Prepping for Long Term Travel : Month Eight

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Prepping for Long Term Travel – Month Eight

The Hump

I’m officially over the hump and past the halfway point from when I got this grand plan in my head to when I actually leave.  I can’t even begin to explain how amazing that feels.  Sometimes I get discouraged and feel like a senior in highschool who has senioritis and I get super antsy, but then I realize how far I’ve come.  A little perspective does the mind good sometimes.

1.  Savings

I increased my savings from $9500 at the end of last month to a little over $11,000 by the end of this month.  I did that by putting in several hundred dollars from each weekly check and selling my washer & dryer.  I managed to save just over $1500 this month and that’s with paying about out about $400 towards travel expenses I purchased.  So, in reality, I saved almost $2,000 this month.

2.  Guest Posts and Interviews

Again, I’ve been fortunate enough to have at least a couple interviews, guest posts, or mentions every month.  I was interviewed over at Ready Steady Travel and you can read that here.  I also helped out my friend Laurence with her post about Traveling Asia on a Budget – it’s a fantastic post and you should check it out!

3.  Sold my Washer & Dryer.

This was really my last big thing to sell as far as size goes.  I think my Mom is pretty ecstatic that it isn’t taking up room in her garage any longer either.  I didn’t really sell anything else this month, but will most likely be doing more of that this month as I get ready for a few garage sales.

4.  Found My Niche.

Not necessarily long term travel related, but it is something I really needed to figure out before leaving if I really want to be able to pursue the travel blogging long term.  While it’s already the way my travels tend to lean anyway, expect to be seeing a lot more stories about adventure travel, the outdoors and wildlife.  I feel like this is really my strongsuit, what I’m passionate about and what my readers enjoy.

5.  Renewed Passport.

I had to renew my passport.  Well, actually I had to change my name on it has it still had my married name.  Kind of bummed I have to start a whole new one over, but it’s kind of a symbol.  New passport, new life.  Hooray!  Anyway, I sent all that paperwork in and will just be waiting for it anxiously.

6.  Joined a Gym. (And, actually started going)

Again, you’re wondering…what the hell does this have to do with anything?  Trust me, this is necessary for long term travel.  I tore my ACL last year and have lost a lot of muscle in my legs because of it so it is my mission for the next 6 months to get in the best shape of my life so I can enjoy all these activities I have planned in my head.

7.  Started my Packing List.

I’m still working on the final details of it, but I have officially started my packing list.  I love this part.  Once I’m on the road, I tend to not be a planner, but I love the months leading up to a trip – the anticipation of it is exhilarating.

What should I add to my list for next month?  With six months left, now is when I really need to be thinking about the more serious aspects…visas, immunizations, and so on.  Any tips?

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


  1. frankaboutcroatia

    April 30, 2014 at 2:48 AM

    Well done, Ashley! Everyday you are getting closer to making your dreams come true. Congrats on finding your niche.

  2. Corinne

    April 30, 2014 at 8:35 AM

    I love your statement: “New passport, new life!. Love it! And wow! It sounds like you are really getting it all together…fun!

  3. jenny@atasteoftravel

    April 30, 2014 at 9:04 AM

    The next 6 months will fly and you’ll be off before you know it! You sound very organised to me. Adventure, outdoors and wildlife all sound great to will be easier now you know where you’re going!

  4. Raphael Alexander Zoren

    April 30, 2014 at 9:15 AM

    Very interesting about the passport! I didn’t know you are (were?) married, Ashley 😮

  5. Manouk - Bunch of Backpackers

    April 30, 2014 at 9:24 AM

    Going great Ashley :)!!! Congrats on ‘finding’ your niche!

  6. Ann

    April 30, 2014 at 9:34 AM

    Great niche for so many reasons.

    And I’m jealous at the amount of money you’ve been able to save. Keep it up!

  7. Rachel

    April 30, 2014 at 10:54 AM

    Congrats for another great month! The date of your departure will suddenly be upon you and you will be thanking your past self for being so organised 😉 I agree that planning is a huge part of the fun of adventuring, and I’m really looking forward to reading more posts about outdoorsy stuff and wildlife – the offer still stands if you want to write a nature-related guest post for me 😀

  8. Amber

    April 30, 2014 at 10:00 AM

    Awesome job with the savings! I’m totally jealous as I never had the chance to plan or save before going anywhere… everything has always just sort of presented itself as an opportunity at the last minute and I have scraped by just barely so many times… it will be so much better and less stressful for you to relax on that front! You are almost there!

    Also, question, will you get your used passport back? Some people have told me they were able to do so, but I haven’t had to renew yet so I’m not sure how that works.

    • Ashley Hubbard

      April 30, 2014 at 10:28 AM

      You do get the used one back, or at least I did when I changed my name the first time 🙂 So, at least there’s that.

  9. Angela Travels

    April 30, 2014 at 11:07 AM

    I can’t wait to read more posts on your new niche and maybe contribute a post or two myself. Keep up the great work. I am taking notes in hopes of doing the same in the next few years. Only time will tell if I am able to do it 🙂 I think joining the gym is a great idea. It is best to be in shape before you start traveling because you don’t know what your lifestyle will be like.

  10. Calli

    April 30, 2014 at 11:33 AM

    Wow, you are definitely on your way – you’re doing a great job preparing for your trip!

  11. Tam @ Travelling Book Junkie

    April 30, 2014 at 2:04 PM

    Sounds like the planning is going really well and wow what a savings pot. You are far more organised that I think we would be! 🙂

  12. Stephanie Mayo

    April 30, 2014 at 2:15 PM

    Congrats! I’m so astounded by how much you save! It looks like nothing but UP from here girl!

  13. Kate

    April 30, 2014 at 2:29 PM

    Amazing savings! That’s a great chunk of money towards living your dream on the road 🙂 start looking at visas and any health checks you need for certain countries. I needed a chest x-ray for Australia and had to travel to different parts of the UK for a few visas (China etc) Get a list of your immunisations needed from a consultation with a medical practitioner and ask for prices. There is a shortage of Yellow Fever vaccinations here so we have to travel to get them and book in advance. A few things to think of that could happen. Research now and you won’t hit any problems 🙂
    Really looking forward to reading about the next few months and then your travels!

  14. Heather Boothman

    April 30, 2014 at 6:40 PM

    Ashley!! This is so exciting for you!!! Im glad we get to follow you on this journey!

  15. Bronwyn Joy

    April 30, 2014 at 10:04 PM

    Getting steadily closer now!

    Hm, tips? Use a spreadsheet (especially for visa and immunisation timelines). It took me the longest time to figure this one out (you probably have one going already). It always makes it easier to pack life into a parcel.

    And then just keep decluttering I guess. I use a traffic light sticker system – red sticker items go ASAP, but it helps me keep track of “keep til the last minute” yellow items and make plans for green (keeps) stuff.

    • Ashley Hubbard

      May 1, 2014 at 7:39 AM

      Ohhh love that traffic light system – I’m going to use that! Thanks 🙂

  16. Constance - Foreign Sanctuary

    May 1, 2014 at 1:54 AM

    Ashley, that is amazing!! And a new passport represents a new beginning, a clean slate!!

  17. Sammi

    May 1, 2014 at 9:59 AM

    I have a great fat zero motivation for the gym. I have a bike and live in the countryside and should go running. But I don’t. I didn’t realise you’d been married?! How much money are you saving to take with you, sounds like you’ve got LOADS already?!

  18. Lauren

    May 2, 2014 at 4:28 PM

    You’re getting so close – I’m so excited for you! You’re doing such a great job at saving money! Can’t wait to read about the rest of your preparations and then your huge adventure!

  19. Anna SK

    May 17, 2014 at 10:08 AM

    Preparing for a trip is something that is so exciting! I feel like your blog helps me to not forget anything!

  20. The Gallivantista

    June 28, 2014 at 10:28 AM

    Exciting times! I love the idea of a packing list, though when it comes down to it I always end up rushing around in the last 24 hours. In fact the last frantic 24 hours at home has become essential to my enjoyment of a trip in a weird kind of way.

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