It’s official, I’m joining the growing community of digital nomads! Yes, in just one week, I’m leaving my corporate job in the travel industry and embarking on worldwide travel adventure with only what I can fit in a carry-on. After getting married in October, that’s the next logical thing to do with my new husband, right? 🙂 While many new couples make plans to buy a house together or move to the ‘burbs, we’ve been working hard to sell nearly everything we own and saving money for at least a year of Airbnb stays around the world. Check out my long-term travel FAQ’s for more info on our plans!
We’re leaving Miami on January 12, then making a quick stop in Buffalo, New York, before taking a one-way flight (free, thanks to AAdvantage miles) to Tokyo, Japan, on January 24. We’ll spend a week in Tokyo, a week in Kyoto, and a few days in Osaka before heading south to Chiang Mai for a month. What’s next? We’ll figure it out as we go!
As of now, we have no end date on our vagabonding. We’ll keep going as long as we still have money and enthusiasm, hopefully at least two years. By traveling slowly, spending several weeks in each place, we hope to avoid burnout and keep traveling on.
Planning for long-term travel
You may be wondering how long we’ve been planning for this adventure. Or maybe a location-independent life is calling to you. I’ll just say this – if there’s a will, there’s a way. I’ve heard stories of people quitting their jobs and heading out with just a couple hundred dollars in their bank accounts. On the flip side, you see people who save for years and plan everything out completely. We’re somewhere in the middle, saving up for several months but keep an open mind, knowing that we will figure things out along the way too.
We’ve made many preparations ahead of time, like timing our departure with the end of the lease on our apartment. We visited the doctor and got all the vaccines we needed (Hep A, tetanus, typhoid). And we’ve been steadily accumulating credit card points and frequent flyer miles to save money on travel in the future. But we don’t want to plan every part of our travel so specifically that we sacrifice spontaneity. Hopefully this balance works out!
I’m excited to share our experience with you via my blog and Instagram, so if you haven’t subscribed to the blog yet, please do! And follow me on Instagram for some gorgeous photos and hilarious stories. Maybe our paths will cross somewhere in the world in the future, so please keep in touch!