February Recap

Oh my, it’s been a hot minute since my last post. For the first time in what seems like a while, I am happy, and apparently, it seems, I have less to blog about when I’m happy.

Don’t get me wrong, I still want this trip to happen. I want to experience the world, and I will in no way stop saving for it to happen. In the mean time, however, I won’t stop living my life waiting for my dreams to become a reality.

I have to make them a reality, and for the last two months, I’ve been saving pretty diligently. Here’s a recap of February:

* Bulk transferring in mass: If I get any extra unexpected cash during the month, i go ahead and transfer it without giving it a second thought. Most if the time, I won’t really miss it that way.

*Money Saving Challenges As I mentioned last month, I’m doing both the Penny a Day Challenge and 52 Week Challenge. Between January and February’s deposits, there was already a $15 jump (from $30 in January to $45 in February).

*Rollover from January: In January, I did a couple odd jobs that I didn’t collect on until mid-month February.

Total for February: $577

It’s still not a lot, but it’s $577 more dollars than I had set aside this time a month ago.

What are your favorite saving tricks?

Planning: Oh the places I may go…

Though busy saving, I haven’t yet dived into the nitty gritty world of planning. I will admit that I am scared. I am scared of failure and that I may, in fact, be going in over my head. For those who I’ve mentioned my travel dreams to, there seem to be two camps: the “that will be fucking awesome” one and the “we’ll believe it when we see it” one. 

At this point, I think 99.9% of my friends and family (again, of those I’ve actually told) fall into the latter. They may phrase it in an OMG-that-would-be-fucking-awesome tone, but all the while, I can hear the doubt laced between each syllable. 

Each penny that I save is another brick in the road to my RTW travels. And with that comes the rough ideas that will form into plans. Something, I suppose, that may initially look a little like this:

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And to think that is just a very, very rough draft based off the things I know more for certain than others. As you can see, I plan to leave from SEA following my brothers wedding in June of 2015. From there, I’d like to spend a good chunk of time getting to know Asia, from China and Japan to all the islands of SE Asia, followed by a trip to the vast Down under. 

After that, I really have no idea where I would be headed until the following August. Yes, I am planning to crash Rio for the 2016 Olympics, and yes, I’m fully aware that will kill my budget for the entire trip. I have my reasons (which you will most likely find out sooner, rather than later). 

So there you have it. My first official go at planning this massive, 15-month endeavor, and holy shit, do I have a ways to go!

What do you think — are there any places you recommend I add to the agenda? Any places that I should avoid?  

 

Weaknesses

** Happy Valentine’s Day!! This post isn’t really what I had planned for today, but such is life. I guess this is what happens when your Internet craps out (or more like your computer’s wireless receiver). Otherwise, this would have been a much lovey dovey-er type pose

Weaknesses. We all have them. Unfortunately, this means that not even I am above them, especially when they pertain to eating out and running races (and maybe cookies too). Continue reading