Prepping for Long Term Travel : Month Nine

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 Prepping for Long Term Travel : Month Nine

I realize I’ve been a bit quiet on my blog and social media.  This is due mostly to last week being my last week of my “real job” and also some ongoing medical issues that have become worse in the past few weeks.  But, that will all be changing now since I have loads and loads more time to focus on my site, social media and my upcoming travels.

I have some exciting things that will be happening in the coming weeks and months including a brand new site (which I hope will be ready to launch by the end of the month), several more short trips now that I have the time and some important and exciting announcements about my trip to Asia.

Stay tuned and in the meantime, here is what I did in Month Nine to prepare for long term travel.  Not that busy of a month since I was focused on other things, but nonetheless…

prepping for long term travel


 1.  Savings

Savings is sitting at above $12,000 now – meaning I saved a little over a 1k this month after paying for a lot of blog related expenses.

Next month (rather, this month), I’ll not be working but I am doing a garage sale to get rid of some remaining stuff as well as participating in my first month of renting a booth at the Nashville Flea Market to try and sell some of my photography prints.


 

2.  Guest Posts and Interviews.

I had several opportunities this month to contribute to other sites.  Kelly over at Kelly Ella Maz asked me to contribute to the second part of her Travel Blogger’s Favorite Destinations.  Dawn at Life, Love & Adventure was kind enough to interview me on her site as well as Justin and Lauren over at Justin Plus Lauren.


 3.  Finished my Packing List and Started to Purchase Items.

I’ve for the most part have finished my packing list.

Also, after realizing I had almost $500 in Amazon credit, purchased a large amount of the items including my dag bag, packing cubes, more SD cards for my camera, a universal adapter, mini surge protector, and some other miscellaneous camera equipment and personal items.

That was really exciting to do and receive in the mail.  It put things into a bit more perspective.


 

4.  Put in My Notice at Work.

My original plan was to work full time up until I left in October, but I just wasn’t able to do it.  I was miserable every single day which was dramatically affecting everything in my life – relationships, my health, my writing, my presence on the site and social media.  I was becoming depressed and couldn’t do it any longer.

Now, I’ll be focusing almost all my time to online work, my blog, photography and so on.  I will get a part time job if needed.


 

5.  Narrowed the Itinerary Down.

This has been giving me a headache for quite some time now.  I didn’t want to plan everything out, but I also knew I wanted to be in certain places at certain times due to festivals, weather, etc.  Stay tuned for my post about my basic itinerary soon!


 

What’s up Next?

  • Continue getting rid of things I don’t need including a garage sale.
  • Continue getting things on packing list.
  • Finish up the re-design of my site (you’re gonna love it!)
  • Start looking at things like travel insurance options.

What else do I need to be focused on?  Any tips on working from home?

Ashley is the mastermind behind A Southern Gypsy, a travel blog focused adventure, outdoors, wildlife and Vegan food! In between bigger trips, she is delivering the best of her hometown, Nashville. Up next | Florida Road Trip, Cruise to Mexico + Honduras + Voodoo Fest in New Orleans Hates mustard & pickles. Needs coffee to function.

43 Comments

  1. Marissa

    June 14, 2014 at 7:29 PM

    Love the quote in this post! Best of luck to you in your travel preparations!

  2. Lauren

    June 14, 2014 at 11:18 PM

    Can’t wait to see your new site design! Soon enough you’ll be on your trip, too!

  3. Mandie @ RamblingMandie

    June 14, 2014 at 11:25 PM

    You will feel so much better when you can just focus on the online stuff. A job that is making you completely miserable isn’t worth it – I learned that the hard way. Hope this next month gets better! 🙂

  4. Jessica @ Independent Travel Cats

    June 15, 2014 at 2:43 AM

    Must be so exciting to start selling off so many things and also getting new travel stuff in the mail!We are actually also in the process of looking into travel insurance for our upcoming trip to Africa and have been somewhat overwhelmed by the range of choices. If you come up with some tips after exploring options, I would love to see a post on that:)

  5. Emma

    June 15, 2014 at 3:13 AM

    That quote is so true…. Good luck with everything! 🙂

  6. Phoebe @ Lou Messugo

    June 15, 2014 at 4:16 AM

    It sounds like N° 4 was the most important thing to do, I hope things get easier now that step is done.

  7. Molly S

    June 15, 2014 at 4:21 AM

    I love that quote! Sounds like you’ve made some good decisions – can’t wait to read more about what you’ve got planned 🙂

  8. Rachel

    June 15, 2014 at 4:51 AM

    Congrats on saving so much! I hope you have a successful outing at the Nashville Flea Market, I’ve had a look through your prints on Etsy and they’re really good. Looking forward to seeing your new site and hearing about your new announcements!

  9. Elizabeth

    June 15, 2014 at 6:03 AM

    Hi I’m new to your blog – I found you through the SundayTraveler. These are great tips for moving or traveling abroad – especially getting rid of things you don’t need!

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  11. Dave Cole

    June 15, 2014 at 7:34 AM

    Nothing better than getting new camera equipment in the mail! Just great toys for travel bloggers. Looking forward to the revamped site – are you switching from the Thesis classic responsive skin to a new one?

  12. Corinne

    June 15, 2014 at 8:26 AM

    Ashley, It looks like you are well on your way. This is such an informative post for those that want to take a time off and travel full time.

  13. Lisa at Wanderlust Women

    June 15, 2014 at 9:04 AM

    As long as your organized, the is no stress to long term travel. Buon viaggio

  14. Brittany @ Paws for Beer

    June 15, 2014 at 11:02 AM

    Good for you for recognizing how your job was influencing things and fixing the problem! Lots of people, myself included, would just put up with it to stay in their comfort zone.

  15. Michele {Malaysian Meanders}

    June 15, 2014 at 7:50 PM

    It sounds like things are really coming along. That’s great about all that Amazon credit! I understand what you mean about keeping the itinerary loose yet wanting to make sure you end up in the right place for key events. From what I can tell, this is a good method — partially structured but mostly plan-as-you-go. It seems like the long term travelers who get the most stressed out are the ones who have a high number of places to check off in each country. As for the weather, if you go to Phuket, December-ish is when the waters are quieter. I made the mistake of trying to save money and going in the low season in August. The water was so choppy that I couldn’t go out to Koh Phi Phi which was the main reason why I wanted to visit Phuket.

  16. Katie @ The World on my Necklace

    June 16, 2014 at 1:09 AM

    Exciting times! Good on you for quitting your job if you were so unhappy there. I am planning to work for the next year then take a year off myself to travel and work on my blog. I am looking forward to seeing your itinerary 🙂

  17. Ashley

    June 16, 2014 at 12:37 PM

    Ah, the garage sale. It’s the best way to earn some extra cash before you go. I can’t wait to see your itinerary. If you decide to head to Amsterdam let me know!

  18. Alli

    June 16, 2014 at 1:34 PM

    Way to go! Very courageous of you to quit your job even though it wasn’t exactly when or how you initially planned. I’m eager to see the itinerary you have mapped out.

  19. Hannah

    June 16, 2014 at 4:28 PM

    I’m so excited for you- it’s getting so close! I can’t wait to see your itinerary and travel plans.

  20. Dennis Kopp

    June 17, 2014 at 3:47 AM

    Travel preparation is always quite a task Ashley, but you seem to be well organized. Getting rid of everything can be quite a nostalgic moment, but on the other hand it will be quite liberating as well. Good luck for your continued packing efforts and I am looking forward to seeing your new site… 🙂

  21. Brianna

    June 17, 2014 at 4:38 PM

    Very exciting. I wish you luck as you prepare for the journey of a lifetime!

  22. Brianna

    June 17, 2014 at 4:38 PM

    Very exciting. I wish you luck as you prepare for the journey of a lifetime!

  23. Rachel@safari254

    June 17, 2014 at 6:51 PM

    ” …I was miserable every single day which was dramatically affecting everything in my life … I was becoming depressed and couldn’t do it any longer.” – I know how it feels, I’ve had a similar experience.
    Otherwise best of luck as you prepare for the journey of a lifetime.

  24. Lisa

    June 17, 2014 at 8:07 PM

    Love, love, love the quote. Exciting to see how far your progress has been!

  25. Amy

    June 18, 2014 at 7:08 AM

    It must be so freeing to turn in that resignation letter. I know how it is to be stuck in a job that just makes you miserable. Now you can focus on the good stuff. Sounds like your planning is going well!

  26. Chris Boothman

    June 18, 2014 at 9:35 AM

    Always love it when I have some spare dollars in the old Amazon account to be able to buy some new tech products for travel. Doesn’t happen very often so make the most of it! It’s coming ever closer where you will be venturing out to SE Asia so I am sure you are getting both excited and nervous over the move. Just to let you know that you will have plenty of followers on your travels and will be supporting you!

  27. Adelina

    June 18, 2014 at 10:55 AM

    Congrats on quitting the job! A scary prospect, but you’ll probably feel so much better. 🙂 I’m starting to feel the same way about my current situation, but I’m too scared to do anything rash right now. A dilemma – even if I do leave my job I have no idea what I’ll do. Otherwise, it looks like things are looking good for you!

  28. Margherita @The Crowded Planet

    June 18, 2014 at 3:54 PM

    Congrats Ashley, you’re ready for the big jump. When I went away for my big RTW trip I was ready to leave everything, now I would like to do it again but I keep having second thoughts. I need to find the courage to do it again. I love my job, I think that’s the problem. It’s easy to leave a job you hate, not one you like.

  29. Tam @ Travelling Book Junkie

    June 19, 2014 at 3:26 AM

    Wow, having the nerve to give up your job is a big step and congratulations for taking that step! It has taken us a bit longer to realise, but after some time, we have finally come to the decision ourselves, that 2015 is going to be our year for exploration as well. Good luck with your photography I can’t wait to hear how it goes! 🙂

  30. Jen Seligmann

    June 19, 2014 at 4:38 AM

    I must be very exciting finishing up work. I remember that feeling from a few years back when I headed off to the UK. I’d love to just pack up and do it again someday. GOod luck with the market!

  31. Marielle

    June 19, 2014 at 12:16 PM

    Love that quote, too! And narrowing down the itinerary is always the worst! Can’t wait to see where you’re headed.

  32. Daidri | Thee Getaway Gal

    June 19, 2014 at 1:35 PM

    Wow, you are experiencing so many changes this year and they all sound fantastic! It seems you’ve done an incredible job planning, impressive. I have also had a few things going on and have been a bit absent and am also in the process of having my blog re-designed. It’s very exciting. I can’t wait to see your new look and loved hearing that you are going to sell some of your photography at the Flea Market. Good Things! 🙂

  33. Alexandra C.

    June 19, 2014 at 2:25 PM

    This is really exciting! It seems like you are making excellent progress toward your goal. I really admire your determination! I am working on mine, it’s so easy to favor instant gratification. All the same, fantastic work.. I’m very excited for you! -Alexandra

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  34. Els

    June 20, 2014 at 2:57 AM

    You must be sooo excited with all these preps! I gave up my job for the same reason as you: it started making me feel miserable and numb! I will try freelance work now, so I get more time to do the things I really want! Will maybe be poorer financially but richer in experience!

  35. frankaboutcroatia

    June 21, 2014 at 12:14 AM

    The trip is coming closer, Ashley. And it must be really exciting. Great that you had the guts to quit your job, and concentrate fully on your online projects. Really looking forward to see the new look of your website.

  36. Travelling Penster

    June 21, 2014 at 8:01 AM

    Wow! Such an exciting (and nerve wracking time) for you. Sounds like you definitely did the right thing quitting your job. Keep pushing forward towards your goal 🙂 Really looking forward to seeing your itinerary!!

  37. Sammi Wanderlustin'

    June 21, 2014 at 10:21 AM

    I hope your medical issues are all sorted now? I feel we haven’t had a chance to chat for a while now! I know what your announcements gonna be. I can’t wait to hear your itinerary, after all our talk about things back along!

  38. Cteachr

    June 21, 2014 at 12:38 PM

    Great quote! Good luck on your planning. My travels didn’t start in earnest until I was in my 50s, possibly because I hadn’t found the right travel buddy to cheer me on. Or course, I didn’t have social media to make my dreams public. So many of my friends tried to discourage me when I tried a house exchange. It was fine and I never looked back. The best part about travelling is you start to make a network of like-minded people and their adventures and ideas start to feed that part of you that hungers for something your other acquaintances/friends just don’t crave. Happy planning. That if often my favourite part of the journey.

  39. Kristen Bor (Bearfoot Theory)

    June 21, 2014 at 1:57 PM

    Ashley – This is so exciting! and congratulations on your savings! That must feel amazing. I really look forward to following your travels as you embark on this new journey!

  40. Anu @ Country Hopping Couple

    June 24, 2014 at 10:17 AM

    That is one of my favourite quotes. After life is not meant to be lived in one place and same way. Your preparations are really persuading us to go on RTW trip….I am sure leaving your work gives you enough time to explore the places around you before you begin your big trip to Asia. So excited for you.

  41. Jessica (Barcelona Blonde)

    June 29, 2014 at 9:48 AM

    Wow, good luck with the big change! It must be such a relief to be done with the “real job”. Can’t wait to see the re-design of your site.

    I sometimes work from home, and you just have to stay disciplined. It’s so nice to have that flexibility though!

  42. Bob R

    July 2, 2014 at 4:23 AM

    Don’t let the nerves and stress get to you – they can do awful things to your body. Be sure to stay healthy these last few months. That’s really priority No. 1.

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