I’ve had the idea to travel ruminating in my brain for some time. In fact, for two years straight it was all I thought about. I went over different itineraries, thought about how long I could feasibly travel for, and even became as thrifty as I could. Nice dinners transformed to rice and beans, and the active life of a mid-twenty something became less and less outrageous. Each penny saved meant more time abroad.
For the first two years after my university, I worked, saved, and planned for my epic adventure. I wasn’t certain when it would actually come or if I would have the guts to quit work and go. As time went on, though, and my bank account started to take form while my job became less engaging, I knew the time was soon.
In May of this year I decided to leave my job and comfy life in Boulder, Colorado to travel for as long as my money will allow me. I’ve started my journey in Southeast Asia, and plan to stay here until December. After returning home for a wedding and Christmas, I plan to travel to India in January and February, then do some temp work in Australia, then continue to travel in Oz, New Zealand, Tasmania, and Indonesia.
What made this journey possible was taking the initiative to save and plan. I researched where the most cost efficient places to travel are, what my budget needs to be, and where I can work and Couch Surf to save money. Though it seems like a dream, traveling, writing, and enjoying living free has become a reality.