On January 4th I gave my employer 10 weeks notice and on January 6th I purchased a one-way flight to Mexico. This was immediately followed by nausea, panic and anxiety. Fortunately, the next day it was replaced with exhilaration. I was making progress.
That small burst of productivity subsided and procrastination set in. I’ve been talking up this trip for a year, mastering a spiel along with with nearly formulaic answers to all the typical questions:
where are you going? how long are you going? aren’t you worried about traveling alone?
and what will you do when you get back?
Yet I haven’t progressed in the next stage of a RTW plan. I blame it on my notorious procrastination and fear to actually spend my savings.
For over a year I watched my savings account slowly creep toward my travel goal and while I’ve surpassed the original goal I feel like Mr. Smithers greedily clinging on to every last cent. I want a netbook. I need a netbook. I do not want to spend money on a netbook.
But I have to change and start spending; my lackadaisical attitude will only hurt me in the end so below looks like a list but it’s really a set of deadines:
1. Complete blog, there are a few things I still want to do – why can’t I find a simple WordPress plugin so people can enter their email for new post updates.
2. Finish buying items from packing list
3. Create packing list<
4. Find a Canadian bank and credit card company that won’t gouge me in foreign transaction and admin fees
5. Buy Netbook and download photo editing software (fingers crossed Lightroom works), Skype and iTunes
6. Sell remaining items on Kijiji, and donate remainder to charity
1. Buy travel insurance, likely from World Nomads, there doesn’t seem to be a better option even though theft isn’t really covered
2. Decide to either pay the $150 for a Yellow Fever shot or find a cheaper solution in Mexico
3. Get additional passport photos (thanks Thinking Nomads!)
4. Get more memory for camera
1. Call Health Ontario to let them know I won’t be needing free health care for a while. Then ponder why Americans haven’t figured out universal healthcare is actually a good thing
2. Hair cut/colour, eyebrows waxed
3. Buy US dollars and Mexican Pesos
4. Book first two nights accommodation
5. Get up early enough to visit the insanely popular Black Hoof Cafe in Toronto and eat the Bone Marrow Doughnuts
6. Clean and empty apartment
I think that’s all. If not, in those remaining two weeks , I’ll be scurrying around frantically trying to balance last minute chores with tearful goodbyes. Unless, of course, you see something and are kind enough to comment…