When I first made the decision to backpack around the world I did not tell that many people. I had done my research knew it was possible but the thought of telling someone else who wouldn’t understand scared me. I only told my family and a few friends most of them did not like the idea at all but they all had the same questions. Now I have actually begun telling more people what I am planning to do and they all look at me crazy as well but ask the same questions too. So I thought okay let me answer these questions once and for all. Here are the 7 most FAQs I get about my RTW trip.
1) Are you going by yourself?
Yes I am going by myself. The reason I am going by myself is because I know how I am with things and I don’t think anyone would be able to put up with me for an entire year or more. Also because I don’t think anyone else would be willing to go through all the sacrifices I am going through to make this happen.
2) You‘re just gonna pack up and leave?
If I had a nice trust fund or $18,000 lying around then hell yeah I would just pack up and leave. Since I don’t I can’t do that. Planning a round-the-world trip is not an easy feat. It requires a lot of research, planning, saving and sacrifices. The reason I’m not leaving until the end of July or beginning of August 2011 is because it allows me to save the money that I need for this trip. Oh and the most important reason I’m not leaving until then is because my best friend’s wedding is on July 2nd and I cannot miss that for the world.
3) Where are you gonna be staying?
4) What about your job?
I will keep this professional until I actually leave. When I leave my job I will not be heartbroken and when I return I will worry about getting a new job then.
5) What are you gonna do when you get back?
If I end up selling my car and have $15,000 in my savings account when I get back I can either go live in Australia with a working VISA for a year (a life dream of mine) or continue backpacking this time through Mexico, Central & South America or who knows what I’ll do.
6) What are you gonna do with all your belongings?
I have already started working on this. I have explained earlier how planning for this round the world trip has made me a minimalist. I have thrown, sold and given things away. I mentioned previously that my sister is letting me keep my room as it is so that she can use it as a guest bedroom while I am gone. That will help me out with my furniture. As for my car I was undecided earlier with what I will do with Tyler but I am 95% sure I will sell him before leaving.
7) What are you going for?
It seems like everyone wants me to answer this by saying “oh I am going so that I can find myself, find the man of my dreams and fall in love”. Well nope that’s not what I am going for, however if I find the man of my dreams along the way I wouldn’t be disappointed. I’m actually going because I just want to see the world and experience different cultures. I have obsessed with traveling all my life and now I am going to make it happen.
So here you have it the answers to my most frequently asked questions! I get asked so many more but these are the main ones it seems everyone has.
If you are family or friends reading this what other questions do you have. I will be more than happy to answer them. If you are a backpacker what questions where you asked a million times before leaving?