This is it! We are now one year exactly from our departure date to Ecuador, the first stop on the big trip. It is hard to believe that it is so close, and we still have so much to do.
At the end of each year I like to take an inventory of what has been accomplished and what I want more of in my life going forward. Since we are now on a one-year countdown for the trip, it seems appropriate to do the same thing here.
What we’ve accomplished:
- Saved enough money for at least one year on the road
- Donated many clothes and household items to Goodwill
- Sold golf clubs, electronics, and extra furniture on Craigslist
- Creatively maintained a great social life while living within our budget
- Told our friends, family, and Warren’s boss about the trip – no more secrets!
- Built a quality readership on the blog of intelligent, thoughtful people
- Started increasing our skills for blogging, web design, consulting and writing so we can earn money on the road long-term
What we need to do next:
- Increase our schedule of selling/donating items (even as minimalists, there is still a lot of stuff)
- Reach out to more travelers and bloggers to strengthen our network
- Prepare the house to be listed in the spring and build a website for it
- Find temporary furnished housing after the house sells
- Take our cat and some personal belongings to New Mexico to live with my mom
- Get our shots and physicals
- Kick up our exercise/healthy eating plan to lose another 20 pounds each before we go
- Update our passports
- Buy our trip clothes (fast-drying underwear and socks!)
- Figure out what to do with our mail
- Plan our going away party!
This year has been eye-opening, and I’m surprised at how much we’ve already experienced before even leaving home. Getting rid of all your stuff and knowing you will be saying goodbye to your friends and lifestyle has a profound effect on the way you live your day-to-day life, and I highly recommend the experience.
We have more joy, satisfaction, and excitement in our lives than ever before, and it costs us a fraction of what our old life did. I can’t wait to see what it will be like when we hit the road.
Thank you, dear readers, for following along as we remake our lives to live our dream. I wish the same for you, whether your adventure lies halfway around the world or in your own backyard.