Why at 32 I’ve decided to stop what I’m doing and travel for 5 months
As you may have noticed lately my blog posts have been a little delayed. But there has been a reason for it. The past few weeks I’ve begun to set in motion a big life change. I have been talking about taking time off for work for a while now, but finally it’s happening. Starting July 23rd of this year I will be taking 5 months off work to travel around the world.
Many of you might be having a WTF moment right now? Asking yourselves why? how? how come? and I say WHY NOT? The past few weeks I’ve been making my dreams a reality. The easy and fun part was making different itineraries. It kept me up countless nights trying to create the perfect itinerary. Adding places, scratching off others. Seeing if it was feasible to fly from one destination to another without wasting too much time.
At a certain point I said to myself, pick destinations in which you’ve always dreamt of, Places you’ve always wanted to see and use those as the main focus of this trip, and whatever you add around that would just compliment the trip. Unfortunately, picking places is easy, its paying for them that’s hard. Each destination, each flight, each extra day of travel costs more money. So I need to be smart. I can’t be totally cheap about everything because I do need to enjoy my trip but I can’t expect to be travelling luxurious either, I’m not exactly a rich man.
I’ve taken the time to make a budget, I must have made dozen of budgets, I’m so fed up of numbers now. Most of the time the numbers end up being discouraging, I end up with a massive debt any way I look at it. I still have a house and car to pay for. I still need to pay insurances even though I’m gone, and I won’t be making any income for the next 5 months.
So why? Why would I do this to myself, and the reason is quite simple at the end of the day. Because I want to, this is what makes me happy, this has been a dream of mine for a long time and I rather live my life saying, I did it, instead of saying I wish I had done it. My life hasn’t exactly panned out the way I sometimes wish it could of. It would be nice to be in love, settled down and married and possibly welcoming a child into my life. But that wasn’t the path I was intended to take. Through the many heart breaks and failed relationships I’ve grown as a person. I’ve grown to accept that it wasn’t my time yet and that there was more to life then what has been taught to us since we were kids. I call it the western world of thinking. We go to school, find a good job, work hard, make money, get married, have children, raise them through school and then retire, and try to enjoy whatever life we have left. The idea of this sounds great and for a long time I was on that path. But now I’ve decided my life needs to follow its own different path.
So here I am at 32, ready to put my “western” life on hold for a little while, while I embark on a journey of a lifetime. I don’t exactly know how I will feel while i’m gone, will I be happy? sad? lonely? How much will I miss my every day luxuries? How much will I miss my family? Will I be fed up of travelling at the end of the 5 months? Will I never want to come back home? These are all questions with no answers but I’m excited and anxious to find out. This is a journey I need to take. A journey which will allow me to grow and become a better person.
From now till the end of my journey, I will be talking about how to prepare for such a travel experience, The important things to look at and take care of before you leave. How to pack, what to pack. And I will try my best to talk about my raw emotions during the trip. The highlights and lowlights. Things I should have improved or changed etc etc, I’m excited for you all to join me on this journey and hopefully inspire you to do the same!
Have any of you guys travelled long term? What were your feelings? Have any of you dreamt about doing the same but haven’t had the means or courage to do so? What is holding you back? I’m excited to hear about your comments.
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