In my May update I said that I was feeling much more in control of things and that is still true – yay! We all know that it’s really hard work to get a handle on things but crazy easy to let it slip again. So let’s just take a minute to say “well done” to ourselves for being here right now.
I’ve got two main updates for you so I’ve split this post into two parts just in case you’re only interested in one of them! This month, I have updates on finances and…drum roll please…actual travel plans! Yeah buddy, I’ve actually started making travel plans!
Why do I have to be a grown up????? It sucks doesn’t it. Seriously, bills, housework blah blah blah blah blah. I just want to be a kid again running around in the sun with no pressure to have a life plan. But the fact is, I’m closing in on 30 and I need to sort my shit out.
Back to the plan…I’m plodding along with paying off my debt but it’s slooooooooow progress. I’m in that crappy place where as fast as I’m paying money off, I’m getting charged stupid amounts of interest. It’s made me feel a little bit defeated but I’m trying to focus on one card/loan at a time and pay as much off that as possible rather than paying a little extra off all of them. Fingers crossed that by Christmas I’ll be able to see a real improvement on my situation. I know that it will be a bit of a snowball effect because once I’ve paid more off, the interest will be lower and therefore easier to pay off…well that’s the theory anyway! Again, why do I have to be a grown up??
I’ve been trying to follow my own advice from my Top Tips for Saving Money post – I’ve been making my own lunch and planning evening meals ahead. I’m not going to lie, it’s boring but it’s saving me so much money! I’ve also limited takeaways or eating out to no more than twice a month which I think I could probably cut back to once a month but I don’t want to restrict myself too much.
Remember I mentioned my new blog in the last update too? Maybe you do, maybe you don’t. Don’t worry though, I’ll tell you all about it now! Well, not all about it as a lot is still under wraps but I’m feeling pretty confident about it at the moment. I’m starting to pick up the pace on freelance writing and I’ve been working on a blog to help people who want to do the same. I’ve been crazy busy trying to get the new blog up and running and I’m really hoping that next weekend will be the big launch!
Now on to the really exciting stuff…
I’ve realised that, in order to make sure I’ve saved enough money to set out on my adventure, I really need to start thinking about where I want to go and what I want to do. I don’t want to plan every single day down to the exact minute but I think I need to have a rough idea.
I want to start my trip off a little bit like a holiday to give me time to wind down from my 9-5 life and get back into the swing of travelling. So this is my itinerary so far:
Days 1 – 4: Iceland
Days 5 – 9: New York (hopefully over New Year)
Days 10 – 12: Chicago
Days 12 – 43: Route 66
Day 43 Onward: The plan is to fly to Rio after I’ve finished Route 66 and chilled in LA for a while – I should be there in time for Carnival which coincidentally is happening at the same time I turn 30!
I’m planning on doing some posts with a more detailed itinerary and I’d love input from you guys. So watch out for those posts and if you have any recommendations of things to do, places to see and places to eat and drink at, please let me know!
That’s it for my July update for now, so until next time, ciao!