Long-Term Travel – How I’m Feeling

I have a giant list of post ideas for my little blog, and sat down this afternoon with the intention of working through just that, but with our long-term travel adventure looming my brain has other ideas and this candid snapshot of thoughts came out instead!

Our adventure begins in about three weeks time, so it has been a hectic few weeks of organisation, finishing up projects at work, and managing to sell most of our stuff – and as to be expected not all has gone smoothly and easily. Last night was the first night I have slept for 8 hours in a looong time, and man, it felt good!

The best way I can describe my brain at the moment is like a blender on the pulse function – a mixture of feelings all whizzed up together in go-go-go mode! Every now and then though, I find myself completely calm with this content feeling that everything is going to work out fine. Which it will, of course, but there is plenty to do before then! My mind is playing tricks on me and it is all rather confusing!

Home Nelson New Zealand

I thought it might be a good practice to write down what’s on my mind now so that hopefully, in a year or so, I can look back and laugh/reminisce about the silly things I was worried about at the time. Here goes my random brain dump…

I’m going to miss this place, and everybody that comes with it. I seem to have this problem that the minute I feel comfortable somewhere I have this urge to shake it up and do something outside my comfort zone. I love change, but it also terrifies me. I’m going to miss my perfect little house, my car (I had to say goodbye to it yesterday), my family, my friends, earning money, my part-time dog…at least I don’t have to say goodbye to Alan!

Home Backyard

Going to miss playing with this guy in our backyard!

What if I don’t like travelling? I’ve backpacked for 3 months through Asia before, but never any longer than that. And I talk about travelling ALL the time. Will we come crawling back with our tails between our legs after just a month or so? Gosh, I hope not.

Will we get our to-do lists done before we go? I sure hope so! Aaaah brain overload, so much to do.

I am so excited to own hardly anything. We have sold SO much stuff. Our cars, all of our whiteware, furniture, plus lots of clothes and nick-nacky things. And it feels good! I’m worried about when we come back (will we come back?) how we will afford to buy the things we need, but for now it feels wonderful, and I am inspired to live a more minimalistic life. Hopefully this mindset lasts!

Everybody else is starting to spend money on responsible things, and I’m about to splurge my entire savings on travel. My Facebook feed is filled with friends buying homes, getting married, having babies, buying new pets, engagement rings and new cars. These are all things I want, but not just yet. Should I want that right now? Am I going to regret spending all of this money on adventuring through the unknown rather than a downpayment on a mortgage? Gosh, that sounds so serious. I’m confident in our decision to travel and I’m positive that we won’t regret it – but my Facebook feed certainly doesn’t agree with me!

I’m proud of how I’ve retrained myself in regards to my money. I used to never have a second thought about spending a day at the mall and purchasing essentially a new wardrobe, buying a takeaway coffee at the office each morning, or spending $10 or more on my lunch nearly every single day. Since January this year when I began saving for our holiday to Costa Rica, I have been so strict on myself when it comes to money. I haven’t bought new clothes in months, nor a coffee, nor lunch. I pack my lunch every single day. I drink coffee that is provided for free in our staffroom. And I repeat outfits often. So what? I’ve managed to save a truckload of money! In this process I have also become great at budgeting, become a lot closer to my money and understand my financial position a lot better including my gigantic student loan and Kiwisaver.

Philippines Beach Travel

Can’t wait for views like this, and warm temperatures!

I’m dying of anticipation! I’m eager to board that plane and turn all of my travel dreams into reality. This long-term trip has been in the back of my mind for more than 10 years, and I’m SO excited that the timing has finally fallen into place. We have a very basic plan, and I just can’t wait to see how our adventures evolve as we discover new opportunities, meet new people, and become comfortable with life on the road.

Have you ever set off for a long-term adventure? What were your thoughts going into it?


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7 Responses to Long-Term Travel – How I’m Feeling

  1. Ahhh I’m so excited for you!
    Can totally relate to some of these things too – I felt so free after selling heaps of my stuff on Trade Me and dropping a bunch at the Sallies – there’s something about downsizing your life that is so empowering!
    Can’t wait to follow your upcoming adventure!

  2. Christie says:

    Thanks for your comment, Liz! It feels so good to be getting rid of so much stuff, ah the freedom!

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  4. Hayley Dabinette says:

    Great post! I totally relate to what you said about just settling into somewhere and getting comfortable and then wanting to shake things up and change! I feel a bit like that right now, have bought a house and dog in Nelson and have only been here a year and now I’m like “right done that now! I need an adventure and excitement, where to next?!” I’m sure I’m sending my family grey lol they are very different to me and are very settled whereas I feel there is a big wide world out there and there is plenty of time to settle down and be responsible later! So great choice to go travelling while you can and worry about houses and serious things like that later! I’m in the process of renting my house out and planning some new adventures which is exciting but like how u feel about change, a little scary too! Your travel stories are so inspiring, can’t wait to keep reading:) xxx

    • Christie says:

      Hayley! Thanks so much for your comment 🙂 haha despite being a bit of a nester at times (poor Alan’s mum has a cupboard full of our many kitchen appliances! lol) I’m always of the mindset that there is plenty of time to settle down and be responsible later, exactly like you say. Owning a home though will be such a great asset for you for whatever you want to do in life, and its great to have achieved a milestone like that so young! I’ll be coming home to zero in the bank and just my beloved food processor, juicer and creme brûlée torch….haha. I’ll probably be old and grey by the time I can save up enough for a deposit on a house. Can’t wait to see and hear where your new adventures take you, I’m so excited for you! Also I really want to meet your dog, he is seriously cute 🙂 xxx

  5. Ah! I’m less than three weeks away from my six month solo trip to Southeast Asia! I totally agree with the blender-pulse brain. I’m so excited but have an endless list of things to take care of before I leave. Eek!

    • Christie says:

      Aaah thats so exciting, not long to go now! Blender-pulse brain can me a mad challenge to deal with, but I promise the minute you’re sitting on that plane and flying away, all your worries will disappear. Hope to cross paths somewhere in SEA in the next few months! Good luck with those last few weeks getting organised 🙂

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