It’s been one year since I told you that I quit my dream job. Now I am about to start another journey, one that may take me around the world.
To be honest, I should’ve done this earlier. When I left my job, I told everyone it was so I could start my writing business (which was true), but I got so caught up in meeting people’s career expectations for me that I gave up a huge passion of mine: travel. Not just leisure travel, but real travel. Travel that puts you in uncomfortable places, makes you cross paths with incredible people, forces you to see the world through new eyes. I want to get out of my comfort zone; I want to learn from people around the world; I want to know their struggles, their joys, their worries, their hopes. I want to write about them.
So, starting April 13, I’m going to live and work in South America for a bit.
Oh my gosh, are you crazy??
A little bit.
Why South America?
It was calling to me. I want to learn Spanish. And I’ve never been before.
How long will you be there?
It could be as short as three weeks, or as long as three months. Not sure yet.
Where will you go?
First Cuzco, Peru, where I’ll partake in Semana Santa (Holy Week) celebrations and visit Machu Picchu…
then Buenos Aires, Argentina…
From there, who knows? :) I want to hop around to different South American countries. Any suggestions?
Isn’t that expensive?
Not as expensive as my previous lifestyle. This is just one of many things I want to prove to you through this trip: Travel is not expensive. Settling down with a mortgage or rent, buying a car, having a fancy smartphone with an extensive data plan, and living in one place is expensive. I will share with you detailed records of my expenses while I travel, so you can know just how much it all costs.
And for the record, the flights to Peru and back cost $200 less than my rent in California. The one-bedroom apartment I’ll be living in in Argentina costs $400 less per month than my 400-square-foot studio in California.
Long-term, no-frills travel is often much cheaper than living in the U.S. Having said that, for this trip, I could have chosen much less expensive destinations and accommodations had I wanted to.
Aren’t you afraid?
All the time. I’ve just learned not to let fear dictate my actions.
Learning to Adjust…and Trust
“Life is what happens to you when you’re busy making other plans.” -John Lennon
Ain’t that the truth? The original plan was to travel the world for a year or more, non-stop, hitting all seven continents. But something happened recently that may convince me to change those plans–in a good way. :) So we’ll see!
The past few months have shown me that for all our planning, the future is never certain, and what at first may seem crazy or terrifying can turn out to be a miracle. I ask for your prayers and support as I start this new journey. Stay tuned to the blog–I promise to post more often! Lots of good stuff to come!
See you on the road,
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