Prepping for Long Term Travel : Month Seven

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Prepping for Long Term Travel – The Halfway Point

Month Six was so big with selling my vehicle that this month seems pretty bare in comparison.  The exciting thing about this month is that it’s the halfway point though.  Seven months down.  Seven more months to go – roughly.

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1.  Savings.  

My savings was at $8500 at the end of Month Six.  In the past month, I’ve increased that by another $1,000 to a total of $9500.  Almost every bit of that was my normal savings that I take out of my paychecks.  I sold a few little odds and ends things and a couple small freelance jobs.

2.  Guest Posts and Interviews.

I was fortunate enough to share my personal experience kayaking in Dubrovnik over on Frank About Croatia.  Towards the end of this month, my interview with My Tan Feet also went live.  I really enjoy doing these interviews and guest posts and am lucky that I’ve gotten to do a least one a month – hope the trend continues!

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3.  Sold several more things.

I was able to sell several more of my few bigger items left – TV stand, my expensive watch, a bunch of wall art and so on.  Most of the things I have left to get rid of is a bunch of smaller kitchen/home items, clothing, and a whole bunch of movies.

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4.  Quit my 2nd job.

It didn’t take me long at all to figure out that was just going to be way too much.  I had some freelance and volunteer writing opportunities come up that seem way more important for my future and didn’t want to put them on the back burner.  So, back to one job.

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All in all, not exactly the most eventful month of prepping for long term travel – but another month down and the halfway point is reason enough to be excited, right?  Right!

What’s up for Month Eight?

I’ve got a few things that I really want to get done this upcoming month including – getting my new passport, working on my MatadorU courses (didn’t I say that about six months ago by the way?), selling/donating the rest of my clothing, putting all of my movies onto a hard drive so I can get rid of them, and starting my packing list.

What do you think about my progress so far?  Anything I should be focusing on?


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


  1. Lisa from Lulu's Big Adventure

    March 31, 2014 at 8:15 AM

    Sounds like everything’s coming together, slowly but surely! Also, I don’t know if you agree, but isn’t downsizing the best? I spent the weekend getting rid of a bunch of stuff in my house that I really didn’t need, and it felt so good.

    • Ashley Hubbard

      March 31, 2014 at 9:37 AM

      I’m loving downsizing – it’s such an amazing, liberating feeling!

    • Rachel

      March 31, 2014 at 10:51 AM

      Agreed! I spent the last year whittling down my possessions to keep what I only absolutely needed. That meant sorting through my two hundred-odd books (I love books), which was painful at first but the more I sold, the lighter I felt. Also the £500-ish extra in my bank account was great!

      • Ashley Hubbard

        April 1, 2014 at 9:20 AM

        My books were the hardest things for me as well!

  2. jennifer

    March 31, 2014 at 7:50 AM

    I love posts like this. Just the excitement of watching you get closer to your goal. It has got to feel amazing.

    • Ashley Hubbard

      March 31, 2014 at 9:38 AM

      Thanks Jennifer! It really is crazy to say I’m past that halfway point now 🙂

  3. Rachel

    March 31, 2014 at 10:53 AM

    Ahhh, things are coming on so well for you! Good for you for quitting your second job, there is no point in doing things if they make you stressed or unhappy, especially if they stop you doing the things you enjoy. Good luck for the next month!

    • Ashley Hubbard

      April 1, 2014 at 9:19 AM

      Thanks Rachel! You’re right…it may have been more money but enough to make it worth it.

  4. Leslie

    March 31, 2014 at 5:19 PM

    I’m very intrigued by your website, and I’m looking forward to reading more posts during the A to Z Challenge. What an exciting adventure you are embarking on!

  5. Sam

    March 31, 2014 at 9:39 PM

    I envy you Ashley, its great that you are so committed to travelling the world and each month you get closer and closer to your goal! I would love to quit my job, sell everything i own and travel but i have far too much that im responsible for atm (maybe one day!). I enjoy living this experience through you though!

    • Ashley Hubbard

      April 1, 2014 at 9:19 AM

      Thanks so much Sam! Maybe one day y’all can…until then I’d say you’re doing a pretty damn good job at traveling while working full time 🙂

  6. ben

    March 31, 2014 at 11:55 PM

    You can give your other jobs to me. LOL heheh. Seriously, you must focus on one job.

  7. Mandie

    April 1, 2014 at 3:13 PM

    Love to read about someone else in the preparation process for long-term travel. 🙂 Today was the first day of my last month in my apartment before I move back in with mom & dad for a month before I leave. It’s SO CLOSE and of course I’m panicking, thinking “omg, am I insane?” (In fact, I’m writing about it right now! Haha) “The temptation to quit will be greatest just before you are about to succeed.” Thanks for that – really needed it today!! And good luck to you! 🙂

    • Ashley Hubbard

      April 2, 2014 at 11:20 AM

      Oh wow I remember that feeling! I hope things go well for you and look forward to following you when you leave 🙂

  8. Suzanne Fluhr

    April 2, 2014 at 7:05 PM

    The de-acquisition process even feels good at the other end of life. We downsized after becoming empty nesters, just traveled for a month in SE Asia and are living in Hawaii for 3 months while my husband does a sabbatical here. We are not missing our stuff and we now pretty much only collect refrigerator magnets on our travels because WE DO NOT NEED MORE STUFF. Good luck with the rest of your preparation and travels.

    • Ashley Hubbard

      April 3, 2014 at 7:57 AM

      Thanks so much for sharing Suzanne! Have fun in Hawaii – I’m slightly jealous 🙂

  9. Michele

    April 6, 2014 at 5:56 AM

    You seem to be all on target to achieve your goal. It will be worth it once you ge ton your first flight 🙂

  10. Lauren

    April 6, 2014 at 5:33 PM

    I’m really enjoying following along with your planning! It seems like it is going really well for you, keep up the good work!

  11. Rebekah

    April 13, 2014 at 4:39 AM

    I love this blog. I just found it. I’m prepping for some long term travel by teaching in China for a year… I’m sort of traveling and I have big plans on blowing all the money I make on tramping through Asia too, with maybe some NZ and Bali thrown in. My plans are def not really made yet though. This is some inspiration for me to make an effort to do that. It takes so much to get ready to go. Good luck to you.

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