As you all know by now I made a huge change of plans and instead of having about 7 months to get everything ready before leave I now have (as of today) 42 days. I have put all my crazy fears and worries behind me. The one thing I am worried about though is that for some reason I have not been motivated to plan anything or get the shit I need to get done before I leave done.
As for the planning right now I only know I will be landing in San Jose, Costa Rica on March 1, 2010. I may spend a few days there and then head over to a beach town and be a beach bum for a few weeks then who knows. I did take some of y’alls advice and went ahead and bought a guidebook on Central America along with one for the Middle East (I plan on going later this year). I have been reading the Central America guidebook and am so glad I made the change of plans. I think it will be a great place to pop the million-travel/backpacking cherries that are going to be popped on this trip.
As for the shit that I need to get done before I leave thankfully I started preparing for this months ago and had already started buying stuff little by little. I have just about all the travel gear/stuff that I will need on the road. Now the shit that I need to get done is small things that are actually huge things. Let me explain.
TO DO LIST
- SALE TYLER
Selling TYLER is what I’m most worried about because this is going to fund a big portion of the adventure. I have posted an ad on Cragislist & am spreading the word on my Facebook page about it.
I got TDAP, Typhoid & the 1st round of Hep A&B (need round 2 & 3). I also need to get Yellow Fever, Polio Booster & Japanese Encephalitis.
- OPEN/CLOSE ACCOUNTS
I have opened my Charles Schwab checking account and now just need to apply for the Capital One credit card. I also need to close my accounts with Chase Bank. I will not need them anymore.
- ROLLOVER 401k
Need to cancel my 401k with my employer and roll it over to Charles Schwab.
- TRAVEL INSURANCE
- PLAN A BACHELORETTE PARTY
The moment my best friend Erika got engaged I promised her that I would plan her bachelorette party. I’m disappointed that I will not be able to attend because it is the same weekend as my brothers wedding, but I’m still going to plan it. I think I have this figured out.
- CANCEL CAR INSURANCE
Selling my car so I won’t need this anymore.
- CANCEL MY CELL PHONE CONTRACT
Decided I’m not taking my cell phone with me so I won’t need this anymore.
I will be able to get these upon arrival in each country in Central America.
- GET EYE EXAM
I wear glasses & have not had my eyes checked in over a year. I want to get my prescription so if something happens to my glasses I have it ready.
- MAKE COPIES OF EVERYTHING
Have read on a few sites to make a copy of all your important documents and leave them behind with someone you trust. I think it is a very smart idea so I will leave behind a copy of my passport and all my debit/credit cards that I take with me.
- MAKE EXTRA PASSPORT PHOTO COPIES
To enter some countries you need to provide them with one or two passport size photos of you. I am going to have my sister make me a few to have with me incase this circumstance does arise.
- QUIT MY JOB
Still don’t know if I am going to give a two weeks notice or send an email to the floor that I quit and am now going to travel the world.
- PLAN MY GOING AWAY/BIRTHDAY PARTY
My birthday is a few days before I leave so of course I will be having a going away/birthday party.
This is the shit I need to get done before I leave. Most of them seem like small things but in the bigger picture they are all actually huge things that I must get done. I wrote this list the day after I bought my ticket. Since then I have not put much of a dent on it and am not worried. It is not like me to not worry or be freaking out about these things. I guess I feel like I still have time and that it is too soon for me to do some of these things anyway. I think I will get most of these done within the next few weeks. What do y’all think should I be worried? Am I missing anything important on this list?