5 months!! Did you hear me? I said 5, count them…five months until we take our first Giant Step! One, two, three, four, five…does that sound like very many to you? It doesn’t to me!
Of course, we’ve been counting down since we first made this decision in April 2008, and you’ve been counting down with us since August when we tipped our hand, but now it’s so tangible, so close, so…real!! It seems like we have a thousand things to do, that time will just fly by, that June will be here before we know it.
To mark the 5 month mark, I’ve come up with five lists of 5…
Here are the top 5 things on my to-do list right now:
- Complete the sale of our home and move to cheaper digs.
- Finish researching visas and entrance documentation we will need for the countries we plan on visiting.
- Get our banking plan nailed down.
- Plan for vaccinations that we will need to get.
- Research and book an Inca Trail trek for our time in Peru (this must be booked 4 months ahead).
- Machu Picchu in Peru. I am looking forward to both the trek and the end destination.
- India. The whole darn place. I’ve been amazed by this country for many years and can’t wait to find out how I’ll react to it.
- Hearing the call to prayer in Turkey. Exotic locale, exotic food and exotic sounds.
- The beaches in Thailand. Total relaxation – a vacation from our vacation.
- The dichotomy of Japan. From modern Tokyo with all its electronic gadgets to the rice paddys in the countryside.
- Flying. I am a terrible flier, and it’s getting worse as I get older.
- Buses. I’m not much better on buses.
- Not being able to communicate. None of the countries we are visiting speak English. Although we are trying to learn spanish, and many people around the world speak English, I am worried about having to constantly trying hard to be understood. Makes me even more impressed by those who immigrate to our country and manage.
- Security. The thought of carrying all of our possessions on our backs makes security a prime issue. We’ve purchased a packsafe daypack to help with this, otherwise we will just maintain awareness without being paranoid.
- That I won’t like it. What if I don’t like the life of a vagabond?
- Family and friends. Of course.
- My bed. Sleeping in a new bed every few nights is going to be a challenge.
- Mountain biking. I’ll have to try to get some rides in on the road.
- Quiet. We’ll be visiting some very populated countries whose sense of personal space and quiet is very different from what we’re used to.
- Microbrew beer. I’m sure we’ll taste many a fine beer during our travels, but the microbrew beer here is pretty fabulous!
- WanderingWhy. Dawn and Sean have been traveling for over a year now and it doesn’t look like they are slowing down!
- NomadBackpackers. Natalie and Justin left on their trip this past fall and are currently enjoying some time in New Zealand.
- AlmostFearless. Christine quit her job to tackle a new writing career and long term travel. She is one of my original inspirations.
- Nathan Shipley. Currently in Hungary he, too, started in South America which is where I first found him. His stories are hilarious, if not downright outrageous at times!
- Michelle On Maui. Our very good friends Michelle and Neil moved to Maui in October for an extended stay to learn Spanish, master surfing and find themselves