Six Months to Go – My Incomplete Checklist

6 months until we part, NYC!

6 months until we part, NYC!

The countdown has begun. I have six months until I will depart on the biggest adventure of my life: a year of continuous travel. I would say about 90% of the time I am very excited and the other 10% I am confused and terrified.

I have a bad habit of not thinking things through. This bad habit replaces my previous bad habit of thinking too much.

I used to spend a good deal of my time overthinking everything so much that I could never make a decision. Over the years I have made an effort to not overthink things to the point that it sends me into a fast downward spiral. Not thinking things through is my way of protecting myself from having a complete mental breakdown. If I think through the challenges and trials that await me when I travel, chances are I will never get on the plane. I find it best to put my blinders on.

For now I have six months to go and I am on track (or should I say back on track) with my budget (70% there!) and I am in the overwhelming stage of planning. I’m not a planner by nature, so I’m not worried about over planning. Instead I have the fear/knowledge that I will be at least slightly unprepared.

My To Do List:

Selling / Donating my Belongings

When did I acquire so much stuff? I living in a tiny New York apartment and yet over the past month I have been able to donate four large black trash bags of clothing, kitchen supplies, and books. And I still have so much more to get rid of. I’m not a clothing-obsessed person, but I have years of hand-me-downs from my mother and I keep holding on to those pesky “skinny” clothes, probably just to torture myself. I don’t plan on getting rid of all of my clothes before I travel. Because I will be subletting my apartment, I must narrow down my non-furniture belongings to fit in a couple of cardboard boxes. Right now I probably have enough to fill a dozen cardboard boxes. I have a lot of work to do.

Buying Travel Gear

I need a new camera desperately. I’m not the type of person that is going to carry around a huge camera all day. I need something that is small enough to fit in my pocket or a small bag.

Any suggestions?

I also need a lot of miscellaneous things such as packing cubes, a passport cover, and an external hard drive.


I’m not afraid of needles. The biggest issues I have with getting my vaccinations is 1) I’m still trying to figure out where I’ll be going and what vaccinations I will actually need and 2) I don’t have a doctor in NYC. I have missed my “annual” physical three years in a row. Did I mention I’m not so good at planning?

Rough Itinerary

Right now, I only know that I will probably land in Bangkok. Other than that, I have no destinations planned. There are a million places I want to experience life in, but I must narrow down those places to fit my time and budget. I also need to set up an itinerary to get my visa requirements in order.

Do you have any camera suggestions for me?

16 thoughts on “Six Months to Go – My Incomplete Checklist

  1. Heather @ TravelingSaurus

    Haha laughing at your not thinking things through replaced your previous bad habit of overthinking everything!

    Six months is still tons of time to at least outline your adventure–and more importantly, find somewhere to get your vaccines!!

    I’m a big fan of Canon cameras, but I’m just a “normal” person that takes “normal” photos, so I’m sure some gear-gurus will chime in. Check out the PowerShot series..? Lots of options.

    1. Kendra Granniss Post author

      Thank you! I currently have an old PowerShot which I like a lot, but now I’m feeling like I need just a step or two up. I’m am a “normal” person taking “normal” photos too, which is why I need all the help I can get in picking out a new camera. I hope to improve my photography skills while I’m on my adventure.

  2. Kim Dayman

    A really small and great camera to step up your game is a GoPro. This camera was made for travelling, taking photos and video in HD quality, tiny enough to fit in the palm of your hand with options for tons of great gadgets like waterproof casing, brackets to attach it to anything and everything! It can get a little expensive with all the ad ons but I got mine second hand, bought one key bracket and was able to use existing tripods etc. Worth looking into for sure! Good luck and make sure to write about what you end up with 🙂

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    1. Kendra Granniss Post author

      Thank you for the advice! I have never heard of GoPro cameras, but I will look into them. I don’t mind investing a good chunk of money into a camera because it will (hopefully) be such a good investment. Also, I tend to drop things…a lot. So I need something tough. I’ve been using the camera on my phone for far too long!

  3. Marisol@TravelingSolemates

    Hi Kendra, I’m so excited for you! Six months will be here before you know it.
    As for camera, if you need something portable and tough, I suggest Olympus Stylus TOUGH TG-3. As its name implies it’s really tough. It’s recommended for active shooting because you can drop it anytime and it’s still okay. It is also waterproof. We actually bought it to use underwater (if you remember seeing our Bora Bora underwater photos, it was shot using this camera). It is also great for regular above water shots. It has a lot of feature that you can play with. I normally use a pro-DSLR camera but I found the resolution of Olympus TOUGH really good for a non-DSLR camera.

    1. Kendra Granniss Post author

      Thank you! Your Bora Bora pictures are gorgeous. I will look into the Olympus. I’m pretty sure I’ll drop it a lot (and probably into water at least once), so it sounds perfect.

  4. Franca

    Six months is a good amount of time to get everything sorted before leaving, you’ll be fine. When we left for our still ongoing travels, we ended up doing everything at the very last minute even if we knew we were going to leave beforehand. Don’t make the same mistake and take it easy without getting too stressed at the end 🙂

    1. Kendra Granniss Post author

      I’m surprised that I’m actually getting everything together so early. It is so not like me. I guess it’s because I’m so excited! I”m most worried about getting the correct shots!

  5. Andrew

    I remember when we were 6 months away, we had so many tasks to complete and so many people to see before we left it felt so crazy and such a relief to leave the country! We were pretty lucky as we were able to sell our furniture to our landlord as we rented it unfurnished so that got rid of a huge amount of our stuff. We started selling other things about 12 months before we left though! Now we’ve been back in the UK for nearly two months and we’re leaving again in August! We have a Micro 4/3 camera (bigger than a point and shoot but smaller than a DSLR) it’s a Panasonic Lumix GF3, it’s over two years old now but is a great little camera! 🙂

    1. Kendra Granniss Post author

      I am subletting my apartment furnished, so I’m lucky to not have to worry about that either. Although, I don’t have much stuff to begin with! It’s hardest to get rid of books, I think. Congrats on another big adventure coming up! I will look into the camera. It seems to be right in my price range.

  6. Tiana

    How exciting!!! I am itching to go to Thailand so bad, so that’s awesome that you’re starting there. I look forward to reading your posts about it! In roughly 6 months i’m hoping to be in SE Asia as well (teaching) so perhaps our paths will cross 🙂

    As far as the camera goes, I don’t have my OWN suggestion to make, because the camera I brought on my trip ended up being pretty crappy. But, i’ve read that the Lumix LX5 is great. It’s pricey, but compact and takes fantastic pictures.

  7. David C

    As far as cameras go now, a lot of consumer point and shoot cameras are amazing. You don’t need a fancy DSLR with lenses you can change. That won’t suit your purposes.

    If you insist on having DSLR capabilities, there are new hybrid cameras that take the lens capabilities of DSLRs but offer them in a body type that is similar to most mass consumer point and shoots.

    I would still recommend a standard consumer point and shoot. They are relatively cheap, can do video in HD, have stupid high megapixel counts and are still small and lightweight.

    If ever you want to talk cameras, let me know. It’d be nice to meet up, catch up and chew the fat before you leave.

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