Cha-Ching!

I should probably mention that there are two of us on this journey, Scott is the silent partner at the moment (through force more than choice!) as I’ve taken over the writing of the blog! Scott is my fiancé, he foolishly proposed to me in the Grand Canyon and this is part of the reason this trip came to be. The thought of spending loads of money on one wedding day when we had no money to begin with daunted us. The thought of spending loads of money on a lifetime adventure together when we have no money…that’s very doable.

Already started selling my stuff off. And it feels amazing, on two levels. One, because my apartment is only small and there’s lots of ‘things’ in it. And two, because with every penny I feel closer to my goal. That’s a good feeling.

There’s other financial aspects to think about too, I have a loan and a mortgage. Paying off the loan and saving for traveling for an indefinite amount of time is a huge task. So there’s a lot to think about! Luckily there are also a lot of options available and I’ve given myself plenty of time to assess each one and choose what’s best for the plan.

Christmas is also around the corner, what better time to ask for money or for things I’ll need on my travels! Better get writing to Santa…

Total so far: £50 given to us as an engagement present
£13 for selling some bits
Total £63
(Obviously this doesn’t include my massive debt, just focusing on the positive and the money I make from just selling my belongings)

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Darkest hour before the Dawn

Ever had one of those days in work where you can’t do anything right (according to your boss)? Yup? We’ve all had them. The kind of day that makes you want to walk out and never look back. But you can’t because you have responsibilities, mortgages, loans, car costs, countless insurances for the ‘things’ we need in this life to keep us happy.

I came home from this particular day and looked around my apartment. At first I felt that trapped feeling. Is this it? Then it changed to a revelation. Look at all my stuff! I barely look at it or use it. I’m surrounded by things to keep me comfortable in this rat race lifestyle. I started seeing little ‘£’ signs over all these objects, why not sell them all, pay off my debts and just go travel like I’ve always wanted to do?

So when they say ‘the darkest hour comes before the dawn’, this was it for me.

I got my huge map out and up onto the wall, all the travel books I could carry out of the library and started reading all the travel blogs from people who had been and done it no matter their situation. Inspired and passion ignited, I am now on a mission to sell everything I own, get back into the black, and start my new journey.

This is the beginning of that journey.