Over the past few years I’ve felt the growing resurgence of a very familiar itch (and no, I’m not referring to the type of itch you get from a long weekend in TJ!). The itch I’m referring to is one that can only be scratched by exploring the vast and unfamiliar reaches of the globe. This “wanderlust” is what brought me to San Diego 7 years ago, an adventure that has truly changed my life, and it appears that the time has come for it to take me in yet another new direction!
For a long time now I’ve been wanting to visit Australia and New Zealand. I’m not particularly sure why I have such a fascination with these countries (besides the beautiful scenery, attractive women with adorable accents, and more outdoor activities than one could ever want), but my desire to explore them has only grown stronger with time. So, about 2 weeks ago I decided it was high time I bite the bullet and plan a trip! As per my usual, the first step in my planning process was to post to Facebook and let everyone know what I was up to. This wasn’t done for the purpose of feeding some mindless need to blast my every action to the masses (“I ate a cheeseburger!”, “I took a dump!”, “I am a mindless drone!”), but rather to poll my peers and see who might have some insights/stories/ideas/etc. to share with me that would aid in my planning. Also, I wanted to see if anyone might want to join in on the trip.
Almost immediately after posting my intentions for adventure, my friend Heather responded, letting me know that she was planning a 3-month trip to SouthEast Asia in the spring. Now to be perfectly honest, I knew next to nothing about that area other than the fact that Thailand is down there; however, it just so happens that I have a friend who is currently living in Thailand, and I’ve been looking for an excuse to go down and visit him, now things are starting to get interesting! I hit Heather up and we decided that a trip to Borders for some coffee and skimming of travel books was in order. It was really great catching up with her, and hearing about her plans to travel through Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, and whatever else strikes her fancy while she’s down that way. Our conversation really brought my inspiration to get this trip under way to a whole new level, and I decided that, along with NZ and AUS, I would now be adding SouthEast Asia to my list of destinations!
Over the next week I spent a lot of time contemplating the logistics of just how to make a multi-month trip work. What do I do with Roxy (my cat)? What about my apt, I don’t want to be paying rent while I’m not hear, and subletting’s not really an option for me. i started weighing my options: I could put all my stuff in storage and get a new apt. when I returned; I could try and find a friend to live at my place and keep an eye on things while I was gone, or I could sell all my stuff and start from scratch. That’s when it dawned on me. I’ve been talking about wanting to see more of the country, and try living in a few new cities for some time now, and this trip could be the perfect catalyst to make that happen. As of this moment, I’m a freelance contractor with no ties to a geographic location, I’m single, and I really have nothing else keeping me in San Diego (other than my friends and the fact that this city is amazing!). Could there be a better time to sell off all my shit, take with me only what I can fit in my car, and start exploring? I think I’ve found my solution.
So this is it, the beginning. My current, and very rough, plan is this:
- Spend the next 4 months working and saving as much as I can.
- Sell off everything that I don’t absolutely need/want/can’t fit in my car (anyone need a new living room set?)
- Plan a 2 month trip to New Zealand, Australia, and SouthEast Asia starting sometime in May.
- Upon returning from my travels, pack up my car and head back to Minnesota. I’d like to spend some time catching up with friends, getting to know my nieces, and hanging out with my family. I have been away for 7 years and I think some quality time is far past due.
- After MN, I’m thinking of just picking cities that I’d like to see/spend more time in (Boston, Vancouver, Denver, San Fran, etc.), and just pointing the car in that direction, renting a furnished apartment on a short term lease, and just seeing what happens.
So there you have it, the grand scheme, minus a few details I probably still need to work out..