Here it is, the 6 month point! In 6 months time I will be officially off to embark on my Round The World adventure! Over the past couple of months I have become incredibly fickle and extremely indecisive, and I’m currently changing my mind about possible destinations every day! More on that later…
So for now, I have written a checklist of all the things I intend to do before the 5 month point.
This is the main thing I’m really going to focus on over the next month. I have an incredible amount of clutter, and confess to being a total hoarder! Since making the big decision to travel the world, I have come to the conclusion that my whole house contains a load of junk, and it all has to go!
I have over 50 physics textbooks from my degree, and whilst I love having my own physics library at home, it really is unnecessary to have these textbooks when the majority of them are on areas I will never study for the rest of my life! I’m going to start by listing every single one on Amazon, and hope that a few of them start to sell.
I also want to try and get rid of all my CDs and DVDs this month too. There are a few websites that will buy your second hand ones off of you, and although I won’t make as much as I would selling them individually, I just want to get rid of them as soon as possible!
As for books that aren’t textbooks, I can’t see me being able to sell them for a lot of money on Amazon, eBay, or otherwise, so I will just donate these to a charity shop close to me.
Other than these main items, I’ll start listing random junk on eBay that I think might be worth something and hope for the best!
I’m going to do a lot of research into possible cameras to take on the trip too. I want a really good camera, and I currently have my eye on a Canon EOS 550D. This will cost me about £700-£800 and I don’t know if I can justify spending that amount of money on a camera! On top of that, I also want a smaller, pocket camera that I can carry around with me at all times, but that doesn’t have to be anything super expensive.
I also will need to buy a new laptop. I currently have a Macbook Pro which I love to bits, and it makes me want to cry to think about selling it, but I will have to sell it and buy a new one with the money I make. I just want one that is extremely light, and also quite small so it won’t take up much room. I would also like it to be cheap!!!
I am considering buying a Kindle too for my trip. I love to read while I’m away but I REALLY don’t want to have to carry lots of heavy books with me, especially when I know I’ll read most of them in 24 hours! A Kindle would solve this problem, and they’re really light too which is another bonus! I could buy some Lonely Planet guidebooks for specific locations and put them on there too, so I have everything all in one place.
I have a confession to make: I HATE needles! In fact, every time I’ve ever had to have a blood test in the past, it’s led to me passing out, which has been more than a little embarrassing! I wish I could get away with not having any at all, but it’s something I have to do, especially as I’ve heard a lot of them you have to have several months in advance! This is going to be tough to do as I’m not sure exactly where I’m planning on visiting, but any countries I think I MIGHT go to will have to be included. I hope to start getting a list of these together over the next few weeks.
I’d like to make a decision on my first three months of travelling by the end of the month. I have decided to actually start in Morocco now, and spend around two months in Europe going to the places I most want to visit. I am finding it tough to narrow down the options to just a few, but hopefully by the end of the month I’ll have a much better idea.
I’ve started looking into travelling on the Trans-Siberian Railway too as an alternative to flying after I’m done with Europe, but I’m still not sure on this yet.
Hopefully with me trying to sell a lot of what i own will lead to me making a lot of money. I am almost on track to reach my target savings goal by July. There’s a few websites I use to write online reviews, which used to earn me £50 a month, as well as some online survey websites that I use too for a little extra income, but I’ll write a proper blog post detailing these ways of making money in the near future. The following graph indicates my budget, and how much I want to have saved by July 2011:
Have any suggestions about what else I should be doing at this point before leaving? Have any advice about anything else I’ve spoken about in the post? Leave a comment and let me know! :)