Plans change for the better, preparing to travel abroad

The journey is greater than the destinationI’m obsessed with travelling. I can’t stop thinking about going overseas and living in another country like Japan or Korea. But, in order for that to happen, I need to prepare.

I have a lot to accomplish before leaving. I also need to shift goals around because things have changed. I will no longer buy a computer. Instead, I will save to buy a laptop, which I probably won’t do until I start working abroad. I still plan on running a half-marathon in June. I still plan on working out every chance I get.

I will still put money away towards my savings and investments. When it’s all said and done, having access to large amounts of money will allow me to travel for long periods of time. However, for now teaching abroad will allow me to live in another country and experience another culture while practicing a noble profession.

As I mentioned last post, I applied for the CELTA program in August, which means I’ll need to save at least $4,150 to pay for basic expenses, which includes tuition, housing, food, and transportation. The CELTA program is in San Diego, and while I can wake up early and drive out there every day for school, I’d rather just live out there and let go of everything I have here. By August, I should be ready to leave everything behind and start a new life.

I also plan to save at least $2,000 for other expenses I may need when heading into my apartment abroad. This doesn’t include the money I’ll have tucked away in my savings account.

Over these upcoming months, I need to be frugal, which means only black coffee less than twice a week. No more buying Magic the Gathering cards. No more spending money on things that aren’t worth their value to me. Every dollar counts.

I will also be liquidating all my stuff. I’ll sell what I can, and then donate all the rest. I’ve already gotten rid of 50 percent of my clothing. I’d like to scale down another 50 percent, so I only have enough shirts for a week, a couple pairs of jeans, a pair of slacks, a couple hats, a few pairs of sneakers, a few sweaters, and a couple button-ups. I want to live a simpler life, and getting rid of all this stuff will definitely help.

There are a few things I need to focus on in these upcoming months, mostly saving money. Preparing to leave everything I’ve known behind and visiting another country is a big step, but it’s a necessary step if I want to be happy.

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