Prepping for Long Term Travel: Month Two

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Month Two has gone by so fast–I can’t believe it’s already been two months since starting this blog–, but it’s gone by so slow–I can’t believe it’s only been two months since starting this blog.  I’ve gotten so much accomplished, but sometimes feel like I’m so overwhelmed.  I just desperately want the day that all this hard work is for to finally be here!  At the same time, I know the longer I prep, the more money I will have saved up and the more I’ll be in my groove.  Here’s a breakdown of what all I’ve been working on during month two:

 

1.  Started selling everything.  I started this process off with taking photos of everything first, then was going to post them up to sell all at once.  But, decided to start slowly selling things first because I needed a little motivation.  I needed to see stuff start leaving and the money start rolling in; otherwise, it was just too overwhelming.  I sold about 1/4 of my books online to buyback companies.  The rest will go to a local used bookstore, then finally in a garage sale.  My first weekend starting to sell stuff, I made about $400.  Not too shabby of a start if you ask me.

Normal is Boring.

Normal is Boring.

2.  Got a credit card with better travel rewards.  I’ve finally gotten my credit score up enough that I can actually start getting the cards I choose, rather than the ones with shitty interest rates and no rewards.  I was able to get a couple credit cards with great signup bonuses and no international transaction fees.

3.  Paid off some other bills with said credit cards.  Instead of having a monthly payment for my furniture, I decided to pay it off completely with the credit card.  I needed to make a certain intial purchase within so many days to get the signup bonus anyway.  Also, this way I had one less thing to keep up with and am able to pay it off with 0% interest.  If I had continued to pay the monthly payment for the next year and a half, I would have paid an extra $900 in interest.  Ouchies!

Never Give Up.

Never Give Up.

4.  Wrote my first guest post.  This was a big leap forward for the growth of my blog.  I had the extremely fortunate chance to write my story for The Planet D, one of the best travel blogs there out there.  You can read it here.  I also have two scheduled interview posts coming up.  All very exciting for me!

5.  Started using an editorial calender.  The first month I didn’t use a schedule AT ALL.  I winged what I was going to write about and when.  Probably not the best idea, but it worked for a little while.  Now I know I wouldn’t get anything accomplished without a schedule.

Create A Life.

Create A Life.

6.  Started telling more people about my plans.  This may seem trivial, but it may just be the best thing I’ve done lately.  I’m having to keep my plans a secret from some.  I don’t want to tell my job until a couple months out.  However, I’ve started telling others.  Family, friends, strangers.  To hear all the positive feedback is what keeps me going when I’ve already worked 10 hours at my real job and come home to about another 5-6 hours of blogging, photo editing, social mediaing, posting crap to sell, meeting people to sell things, researching, brainstorming and whatever else.  So, when I tell people and they support me, compliment me and say that I inspire them, it makes those long days so worth it.

Becoming Comfortable.

Becoming Comfortable.

 What’s up for Month Three?

Everything I own must be gone by November 30th.

I move out of my apartment at the end of month three.

More guest posts hopefully!

Focusing on my MatadorU assignments. (I know, I know.  I said that last month.  But, I swear I mean it this time…)

What do you think?  Anything I should be focusing on or things I could be improving on?

 

 

Traveler. Freelance Writer. Blogger. Vegan. Risk Taker. Voice for the Voiceless.

12 Comments

  1. Deb

    October 29, 2013 at 7:18 AM

    Congratulations on everything that you have going on in your life! It sounds like things are turning out beautifully and it goes to show, that if you follow your heart and your path, life has a way of opening doors and letting it happen. Thank you for the kind words. Your story on our site has really resonated with people and you have inspired many. Scheduling is an excellent idea. It lets you enjoy your travels in the moment so that you don’t have to run back to your hotel and write all night. We learned to schedule the hard way. We tried to write in the moment our first few months of travel and it was really hard on us. Once we sat down, got some posts in the can and scheduled them, we could finally enjoy ourselves and work at the same time.

  2. Ashley Hubbard

    November 1, 2013 at 8:36 AM

    Thank you so much Deb! I feel like these first couple months are the most stressful…selling everything and moving out. I think just getting rid of a decade’s worth of crap will help me feel better haha. I’m glad I’m figuring out the schedule thing now and not once I’m already on the road. I’m really hoping getting a jump on things while I’m still somewhat grounded will help in the long run 🙂 I know I’ve said it a million times, but thanks again for sharing my story and for your sweet comments!

  3. J from Travel on Inspiration

    November 6, 2013 at 6:15 AM

    $400 in the first weekend is pretty good and that’s just from selling stuff you probably haven’t even picked up in months.

    If you are looking for other sites to guest post on I would be very happy to have you write a post for my site. Just send me an email if you are interested.

    • Ashley Hubbard

      November 6, 2013 at 10:27 AM

      It was from stuff I didn’t even probably know I have. I’ve sold a lot more since that post which is very motivating. I just sent you an email via your blog about guest posting, which I would love to do 🙂

  4. Mrs. Chasing the Donkey

    November 23, 2013 at 3:40 AM

    Ahhhh I remember this feeling, enjoy it as it really is a part of the experience.

    • Ashley Hubbard

      November 23, 2013 at 7:43 AM

      I’m one of the most impatient people, but I also believe anticipation adds a lot. I know the next 11 months or so seem so far, but it will be here before I know it! 🙂

  5. samantha

    November 25, 2013 at 11:02 AM

    Congrats! It’s always a long process when preparing for long term travel and it always seems like there’s something to be done all the time. Good for you for using a calendar – I would just make mental lists in my head but that never works out haha. Looking forward to seeing the progress of your blog!

    • Ashley Hubbard

      November 25, 2013 at 5:47 PM

      Thank you so much Samantha! I’m so glad I started my blog early-It’s going to be so much easier to transition into long term travel without worrying about transitioning into that too. It’s almost time for my Month 3 wrap-up which should be the best yet in terms of things I’ve accomplished! 🙂

  6. Rachel Bates

    November 28, 2013 at 1:48 PM

    Things are coming on well for you! I sold my books to when I moved into my first place, made £300.00. Decluttering feels amazing, probably more so for you as you have a decades worth of stuff!

    If you ever join in with any conservation work or volunteering on your travels in the future (or even anything you have done to date), I would love for you to write a guest post for my blog. If you are interested, let me know.

    • Ashley Hubbard

      November 28, 2013 at 8:29 PM

      Decluttering definitely does feel amazing. Makes you feel more free emotionally…not an easy thing to explain except to others who have done it too haha.

      I would love to guest blog for you in the future. I already plan on doing as much volunteering as I can come across. Already looking into a few things for Asia next year and hoping some opportunities will just pop up while I’m there! 🙂

      • Rachel

        December 2, 2013 at 11:59 AM

        Cool, I look forward to hearing from you 🙂

        If you ever get the chance, there are quite a few sea-turtle and marine conservation programmes around Phang-nga in Thailand.

        • Ashley Hubbard

          December 2, 2013 at 1:09 PM

          Awesomem, thank you! I will definitely keep that in mind and do some research before going 🙂

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