Prepping for Long Term Travel: Month Three

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Month Three has been both the most stressful month of prepping for long term travel yet, but also the most rewarding.  I’ve been strung out on caffeine and my whole body hurts from sleeping on my floor for the past two weeks, but I have quite a bit to show for it.

 

1.  I’ve become a selling machine.  Last month, I ended with a total of $400.  This month I’ve sold/saved bringing my total to $3400 in the bank.  That’s right $3400.  I’m pretty pumped about it.  I’ve used about every method of selling including Craigslist, garage sales, local used bookstores, online book buyback companies, and so on.  I managed to sell all my larger furniture despite wanting to physically hurt some of the people who inquired about it.  I still have a fraction of my things left to sell, but will take those with me to my family’s house and continue to sell from there.

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2.  Guest Posts and Interviews.  I got the opportunity to write my second guest post ever and my first on Travel On Inspiration‘s blog.  I wrote on how prepping for long term travel has made me a better person.  I also got the chance to do my first interview.  Check it out on A Couple Travelers.

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3.  Joined a New Travel Bloggers Community group on Facebook.  I’ve only been a part of this for about 1-2 weeks now, but it has made a huge difference in…everything.  I love having other travel bloggers that I can share things with, ask questions, answer questions, and whatever else may come up.  I’ve also seen a drastic increase in followers on social media and page visits on my blog.

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4.  Moved out of my apartment.  I’ve done a lot of moving in my lifetime, but it never gets easier.  It’s been pretty stressful trying to sell everything by a certain time and not get ripped off.  I’m also taking a little bit more with me to my family’s than I would have liked, but that will all be gone hopefully soon as well.  What has been nice about this particular moving experience…no furniture, no huge Uhaul, no carrying 500,000 boxes.  I cut down my possessions by about 3/4.  I’d been dragging that crap all over the damn country and I didn’t even know what I had.

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 5.  Survived.  If anyone ever said that selling everything you own, moving, working 40+ hours a week, and managing a full-time blog {and all that comes with it} was easy, then they need to be punched…in the throat.  I’ve lived on a lot of coffee and just pure motivation to get to the end result.

 

Next up for Month Four:

Hopefully sell the last of everything.

Have my very own design for my blog completed.

Now, that I’ve done the whole selling and moving aspect, I plan to dive a lot deeper into the twitter travel chats, learning about social media, wordpress, and more.  Basically, I need to learn a lot more about the behind the scenes stuff and I feel like I’ll have more time now.

More guest posts and interviews I hope!

My MatadorU assignments (I’m almost ashamed that this keeps popping up in the “next month” section…hopefully, I really will get some accomplished this month).

 

Any feedback on what I’ve done or ideas for things I should be focusing on??

 

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

20 Comments

  1. Tiffany

    December 2, 2013 at 10:43 AM

    Oh man, you’re a much better seller than I am, I tip my hat to you! I only made about 1000, mainly because I just wanted to get out of there as fast as I could, which resulted in me donating everything and only selling the biggest pieces of furniture.

    • Ashley Hubbard

      December 2, 2013 at 11:08 AM

      I understand completely! There were times when I just wanted to throw it all out…I was definitely over it by the time it was time to move. I let things go for less than I probably could have gotten for them, but overall, I’m pretty happy about how much I came out with. I’m just glad it’s done 🙂

  2. Syd

    December 3, 2013 at 12:50 AM

    holy crap you’re a selling machine. I leave in six weeks and I haven’t even begun this process. That said, my only piece of furniture is a table I bought at a yard sale for 30 dollars. But I have enough books to populate an entire used book store so I should get on that. Any online buyers you would recommend?

    • Ashley Hubbard

      December 3, 2013 at 10:26 AM

      haha that’s awesome. I also had a ton of books. Use this website: http://bookscouter.com/. They compare all the online buyback companies to give you the best prices. I sold to probably 7 different websites…whoever offered the best price for each book (which I found on that site). Some people wouldn’t go through that trouble, but I wanted to maximize my earnings as much as possible. Didn’t have any issues with any of the companies sending me money via paypal or shorting me on what they quoted me. 🙂

  3. Mrs. Chasing the Donkey

    December 3, 2013 at 5:52 PM

    WOW, you’ve sold so much! That is damn impressive. Do you have an overall budget you’re aiming for? (sorry If I missed that post)

    • Ashley Hubbard

      December 3, 2013 at 8:29 PM

      Thanks! I’d like no less than 12k, but I’d ideally like more. If I have income coming in by the time I leave from my site, freelance work, and so on, I won’t be so worried. Hopefully that happens! 🙂

  4. Bob R

    December 5, 2013 at 5:42 PM

    Exciting! One suggestion as your departure date draws more near: be sure you’re well rested before hitting the road. 🙂

    • Ashley Hubbard

      December 7, 2013 at 2:51 PM

      I know, right? Knowing me I’ll be going non-stop until I leave, but I’ll try to leave a few days of downtime in there 🙂

  5. A Brit and A Southerner

    December 5, 2013 at 10:51 PM

    We are delighted that you are part of our new Facebook group! Congratulations on selling some of your life belongings, I am sure there are some sentimental things that are difficult to pass up but it is for a greater cause and something you will truly appreciate when you are wandering around Asia next year!

    Good luck with your future endeavors and we look forward to continue connecting with you!

    • Ashley Hubbard

      December 7, 2013 at 2:54 PM

      There were definitely some sentimental things I had to keep, and then there were some things that weren’t so sentimental but I loved like Mac desktop…but what the heck am I gonna do with a desktop? It was both sad and liberating to let some things go.

      I’m so glad I’ve started connecting with fellow travel bloggers that are based in the South and look forward to reading more of y’alls stories as well! 🙂

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  7. Sharon @ Where's Sharon?

    December 15, 2013 at 5:57 PM

    Yay!! Good job on selling things! I love getting rid of things, it’s so freeing. I must have been in your part of the world just last week – we were in Chattanooga 🙂

    • Ashley Hubbard

      December 15, 2013 at 6:34 PM

      It really is a very liberating feeling…even if it seems hard at first, it makes life so much simpler with less stuff. You weren’t far from me at all…I love Chattanooga 🙂

  8. Maria

    December 15, 2013 at 5:59 PM

    Wow! Sounds like you’re ready to flip the light switch off, lock the door and toss that key under the mat. Kudos.

    • Ashley Hubbard

      December 15, 2013 at 6:35 PM

      Thanks Maria! It’s been a struggle…worth every second, but a struggle nonetheless 🙂

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  10. Lisa

    January 24, 2014 at 8:27 AM

    I love this break down. I am much further away from selling everything but this helps remind me it’s all possible. Good luck!

    • Ashley Hubbard

      January 24, 2014 at 8:54 AM

      Thanks so much Lisa! I will tell you-I felt like I was never going to get through it. Trying to sell everything you own, especially quickly, is stressful. Just don’t give up because it was so worth it and I made far more than I thought I would and because I refused to screwed over.

  11. Michael Huxley

    January 26, 2014 at 8:52 PM

    Wow! You’ve really jumped into this prep thing wholeheartedly haven’t you? You’ve done WAY more than I ever did for my first trip! Don’t worry though all this hardship now will be totally worth it when you are sipping a mango juice in a hammock on Koh Tao or seeing Orangs in their natural habitat in Borneo!

    Good luck!

    (Oh, and it’s been really great eMeeting you on the blogger groups and social media too!)

    • Ashley Hubbard

      January 26, 2014 at 9:58 PM

      You are so very right…it will be well worth it! I don’t want any excuses to quit. If I have things to come back to, then it makes it easier. Once I’m traveling, that’s that!

      And, it’s been really great getting to know you too! 🙂

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