I know it has been a while. No, I have not cancelled my trip. I leave in less than a week for Bangkok and from there…I can’t say I have much planned. I really need to get on this planning thing.
The past couple of months have been a whirlwind of chaos. Before I quit my job (yes, I finally quit!) I was working 80 hour weeks. On top of my office job, I was also picking up extra night and weekend shifts at the theater.
I’ve been saving a lot of money, but not as much as I’d hoped. I barely met my minimum goal, meaning that I will have to be extra frugal if I’m going to travel for a full year. I’m usually really good at saving money, but I was pretty miserable at my office job, which zapped almost all of my motivation from me. Plus, I absolutely hate the winter. I hate the darkness. I hate the cold. I hate snow. And, most of all, I hate the holidays. I know…bah humbug.
So, in every free moment that I had, I was going out to dinner/drinks/Broadway shows with friends in order to keep my spirits up and stop me from crawling into my bed and not coming out until Spring. I wish I had saved more.
Oh well, the show must go on. I will travel until I’m nearly out of cash, then figure it out from there.
So, what have I been up to since quitting my job?
Well, I’ll tell you. I’ve been having a pretty amazing pre-backpacking vacation. My super-talented friend, David, is a cast member on the Disney Fantasy cruise ship that is based out of Port Canaveral, Florida. He invited me to visit him on the ship before I left on my grand adventure so I happily obliged.
During my week on the ship, I learned to snorkel in St. John (which is quite a feat for a girl who can barely swim), met a few Disney princesses, ate some amazing Puerto Rican food, and drank a lot of margaritas. It was exactly what I needed after a stressful end of 2014.
And while I was in the Orlando area, I went to Disney World with my friend, Julie. It was pretty awesome, especially since we rode Space Mountain about 5 times in a row, but it was so expensive. It definitely put a dent in my savings.
Then we visited Harry Potter World. Which was also ridiculously expensive, but totally worth it. Take all of my money, Harry Potter. Rob me blind and I won’t care. Childhood dreams came true. I’m pretty sure my brain imploded in on itself.
Now, I am back in snowy New York City trying to wrap up my life here. There is a lot to do, but I am slowly trudging through it.
Next time you hear from me I will be out of the snow and into the Thailand sun!