Here it is, the 6 month point!

In 6 months time, I will be officially off on my round the world trip! Over the past couple of months, I’ve become incredibly fickle and even more indecisive. I’m currently changing my mind about possible destinations every day. More on that later…

So for now, here’s a list of everything I’m planning on doing before next month:

Decluttering

Decluttering is the main thing I’m really going to be focusing on over the next month. I have an incredible amount of clutter and confess to being a total hoarder. Since making the decision to travel, I’ve come to the conclusion that my house contains a lot of junk and it all has to go!

I have over 50 physics textbooks from my degree, and while I love having my own little physics library at home, it’s unnecessary to keep them, especially when the majority of them are on areas I will never study again. I’m going to start by listing them on Amazon, and hope that a few of them start to sell. After a bit of research, I’ve found that Amazon pays quite well for textbooks in comparison to other online stores.

This is what four years of a physics degree amounts to!

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 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 donate them to a charity shop.

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!

Technology

This month, I’m going to research possible cameras to take with me, too. I want a really good camera, and I currently have my eye on a Canon EOS 550D. This is likely to cost me about £700-£800 so 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, point and shoot camera that I can carry around with me at all times — something cheap for those times when I don’t feel comfortable getting out my SLR.

I’m thinking about buying a new laptop, too. I currently have a Macbook Pro, which I love to bits but I think I’ll have to sell it and buy a new one with the money I make. I want one that’s light and small, so it won’t take up much room. I would also like it to be cheap!

I’m considering buying a Kindle. 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 get through most of them in a few days! A Kindle would solve this problem. I could buy some Lonely Planet guidebooks for specific locations and put them on there, too, so I’d have everything all in one place.

Vaccinations

I have a confession to make: I hate needles! In fact, every time I’ve had to have a blood test, I’ve ended up passing out! 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 have to given 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.

Destinations

I’d like to make a decision on my first three months of travelling by the end of the month. I’ve decided to start in Morocco now, and spend around two months in Europe going to the places I most want to visit. I’m 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 as an alternative to flying after I’m finished in Europe, but I’m still not sure on this yet.

Finances

I’m 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, so these should help tip me over the edge.

Have any suggestions about what else I should be doing at this point before leaving? Can you offer any advice about anything else in the post? Leave a comment and let me know! :)

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