Big Dreams: Big Trip
The idea of a long trip has been floating around in my mind for literally years. It is one of those things that lots of us want to do, but few of us want to make the necessary associated sacrifices required to make it happen. I know that next year is the ideal time for T and I to take this adventure, and if I don’t start planning now, it won’t happen.
I’m naturally risk-adverse person when it comes to future plans and money. As I get a little older, I have gained confidence that things will work out and I’ll be able to make things work, even if I don’t have all my ducks in a row. But it is still a bit scary. There are two basic scenarios in which we would be embarking on this trip.
Scenario 1: T has found a job in L.A. and I have negotiated a leave of absence from my job. This is a risk, but it is probably I can do this. I know others who have. We would attempt to sublet our lovely place by the beach, but if it comes down to it, we may pay the premium to keep it. This would range from $1500-$4500 (1-3 months), so… not ideal. However, in this scenario, we both have jobs waiting for us.
Scenario 2: T has found a job somewhere else. While not impossible that I’d also have a fresh new job lined up, it is not super likely. This makes me nervous, but I have to trust I’ll be able to find a new job. T’s salary would cover us until then. This presumes that T has got a job offer in a city we want to live in that also has jobs in industry for me.
It’s not a secret that I’m hoping for scenario 1, but I’d also love to end up in Northern California. But I’ve learned I just can’t worry too much about this stuff yet. It isn’t useful.
The trip itself is not planned in much detail yet. I originally pulled $15,000 out of a hat for a two person budget. I need to evaluate that number and make sure it isn’t too high or too low. We are thinking South America in general, but we don’t have specifics dreamed up. The idea of spending the time hiking the PCT has also crossed my mind, but I really think I want more of a “travel” experience than just pure hiking/backpacking.
In the next 6 months, I’d like to have both a better plan and a better budget. I want this to move from an idea on the shelf to something in the front of our minds. I want to use it as motivation to save more money. And really, I just want this to happen. It seems like it is so hard to pull something like this off without totally going off the beaten path. I don’t want to quit my career forever, I don’t want to be come a freelance travel blogger. I just want to travel a bit.
Do any of you have similar dreams? Or is your dream completely different than mine?