Rachel and I have been reading a few blogs and articles written by couples would have taken round-the-world trips like that one we are about to embark on. One particular post was about how the couple started to disconnect themselves from everyday life at home and prepare mentally for their trip. So I started to wonder: How DO you prepare yourself mentally for an around-the-world trip? I haven’t figured it out. But I have started to view all aspects of daily life differently. I feel much more appreciative of being able to dress in nice clothes and go out for a great dinner and conversation over a bottle of wine with Rachel, family, and friends. A cup of coffee from
Dunkin Donuts has more flavor. Even the simple act of taking a warm shower at home with all our personal toiletries is savored. The reason being is that it is starting to become clear to me that all the experiences and routines of a normal daily life will NO LONGER BE normal and daily for us. There will probably be times when we fall asleep on a cold concrete floor in some remote train station. Being drenched in sweat will most likely occur more times than many. A cleansing shower may not always be available. And confusion while being lost in a random city or even country are not out of the question. All these thoughts have stuck in my mind. Maybe having them is my way of disconnecting and preparing myself mentally for our Great Adventure (this is the name I give our trip). It’s like the old saying goes: prepare for the worst and you will only see good.
A few things have bummed me out a little. It has become a reality that I will no longer be able to progress at everything the way I would like to. For starters, I would really like to continue my education by either being admitted into a master’s program or get another bachelors degree. Even though it is possible to do this at an online school while traveling, it would be very difficult with managing time and costly which would eat into our travel budget. So I will just have to wait until we return. Also, getting better at sports such as golf will be out of the question. While flying one of our clients to Hawaii, I was reading the tips section of Golf Digest when the realization hit me that soon I will no longer be playing golf. I thought to myself, Why should I continue to read and study how to get better when I’m not going to be playing? Because progression is in my blood, I ended up reading all three issues of Golf Digest on the plane, and will continue to play every chance I get until we leave. (Just on a side note, I’m not a very good golfer being that I only took it up a year ago. Since I can’t surf everyday living in Florida, I figured it would be a good sport to take up when there is no surf.)
Now here is what Rachel and I have been up to the last week or so…
Today, Tuesday July 26th is Rachel’s last day of work at Broward Children Center after being there for approximately 4 years. It is also my last trip at my job with Execuflight Inc/ BAGHS LLC (an aviation management and charter company based in Fort Lauderdale, Fl) which I have been employed at for 4 years also. Probably because we have been talking,planning, and putting so much mental work into our Great Adventure for about a year now, I don’t have too much emotion about leaving my job. Both our bosses have offered our positions back to us when we return. I personally do not know if I will return to my company. I feel that I will want to start my own business that I have been drawing up and putting together in my own time the last few months. It is exciting to have endless possibilities. Returning home from our trip will give me an even greater drive to succeed.
The biggest and last obstacle for us was selling Rachel’s car which was officially sold Sunday. This comes as a huge relief. At first we discussed whether or not we should continue to pay her lease or sell it. Once we found out she had to still pay insurance even though the car would not be driven, selling it was the best option. It wasn’t practical to have that expense for a whole year. So after three weeks of being posted on Auto-trader, a nice lady from Boca Raton purchased her car. We are now a one car household.
Yesterday, I purchased our storage unit, and moved in about a half of our stuff. It is amazing we will pack all our possessions into a 8 x 10 unit. A good friend of mine, Daren, was kind enough to drive over and help out. Moving in 95 degree Florida summertime weather is not awesome, so his help was much appreciated. Thursday will be our finally moving day where we will put all the bedroom, kitchen, and final boxes in storage. Then we will be good to go!!!!!