As travelers we know that there are going to be many uncomfortable nights tossing and turning. After all, we’re lying on an unfamiliar bed with our head on a paper thin pillow. About three months ago, I began preaching to Audrey that we needed to start making our lives much more uncomfortable. Forcing ourselves to live uncomfortably would help the transition to life on the road. After the last few weeks, it’s fair to say that my mission is accomplished! Continue reading It’s time to get uncomfortable
For most people, a trip around the world would emphasize the importance of the shortness of life, how big risk can equal big reward, and how precious moments are. But today, I am speaking of Precious Moments in the literal sense. And you know what? They aren’t all that they’re cracked up to be! I feel for all those kids who were “promised” the gift of great wealth, but who ended up with a ceramic doll made in Taiwan. Continue reading RTW trip leads to Precious Moments
Folks! We are 57 days out!
In the last few weeks, as I have been spending some special time with my closer friends, some have asked me, “So what are you most afraid of?” Many would think the answer would be one of the following: not having a steady income, selling almost everything we own, or not having a car/home/job to come home to. But do you know what my biggest fear is? Crossing that damn Drake Passage!
The last thing we need as we head to our unconventional life of freedom, is to be brought back to a structured reality of being bogged down by bottle feeds, nap schedules, and diaper bags. Sorry…there is just no room for babies in my backpack!
As we have slowly come out of the career break closet it’s been highly amusing for us to hear questions from family and friends about:
- What we’re planning on doing with our things
- How we’re going to cope with the change of a RTW trip
- What we’re going to miss about our former lives
Essentially, through their questions, we’re hearing the reasons why the idea of long-term travel seems so out of reach. Continue reading I’d love to travel the world but what about…
As I walked up to the building, I was thinking how to the drop the “I’m-not-renewing-my-contract-next-year” bomb. I wasn’t nervous to resign, but I wanted to make sure I worded everything perfectly. It was important to me to end ten years of service on a positive note. Before we even sat down at the table, I quickly spit out my news. That has always been my way. For example, in school, I would always volunteer to go first before my nerves set in. Continue reading Resignation Day!
Recently, I lost a cousin of mine. He was a father of four, happily married and still young at age 45. He suddenly passed away at home while watching a Blackhawks game with his family. After tragic events such as these, thoughts of death and “the end” are fresh on the mind. In the sermons and speeches that followed, we heard reflections of a man’s life with underlying messages of “live life to the fullest” and “you never know when it will be your time.”
People walk away with the promise of doing the things that have always dreamed of, or changing life for the better. The death of a love one shocks you into the realization that life is short. As time passes and hearts heal, life moves back to the daily grind that it had before. Dreams once again move to the back of mind. Continue reading Don’t Wait to Live Your Cancer Days
At least not in Audrey’s Jeep.
It comes with bittersweetness that I announce that Audrey has listed her Jeep for sale. If interested you can view it on AutoTrader. We’re willing to autograph the seats (for a small one time fee + royalty). If you’re not looking to buy a car at this time we’re also willing to drive you around your neighborhood for $5 per day. We’ll pretend we’re your chauffeur and you can go around throwing change at the kids hangin’ out on your turf. Continue reading You may get lost but you’ll never get stuck
Anyone leaving on an RTW trip will eventually need to decide on the preferred method as to how they’re going to resign from their current position. They could quit with notice, quit without notice (probably not recommended), get fired (also probably not the best choice), or get laid off. Continue reading Why quit your job, when you can get laid off instead?
I just finished reading Happy Money: The Science of Smarter Spending. I think the book makes a couple good points.
- Use your money to buy experiences rather than things
HUGE step for the B$ travelers. We just listed our condo on the market. When researching to find a realtor who’d offer us the lowest commission rates, I stumbled across hungryagents.com.Typically agents for buyers and sellers each take a commission of roughly 2.5% to 3%, for a total cost of 5% to 6%, paid out of the seller’s proceeds. But as agents compete with discount brokers and flat-fee services, some are becoming more amenable to reducing their cut to 2% or less. Continue reading We just saved $2,500 by visiting HungryAgents.com
I’ve read a lot of posts from fellow RTWers who have helped provide advice as to how to save money for extended travel. Decluttering? Got it. Cancelling your cable? Easy! Don’t go out for costly dinners? Done! Serving as matron of honor in your sister’s wedding? Yikes. This is where things can get a little sticky. Where’s the advice people? Hasn’t anyone else had to go through this? Continue reading “No one feels sorry for someone about to leave on a two year vacation.”
We’ve officially booked the 1st leg of our RTW tip to…drum roll please…Buenos Aires!
The best part. We’re only paying $7.50 for two 1 way tickets from Chicago. The United MileagePlus Explorer card we opened up just a few weeks ago is already paying huge dividends. We used 30,000 miles (each) to fly from O’hare to Buenos Aires. This means we still have 50,000 bonus miles remaining to use on other flights. Continue reading Dear Banker, Thank you for sponsoring our RTW trip. Cheers! – The B$ Travelers
Although we have this fantastic adventure ahead of us, I have been feeling a little out of sorts lately. These last few weeks have been really difficult for me. I think it’s a mixture of feeling restless and a little stressed. Continue reading We’re Getting A Lil’ StiR CRazY – Date Nights On A Budget
“Hi, it’s Jimmy!! If you can dream it, you can do it!!” ~ Jimmy MacElroy from Blades of Glory
This post is directed towards friends and family members who may not encourage or embrace your decision for a career break. Continue reading Our RTW Dream Walk
“Well, I’m on my way
I don’t know where I’m going” -Paul Simon
Today was a monumental day for the BS Travelers. We finally laid out a rough itinerary for our RTW trip! Last night at a family party, Harry’s sister Jenny (one of our biggest supporters), asked us where our first stop was for our trip. Embarrassingly enough, we looked at each other and couldn’t state the answer. Continue reading Determining the Destinations
Today may be the last day of life as we know it.
When Harry and I played our destination game a few weeks ago, I knew Antarctica was a must-do on our trip. In fact, it was the place where I put my very first sticker indicating that this was the #1 destination of choice for my RTW. It has been a life goal of mine to step foot on all seven continents. Now that we have a rough itinerary in place, it’s time to start making that goal a reality. Continue reading We’re taking the (polar) plunge!
Right now you’re thinking, “Well how the heck is taking a Round The World (RTW) trip going to save me money? You idiot. I’m done with you. I’m going back to cutting coupons.” You’re right, if I was taking a RTW trip without adjusting my lifestyle beforehand it would be a complete financial disaster. Continue reading Takeaways to Breakaway – Take a RTW trip to save money
Of course I’m referring to the junk around my house. The time has come for us to start generating some income by selling all the stuff we have accumulated from the last 9 years of marriage. What’s interesting about doing this is that at one point in our lives we thought we actually NEEDED these things. Continue reading Its time to play….Who wants to buy our junk?