I’ve been thinking that this would be a good time to sum up what the state of my BREAKAWAY is. My last four post were not related to my RTW trip but were very personal and I felt the need to share that story with everyone. You can read about THE MISTAKE or 17.5 HOURS IN JAIL or THE CONSEQUENCES or THE NEW ME if you haven’t already done so.
As my departure date nears I want to review what I have done so far to prepare for it and what I still have to do. I plan on posting the “STATE OF MY BREAKAWAY” about every 2-3 months. I want to be sure to keep y’all posted with how ready I am to BREAKAWAY!
STATE OF MY DEPARTURE DATE
I LEAVE IN LESS THAN 8 MONTHS… EEEeeee SCARY!!! I do not have an official date yet, because I have not booked my plane ticket. I do however know I am gonna be leaving on or before July 27, 2011!!!
I was planning on leaving mid/late August but as I was doing research I found out that Gay Pride in Amsterdam is August 4-7. Since I had already planed to start in Paris and make my way to Amsterdam a week later I thought screw it why not move it up and make it in time for one of the biggest gay festivals in the world!
STATE OF MY SAVINGS
Ahhh MONEY that little paper that makes the world go round and go crazy. I’ve been thinking all backpackers should unite and ask the government for a bailout (not that we need it since most of us are not in debt). Hell they keep giving our tax dollars away why not put to good use and help represent our country in a better way (just a thought). I wish it just grew on trees but sadly it doesn’t.
As you can see to the right the state of my savings is currently $8,425.00 my goal is too save $18,000.00. That is way below what it was a few weeks ago. I would have already crossed the $10,000.00 mark but I have started to purchase things for the trip and well now I’m at $8,425.00. I have 8 months to save an additional $10,000.00. I know that sounds crazy but I am going to make it happen.
If you follow me on twitter you know that as soon as I got off probation I started looking for a part time job. Well I applied EVERYWHERE with no luck.I finally had a talk with my self (yes sometimes I talk with my self) and am making myself work any and all OVERTIME that is being offered at work. I can barely stand working 40 hours there but oh well I have gotta do what I gotta do to make my DREAM possible. I am going to try to work 40-50 additional hours every month. That should help bring in an extra $700-$1000 per month and will got straight to my savings account.
STATE OF MY SHOPPING
Early September I asked y’all “Is it too soon to start shopping?” I got a lot of great advice and mixed reactions. Well I went ahead and started shopping anyway. I have purchased some of the bigger items I need already and because of that my savings account has taken a hit for about $1,500.00. It’s sad to see this money go but it is stuff I need/want to backpack around the world. Since I hadn’t been doing any shopping I thought it would feel great buying these things but it actually hurt. I work so hard to save the money and then to see it go in a split second is just sad.
BIG ITEMS I HAVE PURCHASED:
- BACKPACK – Deuter ACT Lite 40 + 10 Pack
Will write a full post with details about this later.
- LAPTOP – 13-inch MacBook Pro
I wasn’t planning on getting it already, but it was $101 off on Black Friday.
- EXTERNAL HARD DRIVE – Western Digital 500GB, USB 2.0
I wasn’t planning on getting it already, but was $15 off on Cyber Monday and I had a $5 off coupon.
BIG ITEMS I STILL NEED TO PURCHASE:
Still need to do research to see which ones I need. I know I need to start getting them late January early February.
Still need to do research to see which countries I need to get a VISA in advance for.
- MEXICAN PASSPORT
I have dual citizenship and am a citizen of Mexico & United States of America. I have my American passport and plan on getting my Mexican one before I leave. I know this will come in hand when crossing some borders.
- TRAVEL INSURANCE
I know for sure I’m buying it I just need to do research to see with which company I am gonna end up going with.
- PLANE TICKET
I plan on purchasing it 3-4 months before departure to find the best deal.
- BANK ACCOUNTS
I need to open a checking account with Charles Schwab and set up a credit card with Capital One. These are the most travel friendly accounts and I plan on taking advantage of that.
So I have gotten a few things out of the way but still have a lot more to do. These are just a list of big items I need. If you wanna see the full list you can read it here.
STATE OF MY EMOTIONS
Planning my RTW trip is a constant tug of war with my emotions. I wake up thinking about it. I go to sleep thinking about it. I really have a million emotions and thoughts just running through my mind at all times… like:
Am I really gonna do this?
After today is one less day to wait for take off.
Do I really want to start in Paris? I can start anywhere in the world.
What if something happens to me on the road?
OMG what if I fall in love with my prince charming?
Ugh I hate my job… (I check the calendar) okay calm down only a few more months.
EEEEeeee I wanna BREAKAWAY already!!!!!
I think over all I am playing it pretty cool and keeping my emotions in check. Okay who am I kidding sometimes I just can’t control them. I know to a few people I can’t shut up about it (thanks Jessica & Jorge & the whole travel/twitter community for putting up with me) but I just can’t help it. I have to talk to someone about it.
I’ve done a lot already to get ready for the big day, but I don’t think its going to hit me until I purchase my plane ticket. Okay no its not going to hit me until I board the plane to PARIS. That’s when I am gonna feel like this… FREE & FEARLESS!!!
I think in general I have made good progress. Some of the things I still need to buy/do I cannot start buying/doing until my departure date gets closer. So what do y’all think, any advice on what I should get? Do you know who I can write too to get a bailout? Am I missing any major items on any of my lists? If you’ve been or already are on a RTW trip how soon was it before you did/bought some of the big items I have left to do/buy? Give me any and all advice or just your thoughts below.