Am I Really Doing This?
For the past few months I have been toying with the idea of literally taking a trip around the world. My plan is to take 1 year, or perhaps more, and experience as much culture and beauty as possible. I feel like now is the time. I’m at a point in my life where I am in decent physical shape. I can climb all the mountains and see all the sites. I’ve worked my entire life and have a great job; this has given me the financial cushion to pull off such a comprehensive trip. There is nothing holding me back or keeping me in the United States. So why not take off and explore all the beauty the world has to offer?
Don’t get me wrong – I’m actually very fiscally responsible and max out my retirement funds each year. I also see no point in hoarding the remainder of my funds. My car and clothing are very basic, I don’t drink or party, and I rarely ever eat out at restaurants. Money spent on hair, nails, or expensive makeup are never my priority or preference. I live way below my means. Live simply and experience deeply. All of my funds are strictly dedicated to immersing myself in travel and experiencing as much as I can. It is one of my greatest passions.
Living in the Moment
Life is highly unpredictable and tomorrow is never guaranteed. There is nothing that I love more than living and experiencing things fully in the moment, free of distractions. I’d rather travel the world now, than to have unlimited funds in my 70s, when I won’t be as agile and energetic. Let’s be real – I have the rest of my life to work. I am going to spend the remainder of my life working, even into old age, as most people do. And that’s okay, because I actually love my full time job!
For these reasons, I have decided that I am going to make this trip around the world happen. I couldn’t be more excited! Although travel is difficult and unpredictable with the Covid pandemic, it is possible. Everything I want to do and see is outdoors. I’m quietly watching the progression of the pandemic to plan as best as I can. Barring any major disasters, I plan to start on the western edge of Europe and slowly make my way east. I’m thinking March 2022. I’ve given my employer the heads up. This is happening.
The planning begins now. Follow my journey as I take you on a trip around the world!