Travel

How I’m preparing for my trip.

January 11, 2018
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I’m not great at planning. I think to think I’m pretty organized but when it comes to planning things out I struggle quite a bit. For example… I booked a one way flight to Australia before my house sold and now I leave in 7 days and still own a house. SMART. Soooo besides that I’ve been trying to prepare to leave my hometown for the next 6 months (or more, who knows) and it’s been kind of a struggle. Trying to figure out how I’m going to pay my bills and afford to travel until my house sells has been stressful to say the least but I think I have it figured out. I like to make lists so today I’m making a list of things I’m doing to prepare for my trip.

I’m selling all of my stuff. This is a seriously annoying process that I hope to never go through again. I’m realizing just how much stuff I have and cringing at the thought of all the money I threw away on things I don’t need.

I’m signing things over to my parents. Since I’ll be on the other side of the world, I won’t be able to show my house or sign any papers so I’m meeting with my lawyer to sign papers giving my dad the ability to take over. Thank god for dads right?

I’m spending time with all of my friends. I’ve lived in Sudbury for almost my entire life and it’s going to be weird to be away from them for so long. I’m not sure when or if I’ll be back in Sudbury so I’m trying to check off all of my Sudbury bucket list items while spending time with my favourite people. It’s going to be so weird to be in a place where I know one person and at times no one. I’ll be totally alone and need to put myself out there and meet people and that makes me nervous. But excited.

I’m starting a bullet journal. I’ve always LOVED planners but the last three years I worked for a company building a productivity tool so I put my planners aside and started using the app. Now that I’m not working there I can finally get back to my beloved planners. But I’m doing it a bit different this time. I’m starting a bullet journal and because I feel like it, I’ll share a post with more details soon. I’m using it to keep track of where I’m going, what I’m doing while I’m there and saving notes I want to keep track of.

I’m getting work done ahead of time for all of my projects. I’m the co-founder of Our Crater, vice chair of the Young Professionals Association of Greater Sudbury and content coordinator for Neighbours of South Sudbury Magazine. I’m staying on with all three of these projects while I’m travelling so I’ve been working extra to make sure I can get everything done ahead of time that is possible and only have to make myself available a few days a month.

I put myself on a budget. I haven’t been spending money for the past month and before that I was limited with what I was spending. I haven’t bought ‘things’ in a really long time and I’ve barely spent money on food (thanks mom and dad for the free meals). I’m pretty sure I have enough to cover my bills and my travel until my house sells but honestly, who knows.

I’m obsessively reading travel blogs. When I decided to go to Australia I didn’t really know what I wanted to do while I was there. I still don’t really but I’ve been spending a lot of my time reading travel blogs and making lists of places to go, things to do and food to eat.

There are probably a lot of other things I should have done before my trip but now I’m a week away and I really need to just pack my bag and get on the plane. I’m super excited but also kind of terrified.

 

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