I made that post about the top 10 countries I want to visit before I hit 30 with a dream in mind. In order to think about a future goal as big as this, I have to put it down and let my mind I mull over it for quite some time. That post was step 1.
Step 2 is dealing with the logistics and how — or if — it is possible.
What I really want more than anything is to be able and take some time — as much time as necessary — to float around this list of countries. I want to go when it feels right, and leave only when it feels necessary.
But, I’m not alone in this plan. There is so much more to this plan than just my simple list to think about.
Enter Patrick. My boyfriend. My partner.
Patrick and I are like two soul-mates that have very different life goals (how that’s possible, I don’t know). I like to think that we even each other out a bit (he’s grounded, I’m a little spontaneous). Sure, we may have met in Europe, but the fact here is that Patrick was more than fine with his four months away in 2008, and it might be a few years until he feels the travel urge to the same degree. My travel urges, on the other hand, get very strong in a matter of a few months.
So, while Pat likes the idea of traveling the world with me, he isn’t at a point where he can say, “Yes, we’re going in 2012.” I think part of this is the fact that he’s at a job where he can make buckets of money if he just sticks with it a while longer. This is good. Money is good. But, this is bad for me who is just kind of hanging out and wanting to make plans.
Furthermore, I think Pat and I have very different ideas of perfect travel. I am determined to go to Georgia, Syria and Uzbekistan; he wants something less “out there”.
And then there’s this:
A friend of ours is planning to take some time off in 2011 to travel to the US, Europe and Africa I believe. He asked us if he was taking enough time.
Pat: How long are you taking?
Friend: Eight months.
Pat and I simultaneously answered, but we definitely did not say the same thing.
Pat: Oh yeah, that’s plenty of time.
Me: No way, take longer!
So, yes, there is definitely a lot more going on in this whole 10 before 30 plan than that first post mentions. How I will make this happen is still a mystery to me (unless Airtreks were willing to sponsor us two RTW tickets, then how could we not go? teehee), but I think laying it all out there is the way to at least get the ideas flowing.
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