So it is almost 8 weeks until I leave!
I have got my bag, shoes and camera (the most important things), and only really plan to get a few more things. What I figured out is that I can buy the same stuff overseas as I can at home, and it is basically guaranteed to be cheaper, plus it is a bit pointless to be carrying super cold weather gear when I went be in it until the second month!
But for now my concentration is on money and budgeting…
I had always had this mentality that money was not my controlling factor, not that I throw it around, but that I tried not to let it fully dictate what I would do. However as I come closer to my departure date, and start to realise that my original plans are now not going to be happen, I am (and have to) becoming a lot more money conscious and compromising. The original dream of 12 months of travelling is slowing becoming a reality of around 8-9 months with the high chance of having to work for a part of it.
I guess my initial ideas were highly ambitious and optimistic. that my first budget was unrealistic (with basically 99% of my income going into saving), and that I didn’t consider the fact of living expenses and interruptions like public holidays and family stuff. Naivety and ignorance! But I don’t think it is that bad, I mean we all have to learn, and I am fine leaving with the consequences as long as I don’t make the same mistakes.
So I can only continue to work, narrow down my essentials and keeping hoping that my bank balance might magically increase (or I win the lotto).