Did you sell everything to fund your trip?
How about you?
But now, six months after returning home from my extended OE, I'm setting off again and this time everything must go.
I have a nicer car now, which will hopefully fund my flights and first month's survival, I'm selling my camera and downgrading to a point and shoot, my spare pack and extra suitcases are going, all my furniture except a couple of really special pieces my brother is taking, I'm even putting clothes up on ebay to try to raise extra funds.
The only thing I absolutely cannot part with is 4 boxes of books from my childhood which are stored in my dad's attic. Those have to stay no matter what.
It's sad saying goodbye to stuff I've had for years or have fond memories of but at the same time it's kinda liberating.
Anyway, I too have only two suitcases full of work clothes so I could go on interviews when I got back to the US. Part of me is wishing I had put all the stuff in storage so I wouldn't have to worry about moving back into a place. I kinda hoped that my trip would put me in some direction where I wouldn't need that stuff. But, that didn't happen.
For my next trip I'm going to keep the basic necessities I need to get set up quickly when, and if, I return home.
We just concentrated on paying down the bills and saving, saving, saving... we're old though
(40 & 47) and one of us has a job to come home to.
I have made a small furture selling junk at local markets. that reminds me think I need to hold another stall C/C out off control.
It is strangely liberating though every time I get rid of something.
I totally agree with this. I find that the less stuff I have, the clearer my mind is, and I realize that I only kept the stuff I like. Thus, all of the stuff I have... I love!! ALL my stuff is cool. How cool is that?
My inlaws are allowing us to store stuff for free in their garage, so we are really lucky.
Aside from our car, unfortunately I don't expect to get very much $ for most of our stuff.
I agree that this is a great opportunity to cull extraneous and unnecessary material possessions.
Setting off on long term travel is my new path and it seemed silly to hang onto so much stuff, its a great feeling to move forward knowing there is nothing left at home.
I recently bought a 4wd here and love it, alittle Honda CRV. But I never realized how expensive gas was!! Selling everything was a bit scary at first, but now I am so glad I did it. I won't be coming back to the US because I married a wonderful Togolese man and we are moving to Togo in a few months. I look forward to getting new things!
It's liberating, that pang you get when something goes goodbye and then the realization that it's just a thing that has been holding you back...
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