Question
Honestly, I don’t even know where to begin for this whole trip. First, you all should know the big picture of what I’m planning. I’m planning to go on a solo trip around the world for at least a year. Sadly, I’m not fortunate enough to have loads of money handed to me or have anything paid for. So the biggest question I need to answer is: How will I pay for my trip?
The last three years that I’ve traveled, I’ve come back from a trip already having planned another. Generally, my money just goes to saving for yet another trip. This past summer, I was in southeast Asia for two months. A week after I returned, I moved from South Dakota to Colorado. I had about $1500 dollars saved for the move but clearly that wasn’t even close to enough. This set me back more than I could have ever imagined.
I had no time to catch up from Asia and had to put even more money on my credit card for all the unexpected expenses I didn’t account for that came with moving. Keep in mind, this was my first time having to actually pay rent. Traveling was always so affordable when I lived at my dad’s house rent-free and made $15.50 an hour. Now, I have to drive 40 minutes to work everyday, I took a 3 dollar pay cut, and half of my paycheck goes to rent. Needless to say, I’m still catching up.
The Big Picture
Instead of traveling this summer, I have to be a responsible adult and pay off my credit card and save money for this epic exploration. If I focus on the big picture now, I can afford my dream of traveling full-time for a year by myself sooner than later.
Since I can’t travel anywhere this summer, I decided to focus my efforts on planning the trip. That being said, I’ll have to settle for living vicariously through my fellow travel bloggers to put my incessant need to travel at ease.
This series of posts will be my personal diary for planning a trip that will be bigger and better than anything I have ever done before. Are any of you in the same boat and dying to travel but just don’t have the funds? Share the wealth if you have any great money-saving tips!