As you all know I am planning to backpack around the world and part of planning a RTW trip is figuring out what you are going to do with your belongings. I have already become a minimalist. The only big things I own are my bedroom furniture and my car. Thankfully since I live with my sister she has agreed to allow me to leave everything in my bedroom as it is and use it as a guest bedroom while I am gone. I don’t mind if she does that because it works out great however this still leaves in limbo my baby Tyler.
So you may be thinking who the hell is Tyler. Well Tyler is my car, yes I named my car. I know naming a car is kinda crazy, but oh well I did. This is my first BRAND NEW car; it is a 2008 Nissan Altima Coupe 2.5s and I LOVE IT! I told myself when I bought it I was going to take care of it as if it was my child and I have been doing just that!
Now we are at a crossroads and I am not sure what to do with him! Even though I know I am not leaving for another 11 months the one thing I am worried about is what am I going to do with Tyler. You would think it’s easy because it’s either sell him or leave him, but it’s not. My car is paid off and if I were to sell it right now it would go for about $15,000. Regardless of what I do with my car I am still going to save the $18,000 I need for my RTW trip and leave. So if I did sell it I wouldn’t need those funds for my RTW trip.
These are the different thoughts crossing my mind!
Thought #1: I save my $18,000 leave my car here with my sister. I would then come back in a year (or longer) from my RTW trip. Since I live in Houston I would need a car to get around and would already have one that is paid off and hopefully still in great condition. I would then get on the job hunt, continue on with my life and not have to worry about buying a new car.
Thought #2: I save my $18,000 sell my car put whatever I make from it in a savings account. I would go on my RTW trip come back home in a year (or longer). When I get back I can then decide to rest a bit and use the money I have in my savings account from selling the car to continue backpacking.
Thought #3: Is just like #1 except I come home and am addicted to traveling and then decide to sell my car and end up selling it for a couple $1000 less then I could have had I sold it before I left. Then use that money to continue backpacking.
Thought #4: Is just like #2 except I come home and I don’t want to travel anymore and would then need to go out and buy a new car and pay the difference between what I sold my car for and what a new car would cost.
So do you see my dilemma here? I seriously have no clue what to do with Tyler. I know I shouldn’t be worrying about this since I have such a long time before I take off, but I am. I think I really want to do thought #2 but part of me wants to keep him and use him as my safety net. So if backpacking around the world is a total disaster I would still come home to at least a nice paid off car.
For those of you currently on, back from or going on a RTW trip what did you do with your car (if you had one)? Maybe you didn’t have a car or are not going on a RTW trip what would you do in my situation?